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Birding tours

We know of no currently organised birding tours to Burundi.

Trip reports

We have been unable to find any recent trip reports.

Guides

There are no birding guides known in Burundi.

Safety

Read the following website or the embassy website for your own country for the latest safety and travel information UK FCO. If you decide to go to Burundi despite the travel warnings, there are a number of safety issues which are similar to those in any other African country. Guidebooks, travel companies and the above websites provide the advice one needs, but some key points warrant repetition here. (1) be aware of the risk of malaria, seek current advice, sleep in a sealed tent or under a net and take prophylaxis as recommended. (2) always ensure you have sufficient water and some method of purification (even if this comprises a pot and a campfire for boiling). (3) do not under-estimate the danger of being in the sun too long. Ensure you use sun-block and drink plenty of water, and wear a hat. (4) The incidence of Aids is high (5) Ensure that you take a reasonably-equipped first-aid pack with you including a supply of hypodermic needles.

We received the following from a correspondent who spent a short time in Burundi in February 2011.

"The Rusizi delta is an easily accessible site for visitors staying in Bujumbura: it takes just 15-20 minutes to get there and one can spend just a couple of hours or even a full day there. I was told by my local colleagues that the area was off-limits in the past because of “rebel activity” but the “delta sector” of the Rusizi is now safe to visit. The northern part (a vast natural palm forest) is still considered a rebel area however. The same can be said of Kibira: while the southern end is absolutely fine, several people told me that it’s best not to venture too far north into the forest, again because of rebel presence."

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