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Burundi Visitor Information

Climate Chart for Burundi
Climate Chart for Burundi

Burundi in general has a tropical highland climate, with a considerable daily temperature range in many areas. Temperature also varies from one region to another, chiefly as a result of differences in altitude. The central plateau enjoys cool weather, with an average temperature of 20°C. The area around Lake Tanganyika is warmer, averaging 23°C (73°F). Bujumbura's average annual temperature is 25°C (78°F). Rain is irregular, falling most heavily in the northwest. Dry seasons vary in length, and there are sometimes long periods of no rain. However, four seasons can be distinguished; the long dry season (June - August); the short west season (September-November), the short dry season (December-January) and the long wet season (February- May).

Visas are required by all visitors to Burundi. Tourist visas can be extended at the immigration office in Bujumbura and it's best to apply in the morning.

Burundi Embassies and Consulates Abroad

Official Currency:    1 BFr=100 centimes
Current Exchange Rate:    Today's Exchange Rate

Access/Mastercard and Diners Club are accepted in a few places. Travellers cheques are best taken in US Dollars

Banks:    Monday to Friday: 0800-1130 and 1500-1600
Shopping:     Monday to Friday: 0800-1200 and 1500-1800;     Saturday: 0830-1230

Air

There are no regular domestic flights within the country.

Bus

Bus services operate in and around Bujumbura and main towns. Shared taxis and minibuses operate with the towns.

Road

Traffic drives on the right hand side and UK driving licenses are acceptable. However it is recommended you have an International Driving Permit. Road conditions are generally ok during the dry season but can become impassable when very wet

It is possible to hire cars in Bujumbura.

1st January - New Year's Day
5th February - Easter Monday/Ascension Day
1st May - Labour Day
1st July - Independence Day
15th August - Assumption Day
13th October - Assination of the Hero of the Nation
1st November - All Saints Day
25th December - Christmas Day

Electric Power is 220V - 240V running at 50Hz.
The Plug type used is: "Type C, E & F"

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