Burundi is a small state, located at the north-eastern coast of the Tanganyika Lake in Central Africa. It shares borders with Rwanda to the north, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west and Tanzania to the east and south-east. Landlocked does not. The climate of Burundi is mostly tropical. Average temperatures: 15 - 20C, in lowlands 23 - 25C. There are four seasons, depending on rainfall: a long dry season (June - August), a short wet season (September - November), a short dry season (December - January) and a long wet season (February - May).
Burundi is mainly agricultural grazing country; as a result of this fact there is a deforestation and destruction of traditional habitats. In the remaining forests eucalyptus, acacia, fig and oil palm dominate. In the country elephants, hippos, crocodiles, wild boars, lions, antelope are found; there is a wide diversity of birds - most common are crowned cranes, guinea fowl, partridges, ducks, geese, quails. A large number of fish, many of which are endemic are found in Lake Tanganyika.
Almost all the country’s population belongs to the Hutu and Tutsi peoples, and there are very few of Twa pygmies. Most of Burundians are Christians (Roman Catholics), from eight to ten percent are Muslims, and the rest follow traditional local cults. The official languages are Kirundi and French.
Burundi - one of the poorest countries in the world, but despite this there are many sites interesting for tourists. Among them: Bujumbura, the capital, with the parliament building and the former colonial administration, the city of Gitega with the royal palace. The most popular among natural tourist attractions are Kagera waterfalls, Kibabi Hot Springs, Kibira and Rurubu National Parks, Tanganyika Lake.
Folk crafts of Burundians - a variety of pottery, woven rugs, mats and baskets – are very popular among tourists.
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