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Burundi

GEOGRAPHICAL INFO

The Republic of Burundi, is a small country in the Great Lakes region of Africa. It is bordered by Rwanda on the north, Tanzania on the south and east, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the west. Although the country is landlocked, much of its western border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika. The country's modern name is derived from its Bantu language, Kirundi.

 

Capital: Bujumbura

Official languages Kirundi, French

Currency Burundi franc (FBu) (BIF)

 

Climate

The climate in Burundi varies widely depending on whether you are in the lowlands around Lake Tanganyika, where temperatures average 30°C (86F), or the more mountainous north, where the usual temperature is a much milder 20°C (68°F). The rainy season in Burundi lasts from around October to May, with a brief dry spell in December and January. Burundi's high altitudes subdue the tropical climate, which makes for consistently hot days and refreshingly cool nights. The driest (and hottest) part of the year is between June and September when temperatures often rise above 30°C (86°F).

 

Geography

Burundi is a landlocked country with an equatorial climate. Called "The heart of Africa" it lies on a rolling plateau, with Lake Tanganyika in its south west corner. The average elevation of the central plateau is 5,600 feet, with lower elevations at the borders. The highest peak, Mount Karonje, at 8,809 feet (2,685 m), lies to the southeast of the capital, Bujumbura. The southeastern and southern borders are at roughly 4,500 feet (1,370 m). A strip of land along the Ruzizi River, north of Lake Tanganyika, is the only area below 3,000 feet (915 m): this area forms part of the Albertine Rift, the western extension of the Great Rift Valley. There are two national parks, Kibira National Park to the northwest (a small region of montane rainforest, adjacent to Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda), Rurubu National Park to the north east (along the Rurubu River, also known as Ruvubu or Ruvuvu).The farthest headstream of the Nile is in Burundi. Although Lake Victoria is commonly considered to be the source of the Nile, the Kagera River flows for 429 miles (690 km) before reaching Lake Victoria. The source of the Ruvyironza River, an upper branch of the Kagera River, is at Mount Kikizi in Burundi.