4x4 Car hire Burundi and Self drive holidays

Rent a 4×4 car in Burundi for safari and self-drive tours. Pick up from Bujumbura at the airport or from your hotel and explore the nature of Burundi. Take a tour to Bujumbura the capital of Burundi a place you will find time to visit interesting places. The Snake and Culture Museum, Islamic culture canters, city hall and a visit to Lake Tanganyika. The rocky monument in the city suburb commemorates the arrival of John Speke and Hannington on their Africa expedition.  The city markets, craft centres and beautiful tree-lined streets downtown.

What’s a Safari like in Burundi

There are numerous game reserves and parks throughout Burundi. These protect a huge selection of mammals, the impressive Big Five, reptiles such as the Nile crocodiles, hogs and several species of antelopes. During your visit here, you won’t find huge tourism with big convoys of cars or trucks. However, walks to the bush lush will lead you to tracks of uncommon species like the black and white rhinos. A 4×4 drive plus walking safaris may as well be used to explore, mountain bikes or on horseback can be another alternative. In some game reserves, you will be allowed to move around alone without a ranger guide. There are self-catering choices among the accommodations, which will provide you with options on your own safari lodge choice in the wilderness.

Places of interest include;

  • Rusizi National Park
  • The Karera Waterfalls
  • Kigwena Reserve
  • Kibira National Park
  • Teza Tea Plantation
  • Saga Beach
  • Lake Rweru
Karera Water Fall
Karera Water Falls stands out among many in Burundi and it is commonly visited by a large number of tourists every year. The fall is alleged to have healing powers that serve as medication. Local and international visitors dip themselves in this water for divine healing.

Burundi Car Hire and Self-drive Holidays

Hire a 4×4 vehicle to explore Burundi – this offers you a perfect way to embark on a self-drive safari that guarantees adventure and a real wilderness Burundi experience. Self-drive holidays in Burundi mean freedom to explore at your own pace. Burundi has well-off unbeaten tracks, so a good 4×4 vehicle is essential. Rent a car here that can act as both a driver and a shelter in the wild – your 4×4 with camping is the key to unlocking the full magic of your African self-drive adventure. It is better to pick a vehicle which best suits the kind of experience you’d like to have and the typical road conditions you expect to meet. That’s why, in the following, three of us will concentrate on how to select the right vehicle, the types of 4×4 vehicles available, and the factors you should consider when choosing your ideal 4×4.

4x4 Jeep - Tour Burundi

Pick up from Bujumbura and take on a self-drive tour in Burundi. Sometimes such trips start from Rwanda in Kigali and end up in Bujumbura Burundi. Opt for a one-way rental.

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Safaris in Burundi & Camping

Choose a camping on your Burundi Safari holiday. We have 4x4 with rooftop tents for camping at great deals. Alteratively we have ground camping gear if you are more than 4 persons.

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An overview of 4×4 car hire in Burundi

We have a wide range of 4×4 vehicles available for hire in Burundi. The tourist arrivals to the country have been on the increase for recent years, contributing to the development and modernization of car hire facilities and services. The increase in self-drive safaris has also contributed to a wider choice of vehicles that are offered for hire to cater to the different needs and wishes of tourists. This has made it easier for tourists to find suitable 4×4 car hire to begin their self-drive holidays in Burundi. Four-wheel drive vehicles are particularly popular among tourists because many of the safari expeditions and national parks are mostly accessible by 4×4 Jeeps. It helps to get a self-drive car that has 4×4 as this is going to be more flexible for all destinations compared to a 4×2 vehicle.

Must-visit attractions and landmarks in Burundi

Rusizi National Park – Situated in the delta of the Rusizi River where it starts to flow into Lake Tanganyika near Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. The National Park harbours hippos, sitatunga antelope, and birds and is the only park in Burundi where game fishing is permitted. Here the Rusizi River is at its deepest and narrowest, in a spot where it should continue flowing straight through. However, due to eruptions from the nearby Mount Toba between 75,000 and 75,000 years ago, the damming effect has left a large isolated meander filled with water known as the Ruvubu Spillway where the river tries to find a shortcut through to the north of Lake Tanganyika. This attempt to escape the lake and continue to follow its former course to the Congo River is what creates the strong Rusizi River Current and is an interesting geographical feature to see.

Kibira National Park is Burundi’s best and biggest park, covering 400 square kilometres of mostly primary montane forest. It’s home to colobus and blue monkeys, chimpanzees, and the occasional forest elephant. The most popular way to visit the park is to walk along the well-maintained 3km trail from the park offices to the Kigwena Nature Reserve, run by the Usumbara Welfare Society. Here you can see three habituated groups of colobus and hear chimpanzees. A raised canopy walkway in the adjacent part of the forest is due to open soon. Access to the canopy walkway can be arranged by contacting the Usumbara Welfare Society and making a donation. Guided walks of varying duration and difficulty can also be arranged from the park offices, including to the pretty waterfall of Chutes de la Karera or to the magical and steep-sloped Ntara River valley which forms the core of the park.

Kibira National Park – It borders Rwanda and is home to no less than 644 species of wildlife. Escorted walks can be arranged with guides on request, but permits should be obtained from the ONT (Office National du Tourisme) in Bujumbura or at the park entrance. In particular, the park is home to a large variety of primates, including chimpanzees, of which there are very roughly estimated to be about 2500 individuals residing in the park. Other primates include the black and white colobus, the blue monkey, and various others. Other mammals include forest elephants, which occupy the lower reaches of the park, and buffalo, which were recently reintroduced in 2014. The park also boasts over 200 types of trees, including the tallest mahogany trees in East Africa, which offer a cool change from the otherwise humid, equatorial climate. Bird enthusiasts will not be disappointed as there are an estimated 366 species present in the park, although some locations are difficult to reach due to the thick undergrowth and marshy terrain. Data about birdlife is constantly being updated and can be obtained from the FBCC (Fund for the Conservation of Chimpanzees). Local people exist in and around the park and aid in the conservation of its resources. There is the possibility of exploring aspects of their varied cultures and even staying in a traditional village – something which is rare in the modern world. The French NGO ‘Association Vie et Nature offers this opportunity and works with communities to find a way in which they can utilize the park’s resources with minimal impact on the environment.

Rusizi National Park – It’s located in western Burundi near the town of Bujumbura. It is named after the river that makes the western border and is a good natural area with plenty of wildlife. Rusizi National Park is also a habitat for a variety of reptiles and the narrow-nosed or baboon monkey, as well as hippopotamuses. It provides a serene environment and a good natural location for relaxation and meditation. This park became famous as a refuge for hippopotamuses during the 1990s war, as many people sheltered there to escape the fighting. French soldiers from the UN peacekeeping force killed 23 hippos on September 19, 2004, after the hippos had chased some fishermen from Lake Tanganyika. This only served to heighten the problems of the area. Comprising three separate areas, the park is a great place for simply relaxing, taking boat trips, and viewing the wildlife. It is also a safe bird-watching park and is proud to have 162 species of birds, the most famous being the crested crane. The variety of birds is due to the opening up of the sanctuary in the 1980s, and new species are still being identified. As of 2003, the park is still a safe area not affected by more recent problems. The source of the Ruzizi River is among the attractions of the park, with its characteristic surging water. Some say it is more beautiful than the Ruzizi Delta area, which is less than a 1-kilometer stretch where the Ruzizi flows into Lake Tanganyika. This park also serves as a strategic location, as Lake Tanganyika is said to be the deepest lake in the world and is a pearl in the Rift Valley, stretching from East Africa to South Africa.

Lake Tanganyika – It’s an elongated lake that is situated within elevated boundaries that reach up to 1.5 km in a few places. It is 673 km long, but the average width is not more than 50 km, and in some places, it is as narrow as 16 km. The altitude of the lake is 773 m, so despite the enormous volume, it is not a large lake in the area. This has several consequences: the roads rarely deviate far from the lake shore as there is simply nowhere else to go, and none of the river outlets of Lake Tanganyika are navigable to the sea or have prevented the further colonization of waterways downstream. The lake differs from the other African Great Lakes in that its various basins are not well-connected. Only the top 100 m is oxygenated by the atmospheric oxygen. The life on the bottom of the lake will be discussed in the section on biodiversity. Lake Tanganyika is located in western Tanzania, northern Zambia, and the western part of Burundi. It is estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake by volume and the second deepest in the world, after Lake Baikal in Siberia. It is also the world’s longest freshwater lake. Lake Tanganyika was formed by the rifting of the continental crust in the Western Great Rift, which is the same manner in which the other African Great Lakes were formed.