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THE EAST AFRICAN SERIES, DAY 4

Bujumbura

Checking out Bujumbura. Absolutely gutted to be getting up on my last day here in Burundi but before we head to the DRC we have a full day ahead.

AFTER RWAGASORE DIED, HIS TWO YOUNG CHILDREN ONLY LIVED ON FOR SEVERAL MONTHS

I’m no coffee person but it only makes sense to start any day in East Africa with a coffee at Bujacafe, one of Burundis best coffee shops. No doubt the reason why I don’t drink coffee will be apparent!

The morning was spent visiting various churches, and normally not something I get excited about but I enjoyed these and it’s important to learn about the history or at least touch over it.

WHERE IS BUJUMBURA?

Bujumbura

MONUMENTS

As would be normal practice in most of Africa we visited a few monuments. One to remember; the hero of independence, Crown Prince Louis Rwagasore. And the other, the monument of unity that no matter the race, religion or differences we have, we are one.

DAILY INFO… DAY 4

  • HOTEL – Ubuntu Residence 7.5/10
  • RESTOS –
    Bujacafe (cappuccino)
    Aura Cafe (buffet)
    Ubuntu Residence
  • FOOD –
    Buffet
    Beef casserole
    Pea & cucumber gravy
    Rice and chips
    Dinner
    Another failed bruschetta
    Lasagne
  • ATTRACTIONS –
    Livingston memorial
    Cathedral if Bujumbura (queen of the world)
    Church (Saint Michel)
    Hero of independence monument
    Monument of unity
  • STEPS – 7,800

AURA CAFE

For lunch we dropped into Aura Cafe for a buffet lunch and it was easily the best meal of the trip so far! There wasn’t much choice for a buffet, maybe 6 options but I could have had every dish on its own!

Checking out Bujumbura

JABE MARKET

With a quick stop to Bujumbura’s main food market we found all sorts including the scrumptious looking cows stomach. I was also pretty sure every fly in Burundi had settled here to enjoy an unlimited buffet of food to bathe on.

Checking out Bujumbura

LAKE TANGANYIKA

Our final stop today was at the lake for a quick sail, or what turned out to be a quick sail. The weather today hasn’t lended itself to getting out into the water but obviously we decided to go anyway.

Within about 2 minutes I (only me it seems) was getting covered with every wave, all I could think of was that trip back in Thailand. I could imagine the trip being a nice peaceful sail over the 2nd deepest, biggest (volume) and oldest in the world but we just hadn’t the weather.

DRONE

Then I put the drone up and because we were on the cusp of the no fly zone, I almost lost it. Not to forget that landing something on my hand while the entire boat bobbed up and down brought all sorts of problems.

I had requested to turn around but after hearing we were on our way to a beach we soldiered on and continued to get wet. It wasn’t until we were almost there the captain decided to tell my guide the beach was flooded, fml!

ARTIFACTS

After a bottle of the finest stuff in Burundi (Primus) we made our way to the local museum and zoo to check out some artefacts made by the locals. There’s a chance you will see some work in action and the skill required will blow your mind, it’s incredible but the money offered could not possibly pay for the time and effort spent on making some of these

Checking out Bujumbura

FINAL THOUGHTS

So my time in Burundi is slowly coming to an end and it’s time to move on. Did I think I would be leaving with the fond memories recently created, absolutely not. So if Burundi can surprise me then anywhere can!

NEXT UP

Off to the DRC and a night in Bukavu!! Click to read.

SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
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This post is part of The East African Series, for the entire series click here or for episode 1, click here.
To watch the video of my trip, head to my highlights on my Instagram.

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