Ruvubu National Park is considered the largest national park in Burundi covering 508km2. Ruvubu National Park covers a significant amount of land on both sides of the Ruvubu River, situated in the eastern Burundi.
According to the records available at the Office of Tourism in Burundi, Ruvubu National Park was set up in the year 1980 and is the homeland of some of the most striking flora and fauna.
It is this flora and fauna that makes Ruvubu National Park standout among all the other Burundi tourist attractions.
Wildlife in the Ruvubu National Park consists of animals like hippopotamus, buffalo, crocodiles, leopard, monkeys, antelope and lion.
Bird lovers will have a marvelous time in the Ruvubu National Park as more than 425 species of birds thrive in this park making it all the more attractive.
The Ruvubu National Park aims to preserve the endangered species of animals and birds. Human habitation had been evacuated from the park so that the different wildlife species could thrive well.
The Ruvubu National Park of Burundi is easily accessible by road as it lies about 216 km away from Bujumbura and the park itself has about 50 kilometer of tracks.
Recently camping facilities for the visitors have been added making it more attractive to adventure lovers.
Kibira National Park
The Kibira National Park straddles four provinces in Burundi and has an area of 40 000 ha. It is composed of montane rain forest containing several vegetation strata: Entandrophragma excelsum and Parinari excelsa stands, Parinari excelsa var. holstii and Polyscias fulva stands, Polyscias fulva, Macaranga neomildreadiana and Syzygium parvifolium stands, Hagenia abyssinica and Faurea saligna secondary forest stands, Philippia benguelensis and Protea madiensis high-altitude stands on ridges, Arundinaria alpina (pure bamboo) stands, stands along thalwegs and stands formed by reclaimation of previously cultivated and grazed land.
Kibira National Park is a zone rich in both animal and plant biodiversity: 644 plant species have been found in the park, as well as about 98 species of mammal (primates, servals, African civets, etc.).
Bird life is also rich and varied, with 43 families and more than 200 species identified.
More than three-quarters of the water in the country’s largest dam – providing more than 50 percent of the hydroelectric energy consumed – comes from this forest.
Thus the park plays a fundamental role in regulating the hydrological system and protecting against soil erosion.
Rusizi National Park, Burundi
Rusizi National Park is the most popular and sought after Burundi tourist attraction. Rusizi National Park in Burundi is commonly known as Parc National de la Rusizi and is situated in the north-west of Bujumbura.
The park is divided into two parts; the larger part lies on the eastern bank of Rusizi River where you have Rusizi delta a point River Rusizi enters Lake Tanganyika.
Tourists normally enjoy a lot in this park as they can explore various unique species of flora and fauna and the environment also supports the existence of these unique species.
Wildlife species in Rusizi National Park include hippopotamus, antelopes and monkeys along with numerous species of colorful birds.
Various species of trees namely the Acacia Albida and Euphorbia candelabrum are found in the northern part of the reserve. Various species of unique birds form an integral part of the Rusizi National Park which makes the park a wonderful Burundi tourist destination.
In Rusizi river there is a mythical story about Gustave the crocodile believed to have mysterious powers.
While the largest Nile crocodiles typically measure something over 20 feet, Gustave supposedly reaches 30 feet; some people who have seen him claim he is 40 feet, teeth to tail. Locals describe how he has devoured fisherman after fisherman, swimmer after swimmer.
During one raid, legend has it, he chomped up more than a dozen people and still seemed hungry at the end of it all.