Musee Vivant, Bujumbura

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See wildlife and traditional houses at Musee Vivant, a small zoo within a vast park. Compare different species of crocodiles from Lake Tanganyika and the Rusizi River, and visit enclosures with a leopard, a chimpanzee, and antelopes. Terraria house banana green snakes, gaboon vipers, cobras, boomslangs, and pythons, while rare fish from Tanganyika swim in the aquarium. You'll have the chance to pet a crocodile or hold a snake. The museum's cultural component involves a thatched hut displaying a collection of traditional tools from a Burundi village, as well as photographs of past royalty. To plan Bujumbura vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • I liked almost everything except that we couldn’t visit the aquarium as they were no electricity power neither bulbs it was dark  more »
  • Is probably no longer possible in Burundi in order to operate a zoo. The question is whether you then not should fail. Especially when the chimps, you have compassion.
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  • Nothing much to see, only some crocodiles, chimpanzees , one leopard and some snakes, although our daughter of 2,5 years old like it.  more »
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  • Nice place to visit with some crocodiles, monkeys, snakes and chimpanzees. Decent parking area and many kiosks selling handicrafts. A medium restaurant in the parking area too.
  • A great way to spend the afternoon! Crocodiles, leopard, chimpanzees with the option to feed, good snake collection and more!
  • Though the place shows signs of neglect and some places look a bit run down, it is part of the must go places while you are in Bujumbura, Burundi. Animals in the place include a leopard, chimps, 2 species of Crocs, several snake species (python, spitting cobra, Gabon viper, mamba just to name a few), an antelope and a few bird species. The staff are very helpful and more than willing to go out of their way to give you more background on most of the animals and stuff in there. Some staff are conversant in Swahili and French and of course the local dialect Kirundi. Though you would be out of luck if English is your only language. For a small fee you get to see the Crocs feeding and also get to touch and hold some of the snakes. The python was a big treat for me! The place is easily accessible from town either on foot(about 20 minutes walk) or by car (5 mins drive). It's proximity to lake Tanganyika is also a plus as you can enjoy the spectacular views and if in luck, you'll get to see a few hippos basking in the shores of the lake.
  • Ideal for a perfect family day out, especially in the weekend. I would totally recommend it for a nice morning on a saturday or sunday.
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