Rusizi National Park, Bujumbura

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Track down hippos and sitatungas (swamp antelopes) in their natural habitat on a trip through Rusizi National Park. With luck, you'll also see flamingos strolling in the shallow ends of the river that runs through the park. Keep your eye out for the notorious Gustave, a crocodile believed to have killed hundreds of people in his lifetime. He rarely makes an appearance, but those sightings are once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Bujumbura holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Rusizi National Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Negotiate about the price, they charge 120 USD for non residents for 1 hour boat ride, which is crazy, after some negotiation I've paid 50% of this price  more »
  • Find the entrance to the Park is a small dirt road with no indication. We are located in an area that is poorly maintained where there is a billboard with the Park plant. (The other being dropped). After a fierce bargaining held by ns Links Burundi understand that you can take a tour on foot or by boat. We decide for a boat (approximately $80) watercraft discreetly held with sunroof, powered by small outboard enough to 8-10 people. We are given 2 life jackets, binoculars and a bird guide in English. The route comprises roughly two kilometres before the River estuary to the Lake Tanganyika. The landscaping is beautiful we see up close more than 30 hippos both on the water and out. Interesting the estuary with yellow ochre waters of the river who mingle with those blue of the Lake. Seen many birds while they are no longer sedentary pink flamingos. Special plastic parts by the river by the inhabitants of the houses sort of "spaventaippopotami". Very interesting.
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  • The park management must work on the facility structures to make it attractive and appealing. Visitors should get value for money which was certainly not the case for me. The boat presented for a rive...  more »
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