Burundi – 134th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Burundi is my 134th country.
Burundi is a small landlocked country that sits on Tanganyika. The nation of 10 million is comprised of Hutu (85%) and Tutsi (15%) ethnic groups, similar to neighboring Rwanda. Burundi gained its independence in 1962 from Belgium. Since independence, Burundi has become one of the poorest countries in Africa with occasional coups, assassinations, and genocides. Burundi is predominantly a rural country with nearly 90% still living in the countryside.
I took the quick flight from Kigali, Rwanda to Bujumbura, the former capital of Burundi. I had planned for a three-night trip being based out of Bujumbura, with a one-day, long road trip visiting some sights out of the big city. Despite some security issues in the country, I found my stay to be both low-key and enjoyable.
Democratic Republic of Congo – 134th Country