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A hotel in Bujumbura is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Bujumbura hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Bujumbura are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Bujumbura hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Bujumbura hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Bujumbura have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Bujumbura
An upscale full service hotel facility in Bujumbura that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Bujumbura hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Bujumbura
Full service Bujumbura hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Bujumbura
Boutique hotels of Bujumbura are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Bujumbura boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Bujumbura may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Bujumbura
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Bujumbura travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Bujumbura focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Bujumbura
Small to medium-sized Bujumbura hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Bujumbura traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Bujumbura hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Bujumbura
A bed and breakfast in Bujumbura is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Bujumbura bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Bujumbura B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Bujumbura
Bujumbura hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Bujumbura hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Bujumbura
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Bujumbura hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Bujumbura lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Bujumbura
Bujumbura timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Bujumbura often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Bujumbura on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Bujumbura
A Bujumbura motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Bujumbura for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Bujumbura motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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This article is about the city Bujumbura. For provinces with this name, see Bujumbura Province.
Central Bujumbura, with Lake Tanganyika in the background
Coordinates: / -3.383; 29.367 / -3.383; 29.367
Bujumbura Mairie Province
86.52 km (33.41 sq mi)
774 m (2,539 ft)
Population (2008 census)
2,720.6/km (7,046/sq mi)
• Summer (DST)
Bujumbura (/ˌbuːdʒəmˈbʊərə/; French pronunciation: [buʒumbuʁa]), formerly Usumbura, is the capital, largest city, and main port of Burundi. It ships most of the country's chief export, coffee, as well as cotton and tin ore. It is on the north-eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, the second deepest lake in the world after Lake Baikal.
The city center is a colonial town with a large market, the national stadium, a large mosque, and the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Bujumbura. Museums in the city include the Burundi Museum of Life and the Burundi Geological Museum. Other nearby attractions include the Rusizi National Park, the Livingstone-Stanley Monument at Mugere (where David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley visited 14 days after their first historic meeting at Ujiji in Tanzania), the presidential palace and the source of the southernmost tributary of the Nile, described locally as the source of the Nile.
Ferries sail from Bujumbura to Kigoma in Tanzania. The city is home to the Bujumbura International Airport and the University of Burundi.
Bujumbura grew from a small village after it became a military post in German East Africa in 1889. After World War I it was made the administrative center of the Belgian League of Nations mandate of Ruanda-Urundi. The name was changed from Usumbura to Bujumbura when Burundi became independent in 1962. Since independence, Bujumbura has been the scene of frequent fighting between the country's two main ethnic groups, with Hutu militias opposing the Tutsi-dominated Burundi army. Bujumbura today stands as an undeveloped city but remains to develop with its country.
Bujumbura: 2014 jogging ban
According to the BBC, Bujumbura residents are known for their "tradition of Saturday morning runs started during Burundi's long years of ethnic conflict." Because the surrounding hills were home to armed militants before 2005, Bujumbura residents "would try to vent their fear and frustration and claustrophobia, by running, often in a group."
In March 2014, President Pierre Nkurunziza banned jogging, due to "fears it was being used as a cover for subversion." That same month, twenty-one opposition supporters were sentenced to life in prison for using "jogging" as a way to organize "an illegal demonstration that turned violent." As of June 2014 in Bujumbura, "the authorities have since restricted jogging clubs to certain areas. All sports must now take place in nine parks in Bujumbura and other designated football pitches."
Bujumbura is governed by a community council and community administrator. It is further divided into 13 communes, or neighborhoods, each with its own council and boss.
Commune of Bujumbura Mairie
Commune of Buterere
Commune of Buyenzi
Commune of Bwiza
Commune of Gihosha
Commune of Ngagara
Commune of Kinindo
Commune of Nyakabiga
Commune of Musaga
Commune of Kanyosha
Commune of Kamenge
Commune of Kinama
Commune of Rohero
Bujumbura features a tropical savanna climate (Köppen: Aw) with distinct wet and dry seasons. Its wet season is from October through April, while the dry season covers the remaining five months. Despite being located close to the equator, Bujumbura is not nearly as warm as one might expect, due to its altitude. Average temperatures are constant throughout the course of the year with the high temperature at around 29 °C (84 °F) and the low temperature at around 19 °C (66 °F).
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Source #1: World Meteorological Organization, Deutscher Wetterdienst (humidity, 1953–1990 and sun, 1951–1990)
Source #2: Climate-Data.org (daily mean temperatures),
Bujumbura: Central market
Bujumbura's central market is in the City Centre, along Rwagasore Avenue. During the city's heavy periods of war in 1972 and 1993, as citizens had become less likely to travel far from the City Centre, markets in neighboring communities lost their business to the central market in Bujumbura. Consequently, vendors moved their business to the central market, many settling outside the market due to lack of space. However, the central market houses the largest variety of merchandise in the city, with stores that sell everything from food and sweets, to new and used clothing, shoes and consumer goods such as soap, detergent, school supplies and household accessories.
On the dawn of January 27, 2013 a serious fire ravaged Bujumbura's central market. Due to poor emergency response, the fire lasted for hours, resulting in a serious blow to local exchanges. Hundreds of vendors, local and foreign, lost their goods to the fire and the reported looting. While Burundi's emergency services were unable to extinguish the blaze on their own, neighboring Rwanda sent helicopters to assist in the emergency response.
Bujumbura's main attractions consist of its many beaches, parks and monuments. Some of the most popular attractions are:
The Musée Vivant (the city's main zoo)
Karera Beach and Saga Beach
The Monument de l'Unité (Unity Monument)
Hôtel Club du Lac Tanganyika
The Rusizi National Park
This link to Lonely Planet provides some additional information, but it might be out of date: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/burundi/bujumbura
Bujumbura is the location for the city's multisport Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium. Mainly used for Football (Soccer) games, it is the country's largest stadium with 22,000 seats.
The city is also home to multiple Basketball and Tennis courts, as well as a multitude of indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Students at the University of Burundi
The University of Burundi is in Bujumbura, as are Hope Africa University and Université du Lac Tanganyika.
École Belge de Bujumbura (Belgian school)
École Française de Bujumbura (French school)
King's School (British school)
Bujumbura International Montessori School
Burundi English School (English Language School)
The Bujumbura bus station
The Bujumbura International Airport is situated on the outskirts of the city.
Public transport in Bujumbura mainly consists of taxis and mini-buses, locally known as the Hiace. Public transport vehicles generally have a generic white and blue paint job.
Bujumbura's taxis are abundant all over the city, and are considered the safest form of transportation. They are relatively cheap, ranging from 1500-10000 Burundian Francs (approx. $1–$6.50 USD), although taxi drivers are always willing to negotiate. Even cheaper options are the city's taxi-motos (motorcycle taxis) and taxis-vélos (bicycle taxis), although they are only available in certain parts of the city.
For long distance travels, locals prefer to take the many Hiace full-size vans, which travel regularly across Burundi. Bujumbura's main bus terminal is located by the Central Market.
Bujumbura: Health and medicine
Bujumbura is also home to many clinics and the province's main hospitals: the Prince Regent Charles Hospital, the Roi Khaled Hospital, and the Military Hospital.
Satellite view of Bujumbura
University of Burundi
Bujumbura Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bujumbura
A view of Bujumbura Beach, west of the city
Bujumbura: Culture and Arts
Bujumbura was also home of the independent weekly radio program Imagine Burundi, the country's first locally produced English-language program that focused on stories about life in the region. Segments included restaurant reviews and clips with job advice for students and young professionals. The show ran from September 2010 to August 2013 on 99.3 CCIB in Bujumbura, and recordings are archived on the show's website at imagineburundi.com.
Franks, Tim (2014-06-15). "Burundi: Where jogging is a crime". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
"Burundi MSD opposition 'joggers' get life sentences". BBC News. 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
L’administration de la Municipalité de Bujumbura, official city website Archived February 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.