Hostels in BurundiHostels in Burundi

You are looking for hostels in Burundi? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Burundi hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Burundi.

All Cities in Burundi

We list every single hostel in Burundi and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Burundi for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Burundi hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Burundi. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Burundi

Burundi is a country in The African Great Lakes Region in East Africa, although it is also considered to be part of Central Africa. It is landlocked and bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was a German colony from the beginning of the 20th century until the end of the First World War, when Germany ceded it to Belgium. Burundi gained independence in 1962 and was initially a monarchy. After a series of coups and assassinations which left the country unstable, a one party system was established. There has been ethnic cleansing, two civil wars, and genocides since which have left the country underdeveloped and poor.

The capital of Burundi is Bujumbura, which is also the largest city. It is on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, which is on the western side of the country. Bujumbura is also the main port in Burundi; it ships a majority of the country’s main export - coffee - as well as cotton and tin ore. The only international airport in Burundi is in Bujumbura; it has flights to and from Brussels, Kigali, Addis Ababa, and Nairobi. There are very few paved roads in the country; the transportation infrastructure is very weak and private bus companies are the only means of transportation to Kigali. Bicycles are a popular means of transportation, or you can charter a car in Bujumbura to get to further tourist destinations like the source of the Nile River or Karera Falls.

A very important side note: Burundi is one country where you cannot get a tourist visa on arrival; make sure you check visa requirements before you travel.

The climate in Burundi is tropical savannah climate, with a consistent yearly temperature range of 19-29 Celcius. The rainy season lasts from October to April; the rest of the year is quite dry.

The currency in Burundi is the Burundian franc. Agriculture is the main industry; coffee and tea are the main exports. Burundi is one of the world’s poorest countries; lack of access to education, economic freedom, a poor legal system, and a high concentration of HIV/AIDS.

Travellers keen to visit Burundi should focus their activities in Bujumbura, where there are markets, museums, national parks, and beaches along Lake Tanganyika. Native drumming, dancing, and indigenous masks are among some of the highlights of the Burundian culture; visit Saga Plage (beach) to experience this. Rusizi National Park is a nature park near town; visit midday to see the hippopotamus families out of the water. Museums in Bujumbura include the Musee Vivant, a tiny zoo where you can feed the animals other live animals; animal rights activists should not plan to visit this but it is a tourist highlight.

Budget accommodation, such as hostels, are rare in Burundi. Instead of backpacker hostels, look for guesthouses or cheap hotels. Plenty of backpackers do visit Africa and fall madly in love with the countries and cultures. Even without hostels, you can travel quite cheaply through eastern Africa.

Once you have your accommodation sorted, set out to explore this fascinating country. Vying with a spring in neighbouring Rwanda, the source of the Nile is only 155km southeast of Bujumbura, near Kasumo. Travellers keen to explore further springs should head down the road to a nearby hot springs for a nice long soak. Karera Falls, near Gitega, are another natural highlight in Burundi; again only accessible with your own transport. Enjoy Burundi and fall in love with Africa!

expert for Burundi hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Burundi hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ on Hostels in Burundi

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Burundi?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Burundi here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Burundi safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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