Ruvubu National Park is a national park in Burundi covering 508 km² that was established in 1980. Its borders fall within the provinces of Karuzi, Muyinga, Cankuzo, and Ruyigi. The Ruvubu National Park gets its name from the Ruvubu River which runs through the length of the park.
Located in North-Eastern Burundi, the park stretches over 4 administrative provinces of Cankuzo, Karuzi, Muyinga, and Ruyigi and covers an area of 50,900 hectares. The altitude varies between 1,350m and 1,836m and the rainfall varies from 1,100mm to 1,200mm per annum.
This park extends South-Westwards from the border with Tanzania along a 65km stretch of the Valley of Ruvubu River, from which it takes its name. The South-West boundary of the park lies some 20km to the East of the town of Gitega. The Ruvubu river valley comprises a series of flanked by swamp vegetation, gallery forest, and further inland, savannah woodland.
Wildlife in the Ruvubu National Park comprises 44 species of mammals including hippopotami, buffalos, leopards, monkeys, antelopes, and lions. The park has reptiles such as the Nile crocodile, and more than 9 species of snakes.
Ruvubu National Park has more than 425 species of birds that thrive in this park making it all the more attractive; there are several species of aquatic birds with a species like Gonolek. There are forest birds, including mountain species, like trogons.
Ruvubu National Park is located in the North-Eastern part of Burundi on the banks of river Ruvubu. The park also extends South towards the border to Tanzania and it is easily accessed from Bujumbura city which is only 26km away in the town of Gitega. Gitega is the second-largest city and the capital of Burundi.
The Ruvubu National Park of Burundi is easily accessible by road as it lies about 216 km away from Bujumbura and the park itself has about 50 kilometers of tracks. Recently camping facilities for the visitors have been added making it more attractive to adventure lovers.
Ruvubu National Park Activities
Being Burundi’s main National park, it offers several activities some of which include wildlife viewing and birding.
With about 50km of game tracks inside the park, guided game drives can be done by travellers while in the park. Guided game drives have travellers spotting a number of wildlife roaming the park as they go about their activities like the cape elephants, various bird species, as well as plants.
Walking on foot to encounter the savannah grasslands with their inhabitants including buffaloes and other wild animals, birds and different plant species is an exceptional way to discover and experience the best out of an African safari in Burundi. Nature walks give clients an opportunity to learn more of the park and its inhabitants including even those hidden ones that would otherwise have been missed, and Nature walking always gives you the best way to experience real Burundi environment on foot. Also, if you are personate about bird watching, then the shores of River Ruvubu are the most ideal for bird watching in Ruvubu National Park, travellers are required to carry proper gear like pair of binoculars and long lens camera.
Boat riding is a great way to discover and also spot aquatic wildlife like birds and animals, that is to say, the Nile crocodiles and hippos that are some of the permanent residents of the park.
Ruvubu National Park is a good destination to visit all year round but the dry season between June and August is the best for the optimum safari experience. Moderate rainfall occurs during the rest of the year. Due to Burundi’s position on the equator, temperatures are usually mild on the plateau while it rises slightly in the western lowlands.