Cultural Tourism


Gishora Sacred Drum

Gishora is one of the famous drum sites of Burundi. Gishora is perched on the top of a hill at 7 km from the urban centre of Gitega). To relive the cultural tradition of Burundi one can visit the drum sanctuary of Gishora. The site recreates an architectural complex of Royal palace, rarely found elsewhere in the country. Drummers’ performances can be watched

The Intore Warriors, Kirundo

The warriors of Umwami (King) of ancient Burundi did not always have the same name; those of the first army set up in the country to defend the king against the internal rebellions or the external attacks were called ‘Intore’. Others were called ‘Ibirima’, ‘Amasuka’, ‘Abadasigana’, etc. according the symbolic representation of the valor or boldness of the warriors. The ‘Intore’ dancers kept this military parade formerly executed by the royal warriors, back from the battlefield, to express their bravery before a delighted population awaiting them, in the presence of the King. Dressed in leopards’ hides, and wearing a kind of wig with long sisals on their heads, a string of bells on their ankles, a necklace (in ivory), and holding a lance in the right hand and a object standing for a shield in the left hand, the dancer performed gracious movements following the rhythm of the sound of the horn of antelope, whistling and drums, in a deafening racket proper to the warrior terror. The movement of the dance changes constantly depending on the content of the poem proclaimed by the leader who organizes the show. Today, this performance is executed during official ceremonies of the nation, as it is for other performing groups. Nevertheless, one should notice that three male dances (Drums, Agasimbo, and Intore), kept an official mark based on the ancient kingship, now become shows on official events. This historical dance is one of the attractions at northern lakes of the country, near the administrative centre of Kirundo.


Agasimbo Acrobatic Dancers, Makamba

The ‘Agasimbo’ dance is peculiar to this southern region of Burundi. Like most of male dances of Burundi, the ‘Agasimbo’ dance is performed with much deftness to prove the talent, suppleness, beauty and the physical strength of the dancers. It is an entertainment performance struck up simply for the pleasure and joy of living of the inhabitants of that region of Buragane, but also for amusing people the evenings, especially during periods of good harvest in this fertile region of the country.

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Rubumba Tourist and Cultural Village

The successor of a king was enthroned following a well-known ritual. After the death of the king, while the ritualistic staff ‘Biru’ took care of the body, all the personnel of the crown and the princes, came to Mwihangarizo, where mourning was observed for three months until the enthronement of the new monarch. The place was the departure point of the investiture procession. The ambience was very festive, enhanced by the spectacular drumming of Gishora, praise-poetry, and exhibition of different dances. It was a very important day in which all kings participated in some pre-ordained rites including planting sacred, venerated trees and groves, the living symbol of the permanence and sustainability of the Burundian monarchy and its sacredness The sacred groves of Ntare Rugamba, Mwezi Gisabo, Mutaga Mbikije, Mwambutsa Bangiricenge, and the last of the kings of Burundi Ntare Ndizeye are still remarkable sights to view on top of Mount Rubumba.

Community tourism

Burundi is one of the rare African countries whose ancestral way of life has withstood the test of time and remained as authentic as it was back in the nineteenth century when the first colonialists discovered the country. The last remaining traditional huts of the Mugamba region are a living testimony of the uniqueness of Burundi local communities. When visiting this part of the country, a tourist can easily witness how well organized and authentic community life was during the Burundi monarchy. Community based tourism is today one of Burundi’s unique selling points. Combined with the hospitality and friendliness of the Burundi people, its distinctive cultural heritage and diversity of traditional dances and music, the country has plenty to offer the tourist.