Burundi is a country near Rwanda that has just recently joined the East African community in order to enjoy some of the financial benefits that accrue from being a member of such a conglomerate but in actual this country is geographically located in the central part of the continent. It is a third world country in totality and this is evidenced in the kind of infrastructures this country possesses.
Before you make up your mind to self drive in Burundi and particularly in the capital city of Bujumbura, always first consult your embassy in that country if at all it has one there because not so many countries have embassies in this country. This is all due to the security turmoil that has dwindled this country for so many years. This is evidenced in the fact that even the resident government employees and travelers normally move in convoys.
So when you are going for a self-drive holiday in Burundi, its easy to get a driving license in Burundi, and consequently the standard of driving is poor and results in many serious accidents. Great care should be taken at all times but especially at night because many vehicles do not have lights. Keep car doors locked and windows closed when driving. Roads are average within Bujumbura, though some have large potholes but the main National Routes are in quite good conditions. Other roads away from Bujumbura will be in poor condition and many roads are only passable with a 4WD especially in the rainy season. Fuel is generally imported from Kenya and Tanzania and is consequently quite expensive- this may be something to take into account when planning your trip.
They do not receive very many tourists around the year since they do not have a lot of tourist attractions in relation to its sister East African states.
There is only one international company that is hiring cars in Burundi and this is none other than Europ car, Rwanda Car Rental and these cannot allow you to take a car without a driver. So you will have to hire a car and a driver thus a guided safari. At the time of this print, there was no known local company offering car hiring services in Burundi so what people who are going to Burundi do is to hire a car from either Uganda or Rwanda particularly with a driver and cross over to Burundi.
Car Rental Burundi is the most commonly known car hire company that offers short and long term rental for a self drive & Guided tours, Projects in Burundi. This Company Extends to cover neighbouring countries like Rwanda, DR Congo, Uganda, Tanzania. Contact them