Estimate population 7,596,700 - Capital City: Bujumbura
Burundi is a country surrounded by other countries having no coast line, situated in Central Africa. The Republic of Burundi has an area of 27,816 square kilometres (10,740 square miles) and is bordered by Rwanda on the north, Zaire on the west and Tanzania on the south and east. It is also one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. About 80% of the people are Hutu, about 15% are Tutsi, and most of the remainder are Twa, or Batwa, a Pygmy group. Rundi and French are the official languages but Swahili is also spoken.
The middle of the country has magnificent mountains with forested slopes. Great rivers like the Congo, Nile and Ruzizi River are well worth exploring as well as Lake Tanganyika. Animal life includes elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, warthogs, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, baboons and antelopes.