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Museé Vivant

Located within Bujumbura, in a reconstructed 'traditional' Burundian village, the Museé Vivant is an interesting place to visit, even if it is perhaps not for the faint-hearted. The 'village' section of the Museé Vivant is a great place to walk around, with a built-to-scale royal habitation, and lovely thatched-roof cabins selling local arts and crafts. The 'zoo' section of the Museé Vivant is, however, a little more 'exotic' than those accustomed to western zoos might be prepared for: the Museé Vivant boasts a leopard, and a celebrated collection of crocodiles, snakes, and other reptiles (not all housed in fantastic conditions) - and for a fee of 2,000 francs, visitors can buy live guinea pigs to feed to the animals. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but those looking for a more hands-on and unique zoo experience, are sure not to be disappointed.

Information & Facts

Address

Avenue du 13 Octobre, Bujumbura, Burundi

Admission

Admission is 5, 000 FBu

Language

French and Kirundi are the official languages and Swahili is widely spoken along Lake Tanganyika and in the Bujumbura area.

Money

The official currency is the Burundian franc (BIF), which is divided into 100 centimes. Since Burundi started issuing its own currency, centimes have not been produced. Currency exchange can be conducted at a main bank in Bujumbura or Gitega. US dollars, dating before 2003, are often not accepted. Travellers cheques in US dollars or Euros are accepted but commission rates are high. Banks are open from Monday to Friday in the morning only. Credit cards are rarely accepted and ATMs are not readily available, so it is wise to bring the necessary capital in an easily exchangeable currency.

Opening Times

Open daily

Time

Local time is GMT +2.

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