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Bujumbura is the capital and largest city and main port located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika.

Bujumbura grew from a small village after it became a military post in German East Africa in 1889. After World War I it was made the administrative center of the Belgian League of Nations mandate of Ruanda-Urundi. The city’s name was changed from Usumbura to Bujumbura when Burundi became independent in 1962

The city center is a colonial town with a large market, the national stadium, a large mosque, and the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Bujumbura.

Bujumbura has a population of 331,700

Bujumbura is governed by a community council and community administrator and is divided into 13 communes, or neighborhoods, each with its own neighborhood council and neighborhood boss.

Bujumbura features a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Its wet season is from October through April, while the dry season covers the remaining five months, being located close to the equator, it has average temperatures constant throughout the course of the year with the high temperature at around 29°C and the low temperature at around 19°C.

Museums in the city

Rusizi National Park
Livingstone-Stanley Monument at