In the ‘Heart of Africa’ landscapes comprise of green hills that are fertile with volcanic soil which is perfect for agriculture, the main economic backbone of Burundi. The favorable tropical climate in the upcountry region allows production of food that the city dwellers depend on all year long. Food produced varies from vegetables to cereals which can be either for domestic or commercial use.
Amidst those fertile hills, lie vast fields that produce the main cash crops grown in this country; tea and coffee, mainly for export. Recently, Burundi has been named among the best coffee producers. Many plantations are owned by families who are also the workers in the fields. Production of these crops is seasonal with the main harvest starting in March, peak around April/May (depending on altitude and weather) and end in June.
Touring these plantations is an exciting adventure to learn about growing and processing of coffee and tea, also get a chance to participate in some simple activities that involve the processing. Alongside the local people, enjoy a hot or cold cup of coffee made the Burundian way.
The landscapes offer ample opportunities for intimate moments in the quiet, breath taking surroundings. Guests can enjoy a nature walk, a picnic and get to enjoy an outdoor lunch/snack or just relax in the plantations which offer peaceful environment with natural, fresh air.
During a drive to the Burundian countryside, beautiful scenery of these plantations offers a wonderful and natural feeling in a perfect climate, totally different compared to the hustle and bustle of the city.