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What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Bujumbura is very community driven. Keep your eyes open and be social. You will have a good time. - Nov 12, 2017
None come to mind. - Aug 20, 2015
Anything with the lake - swim, sail, kite-board, kayak. Hang out on the beach or at any of the beach clubs. Go to restaurants (they are places to hang out). - Aug 8, 2009
Lake-front bars and restaurants for watching hippos at sunset. There’s a beach club. Lots of good restaurants. A small natural history museum with crocodiles. A nature preserve with hippos and crocodiles. Many running and walking clubs. Most weekends there will be at least one house party—home entertainment is the most popular here. There’s one movie theater that shows somewhat recent American movies dubbed in French. - Oct 30, 2008