Bujumbura - Post Report Question and Answers

What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

Beautiful colonial-era house with a beautiful garden and views of Lake Tanganyika with the volcanic mountains of the DRC beyond. Quite stunning really from the screened in porch off the master bedroom. Lovely way to start my day with coffee and birdsong. Of course I can hear the turkeys from the neighbor's yard too, but that's part of the charm here! - Mar 2021


Housing with the U.S. embassy is generally nice. Homes are large (~1500+ sq ft, I would estimate), with at least three bedrooms, and two bathrooms each. Homes are stand-alone (no apartments) and are all surrounded by privacy walls. Homes are staffed 24/7 by local guards for security. Commute time to the U.S. embassy is no more than 15 minutes in the busiest of traffic. Occasionally the roads are closed for VIP movement or protests, which can delay travel an additional 5 to 50 minutes. - Nov 2017


Stand-alone houses, 8 minutes to the embassy. - Aug 2015


Embassy housing are all full houses with yards. Size of house and yard, as well as view (of the lake or mountains) varies considerably. - Aug 2009


Expat houses are large and spacious with gardens and/or pools. Many have mango and avocado trees in the yard. Most houses are located on the mountainside above town and have a view of the lake or of the Congo mountains. The city is small so commute times average 5 to 10 minutes, depending on traffic. - Oct 2008


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