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Burundi is it Safe Travel Tip

Burundi is it Safe Travel Tip
Is it safe to enter a country?

The question is always time sensitive. I have asked this question four times in my life, when I went to these three countries.

1. Iraq - 2003- Two months after heavy fighting ended, I sat at the border in the city of Silopi, Turkey trying to access whether to enter and go to Dohuk, Iraq.

2. Colombia 2001 - General problems with Narco Traffickers. I was in Quito, Ecuador, trying to learn whether to go into the country.

3. East Timor - I visited during an attempted military coup and riots. I sat in Bangkok, Thailand trying to learn if flights were going to Dili, East Timor and if they would allow me to board.

Butare, Rwanda
East Africa
Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Is it safe to enter a country?

I am sitting in Butare, Rwanda and again I am asking myself a general question,
“Is it safe to enter Burundi?”

Why, because my Lonely Planet Guidebook published in 2006 says to ask, and in reality the Guidebook for information Burundi, East Africa is of little value. I will need to find all my own Hotels; there will be no assistance from the guidebook.

Is it safe to enter a country?

First, this is the wrong question, the question needs to be specific, is the road from Butare, Rwanda to Ngozi, Burundi safe?

When entering into what could be a dangerous place, a person needs to make decisions for each step of the journey.

Are there Bandits in Burundi, I am 100 percent sure there are, and I am 100 percent sure there are Bandits along the road in the USA. How many and what are my odds of being robbed going down the road is the assessments I need to make.

I am going to stop here, do not minimize this question and do not exaggerate the danger of countries, and do not trust a guidebook. The responsibility to make these decisions are 100 percent mine, I can ask questions, I can read a guidebook, however in the end I am 100 percent responsible for the decisions I make.

Example: I am reading a guidebook that is four years old.

The situation in Burundi could be great, the guidebook says Kenya is safe, and one year ago, it was not safe, there were widespread riots and killings in Kenya. My guidebook does not say anything about this because it is too old and before the problem.

No country on the planet is safe; some are safer than others are.

Burundi is it Safe Travel Tip