Burundi camping adventure


Basically if you’ve ever watched Long Way Down or Long Way Around with Ewan McGregor and Charlie Borman…you have some idea of what we were doing. Except instead of 2 guys on bikes plus two support vehicles, we were two dads, plus a mom and a kid on two bikes, and one Land Cruiser with the other 10 people – for a total of 8 kids between 1-14.  So basically… the exact same thing.IMG_3520

Caleb saying – “I’m not sure this will hold you”




so we just move a few planks
…and we’re good to go

Once we got to where we (thought) we were going – we found a pretty amazing place to set up our camp. Kind of had our pick of the place.

DSC03437Pretty hard to imagine finding a much better place than this to camp.  Out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the lush green countryside of Burundi.

Also just about 100m away is a thermal hot spring, with some really hot water.  Actually there were two – one is for women and one for men.  Except on Wednesdays & Saturdays, then they’re both for men. And we were there on a Saturday.  But we had someone say basically “no that’s fine…you’re visitors…your women can come in”  Yeah..don’t think that’s going to happen when there are about 40 dudes in the pool – and when us guys get in we have every set of eyes staring at us intensely and constantly.   But the guys had a nice cleansing & relaxing soak before bed.  And the women actually got a chance in the smaller one when a bunch of the guys cleared out.


The next morning we took a hike to find some waterfalls that we had been told about – and they did not disappoint.

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The water was FREEZING – but we spent pretty much the whole morning swimming, cliff jumping, making dams in the streams and just enjoying this beautiful place.

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Someone was pretty excited for her first PIkki ride. And she managed to hold on for the whole hour and half back home. I kid. But she did like riding around the campsite a bit.