This small, landlocked country between Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo has had its conflicts over the years, but now in a relative time of peace you’ll find plenty of things to do in Burundi. The country sits on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, where you’ll find some of the best lake beaches in Africa. Hang out long enough, you may even see a hippopotamus wander up onto the shore, which can be a little surreal.
The lake also has species of fish you won’t find elsewhere in the world, and if you’ve ever wanted to try Sangala, Mukeke, or Ndagala, Burundi is the place to do it. It’s also rumored to be the southern source of the Nile River, so you can seek out the pyramid marking the site before heading to one of the nearby hot springs. Also, be sure to catch a live drumming performance — they’ve been deemed UNESCO “intangible cultural heritage.”