WHY VISIT BURKINA FASO
A relatively poor country colonized long ago, Burkina Faso is however a country rich in cultural activities and the inhabitants take great joy in their lives. This country is especially known for its cinematic festival, the Fespaco.
The Capital, Ouagadougou, can be easily visited on foot. That way you will get a chance to meet and chat with the inhabitants, stroll around the commercial quarter and enjoy the overall sense of welcome the town offers its visitors.
To the east you will find the Arli National Park with many animals living in relative freedom; antelopes, gazelles, monkeys, elephants, and lions too.
To the west, around Banfora, you will find spectacular countryside, perfect for hiking or cycling. Here you can visit the Karfiguéla Falls, Lake Tengréla with its many hippopotami, and the Sindou cliffs which will no doubt fill you with awe.
A little to the north, in Bobo-Dioulasso you can visit the Provincial Museum of Houet with its magnificent collection of modern African Art as well as more traditional objects. Here also is the Grand Mosque representing the ethnic Bobo. Make a slight detour and visit the Kibidwe quarter with its potters and blacksmiths.
In the south, the Nazinga Reserve has a wonderful elephant population and you can visit them if you are accompanied by a guide.
Your travels through Burkina Faso will no doubt be enlivened by music and dance which forms an integral part of the Burkinabé culture and its traditional festivals.
WHAT TO SEE IN BURKINA FASO
WHEN TO GO TO BURKINA FASO
The best period to visit Burkina Faso is from November to February.
Two large seasons dominate the country’s climate: From November to May, the dry season, characterized by the harmattan, the hot Saharan wind which often makes its appearance between December and February, and the really hot weather that starts in March.
The rainy season is between June and October.
The best time therefore for visiting Burkina Faso is when the climate is the most temperate, between November and February despite the inconvenience of the pervasive fine sand caused by the harmattan.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Burkina Faso.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH BURKINA FASO
Traveling around the interior of the country is easy by car, bus, or shared taxis.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON BURKINA FASO
health tips & vaccination: check your normal vaccinations are up to date and add hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, meningitis, and typhoid. Try to buy sealed bottles of drinks from manufacturers, filter or boil drinking water and avoid ice cubes. Rinse glasses before drinking from them. Use pasteurized milk and wash your hands thoroughly and regularly. You should also avoid bathing in stagnant water, do not enter into close contact with animals, and protect yourself well from the sun.
local currency: CFA Franc
local time zone: GMT+0
electricity: type C and type E (220 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN BURKINA FASO
typical food in Burkina Faso
souvenirs from Burkina Faso
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