Burkina Faso is a country is in West Africa. It borders Mali to the north, Togo and Ghana to the south, Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast, and the Ivory Coast to the southwest.

Burkina Faso is a multilingual country. Although only French has an official status, around 70 other languages exist in the country. 40 percents of the population speak the Mossi language. The predominant religion in the country is Islam. Christianity is also rather popular, over 20% of the population practices it.

The official currency is CFA Franc. The approximate exchange rate is XOF656 for US$1. The currency exchange is available at banks and all major hotels. Credit cards are not generally acceptable. Also, there are no ATMs available. 

To get around, it is easy to hire a taxi and share it with other passengers. However, you should negotiate the price, before getting in. If you want to hire a car, you can do it through hotels and at the airport in Ouagadougou. The quality of rental cars varies widely, so it is better to check it for a day or two, before signing a long-term contract. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. Road quality is questionable, but it is currently improving, due to investments. It is not advisable to drive at night, though. 

In this country, the electric plugs and sockets are of types C and F, as in Europe. The standard voltage is 220V. 
Burkina Faso is unlike other tourist spots. Though it is bereft of high-end destinations, it makes up for in hospitality. It welcomes any traveler who makes his or her way here. However, tourism is not a well-developed industry here. Approximately half a million visitors come to the country every year.

The major tourist destinations are Ouagadougou, Ziniaré, Koudougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Banfora, Diapaga, Djibo, and Gorom Gorom. The most popular tourist attractions are the International Art and Craft Fair, the Museum of Manega, the Grand Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso, the Guinguette, the Archaeological Museum and the stone carvings of Pobé Mengao, and the Feminine Artisan Center.

The natural attractions of Burkina Faso also attract many tourists. The most famous are the Park of Bangr Weogo, the Ziniare Wildlife Park, the Natural Waterfall of Banfora, Lake Tengrela, Arli National Park, W National Park, the cliffs of Gobnangou, and the Peaks of Sindou. If you are in Koudougou, do not miss the opportunity to watch the sacred crocodiles of Sabou.

Also, Burkina Faso hosts the Panafrican Film and Television Festival, which is held every year in Ouagadougou.

A visit to this French-speaking country will transport you to another world. You will delight in the natural charm of its people, called the Burkinabé. Both their easy-going attitude and warm greetings will make you feel at home.

Beautiful landscapes of rolling savannah will take your breath away. Though it is designed without tourism in mind, it does have fascinating destinations to explore. Some of the must-see sites here include Arli National Park, Kabore Tambi National Park, and W National Park.

July 27, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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