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Burkina-Faso

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile
With wildlife suitable for safaris, towns and villages, and a particularly hospitable population consisting of numerous ethnic groups, Burkina-Faso forms part of authentic Africa, with Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, as neighbours. Independent in 1960, Upper Volga became Burkina-Faso in 1984. Conditioned by the cultural events that occur all year round, the country awards a large place to art and live traditions, and those who travel to Burkina-Faso will see the richness of their craftwork and the diversity of the masks made there.

Our Editorial team's advice

All the richness of your trip will depend on your capacity to integrate yourself with the pace of local life, in order to meet people from the country. Walk, take the time to absorb the atmospheres, and be receptive to your surroundings! The more active of you may also choose to discover the countryside and villages on a bike! The country is flat, the method of transport pleasant, and hiring is possible!

pros

  • +The country is politically stable and secure.
  • +The people are very hospitable.

cons

  • -There is no seaside.
  • -Outside Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, the hotel infrastructures are quite basic, so tourists seeking luxury should avoid it!

Food

The national dish is tô, a paste based on millet, corn or sorghum flour, with a sauce. Meat is often served charcoal braised. Try millet beer, or dolo. Traditionally made, you can buy it in the streets, the houses, and in the countryside.

Souvenirs

It is very interesting to discover craftwork from Burkina-Faso, as there is a considerable diversity of products: basketwork, pottery, weaving, bronzes, paintings, sculptures, and leather work, to the joy of visitors to all the country's markets! The National Centre for craftwork, in Ouagadougou, allows you to buy everything that is made in the country as craftwork. You can also visit the workshops where the items are manufactured, there. Bargain for everything you buy. You would be a disappointing customer if you bought at the first asking price! Shops are open from 8.00am to 12.30pm and from 3.30pm to 7.00pm, from Monday to Saturday. The big Ouagadougou market is open 7 days a week.