By Carissa Hickok
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country located in West Africa. Burkina is bordered by Benin, Togo, Mali, Niger, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire. As a francophone nation, French is the official language. The capital city of Ouagadougou is also Burkina’s largest city. Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Africa and certainly not a popular vacation spot but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything to offer. On the contrary, Burkina Faso has big and beautiful safari parks, waterfalls, traditional structures and unique architectures, and a thriving nightlife in the cities. Burkina Faso has a tropical climate with the raining season from May or June to September and the dry season from October to April. Really, it’s a diamond in the rough just waiting to be discovered.
There is so much beauty here! It is no wonder that people want to visit.
Transportation infrastructure in Burkina is underdeveloped. The main airport is Ouagadougou Airport in Ouagadougou. To reach Burkina Faso, you will have to connect in Paris or in another West African nation. There are about 7,771 miles of highway in Burkina but only about 1,243 miles of the highway is paved.
Bobo-Dioulasso is the second largest city in Burkina Faso. The main attraction in this city is its nightlife. The restaurants and live music in bars and clubs will make you want to get up and dance the night away.
Comoe Province is one of the most beautiful regions of Burkina Faso. Comoe includes the Tengrela Lake, where you can spot hippos, and Karfiguela Waterfalls, where you can go hiking or settle down for a picnic.
Gorom Gorom is a town in the northern part of the country. Come on a Thursday to check out the market, filled with traders from all over the country, and buy jewelry and souvenirs for family and friends back home. In Tiebele, a small village near the Ghanian border, you will find traditional mud huts and other beautifully decorated architectures.
If you are here for the animals, you need to visit these parks. Arli National Park is one of four national parks in Burkina Faso. Arli covers about 270 sq. miles and houses thousands of animals including lions, monkeys, antelopes, and hippos. The water hole in Tounga is a reliable place to catch wildlife throughout the year. The Nazinga Game Reserve is about 97,000 hectares. At Nazinga, the highlight is the elephants but you will also see birds and crocodiles. Stay at the Nazinga Ranch, which is conveniently located near the reserve’s most used watering hole and a popular place to spot wildlife. Bangr Weogo is an impressive urban safari park located in the heart of Ouagadougou. Bangr is home to many plants and animals including giraffes.
There is so much to see and do in this place!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.