Burkina

Burkina

Etymology

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Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

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How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

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Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Ouagadougou – Ouagadougou, more commonly know by the abbreviated name Ouaga, is the capital city of Burkina Faso and also the home of the country’s administration and economic centers. The architecture here is far from inspiring and the sights will leave you underwhelmed (except for the impressive Roman Catholic cathedral) but the city is a true hive of performing arts inspiration. Dance, live music, awesome festivals and craft markets make for a memorable and rewarding travel experience and make a trip to Ouaga worthwhile. [thecrazytourist]

Bobo-Dioulasso – The city of Bobo-Dioulasso, which fortunately also has an abbreviated name; Bobo, is the second largest city in Burkina Faso. Despite its size, the city has a laid back and exclusive feel which makes it a favourite resting spot for travellers from all backgrounds and with all budgets. The city is worth exploring in the daytime but the main attraction here is the nightlife. The live music and restaurants in the city are some of the best in Burkina Faso. thecrazytourist]

Banfora – Banfora is situated in one of the most beautiful regions of Burkina Faso, the Comoe Province. The town is not much of a draw for tourists in itself but the location is perfect; the nearby attractions include Tengrela Lake, which is a great place to spot hippos, especially in the dry season, and the Karfiguela Waterfalls which make for a great hiking or picnic spot. thecrazytourist]

Gorom Gorom – Gorom Gorom is a town in the north of Burkina Faso, situated at what was once an important location at the crossroads of the Sahel. The main reason to visit the town is without question the market. Each Thursday, traders from all over the country travel to sell their wares at this impressive market. It is a great place for souvenir shopping with items ranging from jewelery to handcrafted leather items. thecrazytourist]

Tiebele – Tiebele is a small village located right next to Burkina Faso’s border with Ghana. The Kassena people of Africa, one of the oldest ethnic groups of the country, originate from this village and as such there are a great number of traditional mud huts and other architecture all of which are beautifully decorated. The houses here, mainly due to the poverty in the area, are built entirely from straw and mud but they are decorated with character and pride, making them a great spot to visit. thecrazytourist]

Arli National Park – This national park, situated in southeast Burkina Faso, is one of four in Burkina Faso and is home to thousands of animals. The park occupies an area of around 700 square kilometers and species that call the park their home include lions, antelopes, monkeys and hippos. Formerly the park was home to the African wild dog although it is thought that, due to the expanding human population and other factors, the species may have been wiped out in the area. thecrazytourist]

The Ruins of Loropeni – These ruins, thought to be at least 1000 years old, serve as a vivid reminder of just how vast and important the cross-Sahara gold trade once was. The site is a Unesco World Heritage site and was the first to be rewarded with such a status in the country. The stone ruins here make for a fascinating day trip and are still, at present, being excavated with many more secrets expected to be discovered with time. The nearby town of Gaoua is not really worth visiting and has a bad reputation in the country. thecrazytourist]

W National Park – This National Park is actually shared with both Benin and Niger. The animals situated here enjoy a transition of terrain between savannah and forest and include huge flocks of migratory birds. The park is another of Burkina Faso’s Unseco World Heritage sites. Impressively, the park has also shown evidence of early neolithic settlers. thecrazytourist]

Nazinga Reserve – Not far from the border shared with Ghana, the Nazinga Game Reserve covers an expanse of around 97,000 hectares. If you are visiting the country for its wildlife then this reserve is a must. The elephants here steal the show although the birdlife and crocodiles are also popular. The best time to see the reserve’s elephants is between the months of December to April. thecrazytourist]

Sindou – The lively town of Sindou is located in the Loraba Province of Burkina Faso and is mainly know for the nearby rugged rock peaks that appear suddenly from the surrounding shrubbery. The great thing about Sindou is that, although the Sindou Peaks are a genuine tourist draw, the town retains its character and charm and does not feel like a tourist spot at all. thecrazytourist]

Ouahigouya – Ouahigouya has been the center of Mossi culture since it was founded in 1757. It is the fourth largest city in the country and attracts a fair amount of travellers from around the world. The main attractions here are the market, the street food vendors which serve variations of tasty rice and the Yatenga Chef who is the head of his faith and provides information on Mossi culture on a “pay what you wish” basis. thecrazytourist]

Ziniare – Ziniare is situated in the Oubritenga Province and is notable for being the birthplace of the former president of Burkina Faso; Blaise Compoare. The sites of interest to travellers in the area include the Ziniare Wildlife Park and the unusual granite sculpture which was the work of a collective group of 18 artists from 13 different countries. The animals at the Ziniare Wildlife Park include hyenas, lions, tigers, elephants and a single giraffe. thecrazytourist]

Lake Tengrela – Although mentioned above as a nearby attraction to Banfora, this lake is worthy of its own place on this list. The hippos here are the main draw and it is thought that, due to the animals being of the sacred variety, they will not attack humans. There is a good chance of seeing hippos all year round and tours of the park are safe and usually reasonably priced. If you are lucky, you will also be able to watch local fisherman casting their nets in the lake. thecrazytourist]

Bangr Weogo Park – This fantastic wildlife park is situated in the very heart of Ougadougou city. It has to be one of the most amazing urban parks in the world and has an impressive host of animals and plant life. The park also has a great museum detailing the natural history of the area as well as great restaurants and recreational sports and play areas. thecrazytourist]

Sabou – The town of Sabou is most visited for its sacred crocodiles. The crocs are seen as being harmless and remarkably no accidents involving the crocodiles have occurred here for over 70 years. If you are looking for a unique photo opportunity to impress your friends back home, the local residents here will actively encourage you to sit on one of these critters for a snap. thecrazytourist]

Festivals

Festivals

Tabaski Festival – In addition to Ramadan and the Feast of Eid al Ftir, Muslims of Burkina Faso also celebrate the Tabaski Festival, which involves sacrificing a ram. Traditionally, fathers of the house are tasked to purchase, slaughter and prepare the animal, while the women cook rice and sweet drinks. The date is dictated by the lunar calendar. [iexplore]

Festival International de la Culture Hip Hop – Otherwise known as Waga Hip Hop, this annual festival is one of the biggest of its kind in West Africa. This celebration of urban cultures is usually held in mid-October, attracting thousands of international artists and media. In addition to hip hop, the festival also celebrates beat-boxing and other forms of vocal tunes not only in Ouagadouga, but in other cities such as Bobo-Dioulasso, Koudougou, Fada N’Gourma, and Pô. [iexplore]

Festival Jazz – Held in Ouagadougou and Bobo, the Jazz Festival of Burkina Faso features some of the biggest names in music on the continent. It is marked by performances from established names, as well as rising stars. [iexplore]

Festival des Masques et des Artes – FESTIMA or the Festival of Arts and Masks feature inspiring performances from different masked dance troupes hailing from West Africa. The main objective of this biennial event is to protect and promote the rich tradition of mask-making in Burkina Faso. [iexplore]

Festival Panafricain du Cinema – Held in various countries throughout Africa, FESPACO or the Panafrican Film Festival celebrates film and filmmakers screening their best work and builds stronger connections and relationships between industry professionals. FESPACO attracts participants from all over Africa and beyond. The top prize is the prestigious Etalon de Yennenga award, which honors the best national film to showcase “Africa’s realities.” [iexplore]

Semaine National de la Culture – Also known as National Culture Week of Burkina Faso, this festival is the most widely celebrated cultural event in the country. It alternates with the Panafrican Film Festival and features a wide range of spectacles including trade fairs. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

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Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

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Language Exchange

language Exchange

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LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

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Resources

Resources

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