ABOUT Burkina Faso is a landlocked nation in West Africa. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the south east, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d'Ivoire to the south west. Four regions of interest to tourists are the Central, Western, Eastern and Northern parts of the country. Many tourist attractions in Burkina Faso can be found in Burkina Faso. Those listed below are the best known and welcome visitors in great numbers each year. Each spot has its particularity, history and chronology. Located in the middle of Ouagadougou, Fernando, G. and Bachirou, N. March 26, 2006. stated that “in the urban park of Bangr Weogo can be found more than three hundred and sixty species of plants, one hundred and sixty species of birds and more than forty species of animals such as antelope, crocodiles, monkeys and squirrels among others. The Bangr Weogo infrastructure includes a museum entirely dedicated to the animal kingdom, a sports area, a play area for children named “Faso Park”, and a restaurant”. The tourists on vacation in Ouagadougou will enjoy visiting the different facilities in the Bangr Weogo Park. The National museum of Ouagadougou is also an important tourist spot. It was created in 1962 and is still completely functional. It welcomes a combination of traditional villages that represent the different cultures and tribes of Burkina Faso; inside the museum a library is available and also sacred items that tell a lot about the culture of the country and its population. The wildlife park of Ziniaré has an important variety of animals living in captivity. There, you can find elephants, lions, antelopes and many other species; it is a very fine place to visit. If you have extra time you can visit the house of the president Mr. Blaise Compaoré near the wildlife park. The most extraordinary tourist spot that the tourists will never forget is the museum of Manega also called the “Land of Rest” located at fifty (50) kilometers at the north of Ouagadougou which has been founded by Master Titinga Frédéric Pacéré, lawyer and a man of culture. Indeed, he stated that “strangely related to the sacred, this museum conceals a lot of items dealing with the domain of the mystery. There, the tourists is able to find for example 500 sacred masks having all participated in rituals in front of dead men; several tens of YAKOUGA or tombstones with men's effigy dating back to several millennia and whose rocks are aged between 2,600,000,000 and 1,600,000,000 years, elements of the oldest African cultures and many others items”. A trip in the museum of Manega is essential for those who felt in love with the mysteries that the African culture carries. At Bobo, there is the old, grand mosque of Dioulassoba built in “eighteen ninety (1890),” which is located in the center of the town; there, visits are only allowed in the early morning. The grand Mosque represents a very good example of Sahel architecture. The “Princess Guimbi Ouattara” was a prominent figure in the history of the defense of Bobo Dioulasso against the invaders in the early eighteen hundreds and for those interested about her story, it is possible for them to visit her mausoleum. Tourists who want to take a rest in a heavenly place, the area of the Guinguette is opened to the public. In fact it is a very beautiful place where people can swim without being disturbed; the vegetation and the atmosphere are pleasant. A system of restoration where people can eat and enjoy the day is also available. Among the surroundings of Bobo Dioulasso is the town of Banfora which conceals the most beautiful tourist spots of the west. Indeed we can find the Natural Waterfall of Banfora which attracts each year over three thousand (3000) tourists. It is a heavenly place and tourists can take the opportunity to relax there. The East of Burkina Faso is the region of hunting and but it also conceals some tourist spots. There we can cite the Arli National Park and the W National Park which are able to provide mostly for those who fall in love with the nature and the hunting sport the opportunity to find a large variety of animals and to satisfy their envy of hunting. The tourist camp of Gorom Gorom is the ideal place to stay for the tourists when arriving in the Sahel and principally at Gorom Gorom. Indeed, the entire structure of that area is planned to welcome tourists in vacation. A comfortable place to take a rest, a service of restoration is also available and many others features are available just for the well being of the tourists.
CLIMATE The climate of Burkina Faso is generally sunny, hot, and dry. The four seasons in Burkina Faso are dry and cool season from mid-November to mid-February, with temperatures dropping to about 16 °C at night; a hot season from mid-February to June, when maximum temperatures rise into a low of 40 °C in the shade and a hot, dry, dust-laden wind blowing off the Sahara desert is prevalent, a rainy season, which lasts from June to September and an intermediate season, which lasts from September until mid-November. Annual rainfall varies from about 40 inches in the south to less than 10 inches in the north.
BEWARE There is a general threat from terrorism in the Sahel region, and a heightened risk that kidnap activity may cross the northern borders from Mali and Niger into Burkina Faso. We therefore advise against all travel to the area of Burkina Faso north of the town of Boulsa, 25 km north of the capital Ouagadougou, particularly those areas bordering Mali and Niger. There is a risk of crime involving armed groups stopping vehicles (including public buses) to rob them in various parts of the country, particularly at night. You should avoid all travel between towns by road at night. See local travel section for further details. Street crime poses high risks for visitors. Most reported incidents involve opportunist snatches of purses, wallets, jewellery and other valuable. Thieves are particularly active in crowds.