One of the poorest countries, whose name translates as “land of honest people,” is located in South Africa. A small and densely populated country with a well-developed tourism sector attracts primarily those who are interested in history and want to watch the life of wild animals in national parks.
Few travelers note that nature is the main attraction of the African country. Burkina Faso has a lot of fascinating corners that allow you to relax while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Fans of sightseeing tourism will be satisfied, because the country offers a variety of tours that will be remembered for a long time.
Historic Monument Martyrs Memorial
The state of Burkina Faso, whose sights are not very numerous, remembers its national heroes. In the capital - the city of Ouagadougou - a monument is installed, which is the most original architectural ensemble of Africa. The majestic Martyrs Memorial Towering over the city is perfectly visible not only during the day, but also at night, because at its very base there is a backlight that allows you to view the monument in the dark.
Travelers who have visited the capital note that the best view is on the highway passing near the monument.
The religious attractions of Burkina Faso are unusual, and for tourists, the Catholic Cathedral in Ouagadougou, built in the 30s of the last century, is of interest. The building made of red mud brick is considered the largest.
Significant elements of the building are striking two towers of different heights, as if they were not completed. And the very shape of the church resembles an old mansion.
The center of the capital of the state is replete with unique monuments built by human hands. The Palace of Cinematographers, built in the 20th century, is very popular not only among local residents, but also among visitors visiting the capital for the sake of the film festival held since 1969. Directors and scriptwriters of the country and the whole world delight their favorite viewers with beautiful ribbons. The unusual shape of the building is popular with all travelers.
And the event of 1990, when the film of a famous African director received the main prize of the Cannes Film Festival, became a landmark for the state of Burkina Faso, whose sights are distinguished by incredible architectural designs.
National Museum of Music
Another original complex meets visitors in the heart of the country. A small two-story building with roofs in the form of domes was erected in the Sudan-Sahel style. The collections of the national museum have been expanding since 1998, and many exhibits are presented in a single copy. Some national musical instruments were created more than 200 years ago.
The largest theater in Burkina Faso, the attractions of which surprise tourists who have seen a lot, bears the interesting name “House of People”. Opened in 1965, the building is an original architectural structure, the roof of which looks like a cluster of chimneys.
The building located in the center of the capital is used for holding public meetings. The City Hall is preparing a new building project, promising to carry out major repairs and change not only the interior decoration, but also the appearance.
Most tourists come to visit the nature reserves and national parks with which the unique country of Burkina Faso is rich. Sights (some are described in the article) with the status of a conservation zone are open to visitors who prefer ecotourism.
In the biosphere reserve located in the south-west of the country, in which more than a hundred hippos live, local residents come, whose settlements were moved to a large distance from the coast. Mar-oz-Hippopotamus is a great place for unity of all who are tired of noisy megacities with the nature of Africa.
Burkina Faso Attractions: Natural Area
Conducting a story about the protected areas of the country, you can not get around Arly National Park, spread over 76 thousand hectares of land. The natural zone is unique in that on the savannah desert area there is a tugai forest that has almost disappeared from the face of the earth.
The park, created in the 50s of the last century, is inhabited by a wide variety of animals: elephants and lions, tigers and crocodiles, monkey populations. Jeep safaris are organized for tourists, and hiking trails are laid out for those who like to mingle closely with nature.
The most popular tourist destination is the system of picturesque waterfalls recognized by the nature reserve in the vicinity of the small town of Banfort (Burkina Faso). The attractions that all visitors admire are of great interest throughout the year. Water cascades are beautiful both in dry summers and during periods of continuous rainfall.
Near the most important tourist site is the cliff of Dam de Carfiguela, which is an excellent observation platform, which offers a stunning view of how the torrential streams of water flow from the mountain peaks to the flat terrain.
Remains of Cindou
Sandy mountain formations, located quite far away, are worth it to make an exciting trip to Burkina Faso. Sights formed after erosion processes are fantastically beautiful natural monuments.
Remains are considered a shrine for the indigenous population, and not all visitors are given to get here. A long distance to the impressive beauty of nature can be overcome only in the dry season, because during heavy rains the road is washed out and becomes impassable.
A walk along the three-kilometer valley of Cindou village, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, will bring a lot of pleasure. And night travel will be remembered for unreal landscapes in the moonlight.
In many tourist guides, the African state is described as not of interest to foreigners. But this is not the case at all, and our article is a confirmation that Burkina Faso is a small country that can offer a lot for everyone who decided to take a break away from civilization.
Top Attractions (7)
Manega Museum is a national cultural center. The museum is located in a village located about 55 km northwest of Ouagadougou and is completely dedicated to the art and traditions of this area of West Africa.
Laongo Sculpture Park is located in the vast province of Ubriteng. At the initiative of the Burkinian sculptor Sirik Key, in 1988, artists of the National Committee of Fine Arts of Burkina Faso submitted to the State Secretariat of Culture a project for the “International Exhibition of Granite Sculpture”.
The Sahel is the largest nature reserve in Burkina Faso. The reserve is located in the north of the country, but often on its lands local residents graze their livestock.
Cascades de Carthiguel, or Banfor Cascades, is a series of waterfalls located along the Comoe River in the southwest of Burkina Faso. They are located about 12 km northwest of the city of Banfort in the direction of Bobo Dioulasso, and represent one of the most important tourist attractions of Burkina Faso.
Arly Park is a wildlife reserve in the southeastern part of the country, created in 1954. It borders on the south with a national park and the Penjari river in Benin, in the west it is adjacent to the De Pama National Park.
Mar oz Hippopotamus is a lake and national park in Burkina Faso. The reserve was founded in 1937, and since 1977 it is listed in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. The park was created around a freshwater lake, includes adjacent pools, open spaces in the floodplain of the Black Volta River and surrounding forests.
The ruins of Loropeni are the remains of an ancient fortress located in the vicinity of the eponymous settlement in southern Burkina Faso. The property was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2009. The area of the Loropeni complex covers 11,130 square meters and includes several stone walls that made up the ancient fortress.
Ziniari Wildlife Park
Nature reserves are one of the main successful attempts by residents of the country to attract tourists here.
Ziniari Wildlife Park is located in the very center of the country; its peculiarity is that various African animals live in their natural environment. Here you can see elephants, zebras, antelopes, lions, monkeys, buffalos and many others.
Banffor Waterfalls, aka Cascades of Carthiguel
The waterfalls of the Comoe River are the most beautiful in Burkina Faso, they will delight tourists with their views at any time of the year, and especially after the rainy season.
This is the case when you can look at water forever. Particularly brave tourists can even take a swim on top of the Cascades of Carthiguel, but you should be extremely careful - you can slip and fall.
Waterfalls are surrounded by reed fields and mango, cotton trees. 12 km away is the city of Banfort, where you can buy or taste the flavored "homemade rum" made from sugar cane from local residents.
Stone idols of Cindu
The incredible creations of nature in the form of pillars, slides, peaks and towers of bizarre shapes occupy an area of about three kilometers. At night, these outliers are "encircled" with sunset colors: from orange to pink. The area is considered sacred among the inhabitants of Burkina Faso.
Dry weather is considered the most favorable for visiting Cindu. It is problematic to get here, but if you still have the opportunity, the impressions of the incredibly magical atmosphere will be unforgettable.
More than 60% of the country's population are Muslims. Local mosques are noteworthy for tourists:
The Great Mosque of Ouagadougou
really impressive size - holds 1000 parishioners. It is tall, its exterior finish combines contrasting colors, which looks very beautiful in photographs. The temple building is unusually quiet and calm.
The Great Mosque of Bobo Dioulasso
significantly rises above other city structures. The main feature is the appearance of the building: built of clay, studded with logs on all sides - this gives it a very unusual and exotic look.
Inside the mosque there is also something to be surprised - there are no fenced rooms, only corridors and columns, in the roof there are vents for ventilation, mahogany trim with an unusual texture on the ceilings.
Ruins of Loropeni
In the south of the country is the settlement of Loropeni, on the territory of which you can see the remains of an ancient fortress built in the 11th century. The territory of the historical memorial is impressive - more than 11 thousand kilometers.
The walls of the fortress, which today are overgrown with trees of local flora, are presented to the attention of tourists.
Laongo Sculpture Park
At the initiative of the local sculptor Sirik Key, near the village of Laongo, in 1989, an exhibition of granite sculptures in the open was opened. Over time, the number of exhibits increased, the park was fenced, and the entrance to it was paid.
Creations of human likeness, animal and abstract designs - all look harmoniously against the backdrop of local landscapes.
In this museum you can get acquainted with the culture and history of the Burkinians. Visitors are presented with exhibits on the following topics:
- National clothes.
- More than 500 masks of different peoples of Burkina Faso.
- Musical instruments.
- Ceramic products.
- Household items.
Around the museum you can see the living quarters of different nationalities and the creations of local sculptors.
Palace of Cinematographers in Ouagadougou
The famous Africa Film Festival Fespaco takes place in the capital every year, gathering all the directors and film-related specialists from the continent in this palace.
In front of the building is the famous original monument. The fact of the development of cinema in the difficult economic conditions of the country causes respect and surprise.
The most colorful African bazaar is located at a distance of 300 kilometers from the capital. A variety of peoples and goods on the shelves impresses visitors with flowers and contrasts.
Here you can buy oils, leather products, fishing tackle, handmade paintings, jewelry and even animals.
Nationalities are distinguished by their appearance - beauties with exotic hairstyles in voluminous gold jewelry, men in loincloths, natives with sparkling arms and many, many bright colors in clothes. Jewelery is considered a compulsory purchase on these lands - they are very affordable and have an original look.
A colorful market is surrounded by a plain desert.
Local cuisine is not very special, but it is very tasty. It is based on game, beef, fish, potatoes, corn, rice, legumes, sorghum. Occasionally, larvae and insects are found in dishes. It is customary to season food with spicy “drank-drank” sauce.
Almost all establishments will offer you
- Sorghum porridge is a type of large cereal.
- Chicken in peanut sauce, often in the company of baked green bananas.
- Dessert - cream whipped with eggs and bananas.
- Among the drinks, the most popular water infusion on sorghum, ginger and honey is “zom-com”.
- Lots of coffee options.
In the capital and other cities of Burkina Faso, a large number of cozy restaurants with affordable prices. It is customary to leave a tip in the amount of 5-7% of the invoice amount.
In addition to these places, you can visit Arly National Park, Moro Naba Palace, various nature reserves as part of safari tours, villages famous for their crafts, a zoo, and cozy parks for children.
The rich ethnic composition of the country's population has a positive effect on local loyalty to visitors. However, you should never appear on the streets drunk, in revealing outfits and speak badly of Burkina Faso and its culture.
In general, the country gives the impression of a very promising resort, thanks to the industriousness, talent and optimism of the Burkinians.
Who and why should go to Burkina Faso
Ethnic tourism lovers in Burkina Faso are waiting for 3 museums, as well as the ruins of an ancient fortress. Travelers will get acquainted with the history of the Burkinians, national culture, their clothes, household items, musical art, and will be able to see the ancient dwellings of local peoples.
Those who prefer to get acquainted with modern culture will be able to get to the palace of filmmakers or to the colorful local bazaar, where you can buy cheap but unusual jewelry. And also admire the granite sculptures at the exhibition of the local sculptor.
Travelers who enjoy the contemplation of architecture will be surprised at the sight of the House of People, the Martyrs' Memorial, the Moro-Naba Palace and Muslim mosques.
Travelers who prefer ecotourism will visit three national parks and two nature reserves, swim in the waterfalls of Carthiguel, watch African animals in their natural habitat.
The ruins of the fortress Loropeni
The southern settlement of Loropeni keeps the ruins of an ancient fortress of the 11th century.The facility was once a trading point involved in the trans-Saharan gold trade. After changing the route of the trade route, the building lost its significance and gradually began to collapse.
Loropeni Fortress is Burkina Faso's first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The holy place for inhabitants of Cinda is “inhabited” by stone idols. Creations of nature in the form of pillars, towers and peaks are admired in the glow of sunset. You can get into the valley only in the dry season - it blurs the road during heavy rains.
Moro Naba Palace
The Moro Naba Palace in the capital is the residence of the ruler of the state, who was always chosen from the Mosi tribe. Every Friday there is a theatrical performance imitating the ceremony of the governor's departure.
The highest mosque in Burkina Faso attracts tourists. The only hall of the first mosque built in the capital is able to accommodate 1000 parishioners. The Ouagadougou Sanctuary is interesting in contrasting exterior colors.
Travelers are advised to visit the mosque in the daytime, as the grassy wasteland of the southern part of the area around the building becomes dangerous in the evenings.
Bobo Dioulasso Mosque
The Muslim temple of Bobo Dioulasso looks unusual. This is a clay building, which is covered with logs over the entire surface. Inside, the space of Bobo Dioulasso is occupied only by corridors and columns, the ceilings of unusual texture are decorated with mahogany.
Tambi Cabore National Park has taken protection of elephants. Tourists will see powerful animals in their natural habitat. In addition, the park has planted unique trees: Pancake week, teak, carob and baobabs.
Arly National Park
On the territory of the tugai forest, whose trees are an endangered species, is Arly National Park. Riding on it in a jeep, you can admire elephants and tigers, lions and crocodiles, monkeys and buffalos, as well as other savannah animals. Tourists who want to get to know nature more closely will be able to walk along the laid hiking routes.