The landlocked country of Burkina Faso is one of the poorest nations in Africa and, quite possibly, the world. However what it lacks in resources and wealth, it more than makes up for in spirit and natural beauty. The list of “must visit” destinations may be considerably shorter than many other countries in Africa but the people here will welcome visitors with warmth and charm and endeavor to make their stay a memorable one.
The main attraction here is without a doubt the natural landscapes which range from the rugged outcrops of the Sindou Peaks to the abundant wildlife that can be found at Lake Tengrela or the four of Burkina Faso’s national parks.
The cities in Burkina Faso do not offer many sights or tourist attractions as such but the music and other forms of performing arts on offer are truly some of the greatest on offer in Africa.
The tourist industry has not really taken off in the country and, as such, the facilities can be rough and ready and a little more planning is needed for travellers than in more tourist orientated African countries. The lack of tourists is not necessarily a bad thing however and some of the spots you will visit have a really unspoiled feeling about them and the family run guesthouses feel very intimate and welcoming.
Without further ado, here is our list of the 15 best places to visit in Burkina Faso.
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.