Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso, meaning land of the sincere people, was given its name by the legendary Thomas Sankaré, also named the Ché Guevara of Africa. Burkina Faso is a colorful mix of cultures, home to about 60 ethnic groups. Traditional festivals and ceremonies? The Burkinabé love them! Traditions play an important role in the cultures of the different ethnic groups and festivals and ceremonies are part of them. Local mask and dance festivals, the annual horse festival in Barani, the international film festival in Ouagadougou or the Tour du Faso, Burkina’s annual cycle race are all well worth your visit!

practical informations

Tourist highlights:Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Sindou Peaks, Domes of Fabedougou, Tiébélé, Gaou, Dori
Best time to visit:October to March
Capital:Ouagadougou
Population:~21.5 million
Language:French and several local languages, including Moore and Fulani
Currency:Franc CFA (XOF)
Voltage:220 V, types C and E plugs
Safety:It’s safe to travel between Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Gaoua, Tiébélé, Banfora and Sindou. Border zones with neighboring countries are off-limits, likewise for the North of the country
Travel documents:Passport needs to be valid for at least 3 months before arrival, most nationalities require a visa. Papillon will assist with the letter of invitation for you to apply for it.
Yellow fever vaccination needed.