The West African country attracts travelers with its unusual nature and national color. Tourists will get acquainted here with historical sites, national sanctuaries and nature reserves.
Who and why should go to Burkina Faso
Fans of ethnic tourism 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 cinematographers or to the colorful local bazaar, where you can buy cheap but unusual costume jewelry. And admire the granite sculptures at the exhibition of a local sculptor.
Travelers who enjoy the contemplation of architecture will be surprised to see the House of People, the Memorial of the Martyrs, the Moro-Naba Palace and Muslim mosques.
Travelers who prefer ecotourism will visit three national parks and two nature reserves, swim in the Carfiguela waterfalls, and watch African animals in their natural habitat.
Historical and architectural sights
Ruins of the fortress of Loropeni
The southern settlement of Lorapeni keeps the ruins of an ancient fortress of the 11th century. The structure was once a trading post that took part in the trans-Saharan gold trade. After changing the route of the trade route, the building lost its significance and gradually began to collapse.
The Loropeni Fortress is the first site in Burkina Faso to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The sacred area for the inhabitants of Sindu is “inhabited” by stone idols. The creations of nature in the form of pillars, towers and peaks are admired in the reflections of the sunset. You can get into the valley only in the dry season — during heavy rains the roads are washed away.
In memory of national heroes, a huge Memorial of the Martyrs was erected in the capital of Ouagadougou. At night, the monument looks even more majestic, thanks to the illumination built into its base.
House of People
In the center of the capital, the House of People surprises with its architecture. The roof of the building is covered with chimneys. National meetings are held in the same building.
The Moro-Naba Palace in the capital is the residence of the ruler of the state, who has always chosen from the Mosi tribe. Every Friday there is a theatrical performance imitating the departure ceremony of the ruler.
Museums and religious sites
The culture and historical development of the life of the Burquinians can be studied at the Manega Museum. National attire, jewelry, household items, musical folk instruments, masks of different peoples of the country, ceramic products are exhibited here. Sculptures of local craftsmen and dwellings of various peoples of Burkina Faso are dispersed on the adjacent territory.
The Bobo Dioulasso Provincial Museum hosts a regular exhibition of West African art and a permanent display of contemporary African art.
National Museum of Music
The National Museum of Music was built in the Sudano-Sahelian style with domed roofs. Its collection contains musical instruments created by the people over the past 200 years. Here you can examine in detail the structure of aerophones, idiophones, membranophones, chordophones.
Cathedral of Ouagadougou
The Catholic Church, erected in the capital of Ouagadougou, is the largest religious building in South and West Africa. The cathedral, made in the Romanesque style, is distinguished by two towers of different heights without spiers.
The eyes of tourists are also attracted by the tallest mosque in Burkina Faso. The only hall of the first mosque built in the capital can accommodate 1,000 parishioners. The Ouagadougou Sanctuary is interesting because of the contrasting colors of the exterior.
Travelers are advised to visit the mosque during the daytime, as the grassy wasteland of the southern part of the area around the building becomes dangerous in the evenings.
Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso
The Muslim temple of Bobo-Dioulasso looks unusual. This is a building built of clay, which is studded with logs all over the surface. Inside, the space of Bobo-Dioulasso is occupied only by corridors and columns, the ceilings of unusual texture are finished with mahogany.
Laongo Sculpture Park
Near the village of Laongo, a local sculptor in the open air organized an exhibition of sculptures made of granite. Tourists see humanoid statues, animal figures, abstract sculptures.
To date, the number of sculptures has increased, and visiting the exhibition has been paid.
Palace of Cinematographers
In Ouagadougou, a tourist has the opportunity to visit the Palace of Cinematographers. The building hosts the annual Fespaco African Film Festival. Travelers are curious about the unusual monument erected in front of the palace.
300 kilometers from the capital, one of the most colorful bazaars in Africa, the Gorom-Gor market, is located. Locals sell leather goods, hand-woven fabrics, jewelry, oils and even animals here.
Merchants are dressed up in the clothes of their nationality. Women with bizarre hairstyles advertise voluminous gold jewelry. Natives in loincloths sell flashing weapons.
Natural attractions, reserves and parks
A biosphere reserve has been created in the southwest of the state. Lake Mar oz Hippo, located here, is home to hundreds of hippos and 200 species of birds. The sacred place for the inhabitants is included in the World Network of Reserves.
The Tambi-Kabore National Park took under the protection of elephants. Tourists will see powerful animals here in their natural habitat. In addition, unique trees are planted in the park: Maslenitsa, teak, carob and baobabs.
Arly National Park
Arly National Park is located on the territory of the tugai forest, whose trees are an endangered species. Riding on it in a jeep, you can admire elephants and tigers, lions and crocodiles, monkeys and buffaloes, as well as other savannah animals. Tourists who want to get closer to nature can walk along the paved hiking trails.
Waterfalls of Carfiguel
Surrounded by reed fields, mango and cotton trees, the waterfalls of the Komoe River roar. Especially attractive are the water cascades at the end of the rainy season. An observation deck with a magnificent view of the waterfalls is located on the rock of Dam de Carfiguela.
Those who wish are allowed to swim at the top of the waterfalls. However, extreme sports enthusiasts are warned about the fast flow of the river and slippery stones at the bottom.
Ziniari Nature Reserve
Ziniari Wildlife Park is located in the very center of the country. In their natural habitat, you can see a variety of African animals: antelopes, monkeys, zebras, buffaloes, elephants and lions.