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Visit Burkina Faso, Africa
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) in size. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Its capital is Ouagadougou. In 2014, its population was estimated at just over 17.3 million. Burkina Faso is a francophone country. It has a population of 18.7 million as of 2016.
Burkina Faso is a real treat for the curious, with both natural and manmade attractions that will leave you craving more. From the beautiful painted houses and rock drawings in the north to the nomadic tribes that crisscross the territories with herds of goats, zebus and camels, Burkina Faso is one dazzling place to explore. Despite its lack of access to the coast, its geological formations (Sindou Peaks), stunning parks (Nazinga Reserve), colorful markets (Gorom Gorom), quaint towns (Bobo-Dioulasso), and architectural marvels (Grande Mosquée) are more than enough to attract adventure travelers.
Things to see in Burkina Faso
Arli National Park
Situated in the southwestern, Arli National Park is crossed by the Tambarga and Gobnangou rivers. It is a glorious savanna roamed by thousands of wild animals including gazelles, antelopes, monkeys, mighty lions, hippos, baboons, boars, and elephants, among others. It is adjoined by two other national parks, one of which is actually located in Benin. The Tounga watering hole is a favorite spot for animal watching.
Nazinga Reserve protects the largest elephant population in West Africa. It is the best place to get up close and personal with the gentle giants and many other wildlife species. It is one of the most beautiful natural areas in the country, and is not far from the capital of Ouagadougou.
Gorom Gorom Market
Market sellers of different ethnicities come here every Thursday from all over the country. They are here to sell goods such as jewelry, printed cotton, fabrics, leather, and handcrafted items just to name a few.
Ruins of Loropéni
The ancient stone ruins are located in Lobi. Believed to be about 1,000 years old, the Ruins of Loropéni are nicely preserved for their age. Archeologists are still unsure what the ruins used to be but it is speculated to be the former settlement of the Koulango or Lohron tribes. Both indigent groups are known for collecting and transforming gold into crafts.
Considered one of the most important museums in the country, the National Museum of Ouagadougou was established in 1962. It houses a vast collection of artifacts from different villages, cultures and tribes along with sacred items, ethnic costumes, masks, and ancient statues that give insight into the people and culture of Burkina Faso.
One of the best cities to visit, Banfora lies in the heart of the Comoe province and is known for its diverse ethnic groups, colorful markets and proximity to some of the most beautiful areas outside of the national parks. It is the perfect starting point for visits to the Peaks of Sindou, Karfiguela Falls and Lake Tegrela.
Staple foods include sorghum, millet, rice, maize, nuts, potatoes and yams. Dishes often have sauces of vegetables, fish or meat served with these staples.
Chicken dishes are a favourite. In the towns and cities, grilled chicken is cooked in the streets and called “poulet-bicyclette” (literally ‘chicken on a bicycle’, because the birds are carried on bicycles from the villages into town). Brochettes of meat cooked on a skewer are also common.
Because fresh milk goes off quickly in the hot climate, yoghurt or soured milk forms a regular part of the diet. Gapalo (soured milk with millet grains) is popular and usually drunk from a bowl.