Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso  – the "land of the free men" – may be one of the poorest in the world, but it is one of the richest in culture and nature. Some of the friendliest people in West Africa inhabit this landlocked country, where the traveller will see magnificent architecture in Bobo-Dioulasso and Tiébélé, and stunning natural formations in Sindou. As well as some of the last elephant populations in West Africa in Nazinga.

See our travel suggestions below and contact us if you are interested or need more information about Burkina Faso. It is also easy to combine a trip to Burkina Faso with a visit to Ghana, Ivory Coast or Mali.

Kameli Travel organises trips to Burkina Faso – whether you're just looking to experience the busy, yet laid-back atmosphere of Ouagadougou, the country's amusingly named capital. Or continue deeper into the country and see the famous clay mosque and old town of Bobo-Dioulasso, glide by boat on the hippo teeming Lake Tengrela, watch the sun set over the rock formations of Sindou or admire the unique architecture in the courtyard of the Royal Palace of Tiébélé. Not forgetting the elephants of Nazinga, of course!

We can arrange a professional guide and transport services for you or your group, and book your preferred level of accommodation. However, if you wish to travel by public transport, we can arrange for a guide to accompany you on these as well.

Contact us if you're interested, need more information about travelling in Burkina Faso or already know where you'd like to go in Burkina Faso. Or let us know the date and let us make a suggestion. It's easy to combine a trip to Burkina Faso with a visit to Ghana, Ivory Coast or Mali.

Tour suggestions

We are organising a guided small group trip in January-February 2025 to Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Benin, from 28 Jan to 13 Feb 2025. This trip can also take place at other times:

The Grand Tour of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo and Benin, 28 Jan–13 Feb 2025

Day 1 - 28 Jan 2025 | Arrival in Ouagadougou, where we will stay overnight
Day 2 - 29 Jan 2025 | Visit to the crocodile lake of Bazoulé and city tour of Ouagadougou, where we stay overnight
Day 3 - 30 Jan 2025 | From Ouagadougou to Tiébélé
Day 4 - 31 Jan 2025 | From Tiébélé to Tengzug in Ghana and on to Tamale
Days 5–6 - 1-2 Feb 2025 | Kumasi and Akwasidae Festival
Day 7 - 3 Feb 2025 | Journey to Cape Coast and Elmina Castles on the coast of Ghana
Day 8 - 4 Feb 2025 | Journey to Accra
Day 9 - 5 Feb 2025 | From Accra to Togoville village in Togo
Day 10 - 6 Feb 2025 | From Togoville via Akodessewa fetish market to Atakpamé
Day 11 - 7 Feb 2025 | From Atakpamé to Koutammakou
Day 12 - 8 Feb 2025 | From Koutammakou to Boukoumbé in Benin and on to Natitingou
Day 13 - 9 Feb 2025 | From Natitingou via Tanéka Koko to Dassa-Zoumé
Day 14 - 10 Feb 2025 | From Dassa-Zoumé via Abomey to Porto-Novo
Day 15 - 11 Feb 2025 | From Porto-Novo via Ouidah to Grand-Popo
Day 16 - 12 Feb 2025 | From Grand-Popo to Cotonou
Day 17 - 13 Feb 2025 | Visit to Ganvié village, city tour of Cotonou and transfer to the airport

Highlights of Burkina Faso No. 1, 4 days

Day 1 | Arrival in Ouagadougou, where we stay overnight
Day 2 | Ouagadougou to Bobo-Dioulasso, where we stay overnight
Day 3 | From Bobo-Dioulasso to Banfora, where we stay overnight
Day 4 | Return to Ouagadougou

Highlights of Burkina Faso No. 2, 3 days

Day 1 | Arrival in Ouagadougou, from where we continue directly to Nazinga Ranch, from where we continue to Tiébélé, where we stay overnight.
Day 2 | Visit to Tiébélé and return to Ouagadougou
Day 3 | Visit to crocodile lake of Bazoulé, followed by a city tour of Ouagadougou

The Grand Tour of Burkina Faso, 7 days

Day 1 | Arrival in Ouagadougou, where we stay overnight
Day 2 | Ouagadougou to Bobo-Dioulasso, where we stay overnight
Day 3 | From Bobo-Dioulasso to Banfora, where we stay overnight
Day 4 | From Banfora via Diébougou to Gaoua, where we stay overnight
Day 5 | From Gaoua to Ouagadougou
Day 6 | Day trip to Tiébélé, followed by return to Ouagadougou

The Grand Tour of Burkina Faso and Mali, 8 days

Day 1 | Arrival in Ouagadougou, from there via Bazoulé to Bobo-Dioulasso, where we stay overnight
Day 2 | From Bobo-Dioulasso to Banfora, where we stay overnight
Day 3 | From Banfora to Sikasso, where we stay overnight
Day 4 | From Sikasso via San to Djenné, where we stay overnight
Day 5 | From Djenné to Mopti, where we stay overnight
Day 6 | From Mopti to Ségou, where we stay overnight
Day 7 | From Ségou via Siby to Bamako, where we stay overnight
Day 8 | Departure date

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in the centre of West Africa, is slightly smaller than Italy by area (270 764 km²). It has a population of around 23 million and its capital, Ouagadougou, is located in the centre of the country. Burkina Faso gained independence from French rule in 1960 and, as a colonial legacy, French is the dominant language of the country, although it is no longer an official language. English is poorly spoken. People make their living from agriculture, but the country also has considerable gold and mineral reserves. Tourism is recovering, but so far on a relatively small scale.

Climate: Burkina Faso's weather is generally hot, dry and sunny, but the country still has four distinct seasons. November to February is the cool, dry season, when night temperatures can drop to 15 degrees Celsius. February to June is the hot season, when shade temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season lasts from June to September, with more rain in the south and less in the north. From September to November is the "in-between" period, when the air is still hot and humid, but gradually starts to cool down and dry out.

Security: The security situation in Burkina Faso has improved considerably in recent months and the main tourist destinations in the west and south of the country are again safe to visit. The border area with Mali, Niger and Benin, as well as the north and east of the country in general, are dangerous and should not be visited. Most foreign travel advisories advise avoiding travel to the whole of Burkina Faso, and of course each individual will make their own decisions. Thanks to its extensive network of contacts, Kameli Travel is able to assess whether an area is worth visiting or whether it is better to wait.

Visa: With the exception of some African nationalities, visas are required for everyone. The most convenient way to get one is on arrival at Ouagadougou airport. The visa on arrival costs 110 000 CFA francs (around €168) and is valid for three months. Please note that visa policies and prices are subject to change without notice. The passport must be valid for the entire journey.

Currency: Burkina Faso uses the West African CFA franc (XOF) as its currency, which is pegged to the euro. One euro is worth around 656 francs. You should take euro banknotes with you and exchange them on arrival or withdraw cash from an ATM.

Vaccinations and malaria: Burkina Faso requires a certificate of yellow fever vaccination. In addition, hepatitis a and b vaccinations are recommended. Please ensure that your basic vaccinations are up to date. Malaria is prevalent throughout the year, so anti-malaria medication is recommended.

Travel insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended. Please check with your insurance company that your insurance is valid also in Burkina Faso.

 

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