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Burkina Faso Travel Notes -- Burkina Faso is a land-locked country in West Africa, formerly known as Upper Volta. The capital is Ouagadougou. Find out more about Burkina Faso @ Travel Notes.

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Burkina Faso is a land-locked country in West Africa, formerly known as Upper Volta.

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Burkina Faso Country Information

Countries neighbouring Burkina Faso are: Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo and Ghana.

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Upper Volta gained full independence from the French in 1960, and the name was changed to Burkina Faso in 1984.

Burkina Faso was once a Mossi Kingdom, built up by those migrating from the north of present day Ghana.

By the 19th century, the Mossi states were considerably weakened and the French set up a protectorate over the kingdom of Ouagadougou in 1896.

French is still the official language of Burkina Faso.


Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, was the centre of a powerful Mossi state around 1400, and you can visit the palace of a Mossi chief.


Bobo-Dioulasso, in the west of Burkina Faso, is smaller and much more interesting for travellers who like to get to know the people.

Bobo-Dioulasso is the site of some ancient tombs and there are also a few mosques.

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Getting Around Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso by Air


The international airport (OUA) is 8km from Ouagadougou.

The domestic airport in Borgo, is about 16km from Bobo Dioulasso.


Air Burkina (VH) is the country's national airline. The country also holds minority shares in the regional Air Afrique airline.

Other airlines flying to Burkina Faso include Aeroflot, Air Algerie, Air France, Air Ivoire, Ethiopian Airlines and Sabena.

Air Volta operates flights to Bouake (C�te d'Ivoire), Tambao and Bamako (Mali).

Burkina Faso by Road

You'll have no problem with buses to the major towns in Burkina Faso, during the dry season, although things start to get sticky when the rains arrive.

Shared taxis also run on set routes when full.

Burkina Faso by Rail

The only train line is between Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso. Trains run daily although you may have people sitting in your lap.

Ouagadougou Accommodation

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Hotel Le Silmande Ouagadougou:
Route de Kaya, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

With a spectacular view of the nearby lake and surrounding park, the Silmande Ouagadougou offers French cuisine and African specialities in the 'Samandin' restaurant while the 'Beli' serves grilled food and fresh juices by the pool.

Join the Meta Travel Community to add your reviews Guests at the Hotel Le Silmande Ouagadougou enjoyed the stunning pool, excellent service and great location.

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Laico Ouaga 2000 Hotel:
Avenue Pascal Zagre, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Located in the heart of the new administrative centre of Ouagadougou. The Tenakourou restaurant offers gusts a taste of gastronomic cuisine, while the Coffee Shop and Bar Wamde are ideal meeting places.

Join the Meta Travel Community to add your reviews Guests at the Laico Ouaga 2000 Hotel rated the clean rooms, stunning pool and tasty breakfast.

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Burkina Faso Photographs

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Captioned photographs from around Burkina Faso -- covering Banfora, Bobo-Dioulasso, Boromo, Gaoua and Ouagadougou.

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Burkina Faso Tours

Visit the countryside and markets of Burkina Faso and meet the Tuareg, Bells, Peuhl and Songhai people.

Burkina to Timbuktu Independent Adventure

Stroll around the central market in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, before moving on to visit the Mossi, a strongly individualistic people who have resisted the wave of Islam that swept the Sahel.

Then travel on to Mali and Timbuktu.

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