Burkina Faso Favorites

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Burkina Faso Favorites

  • Elephants beside the road

    If you are traveling on the national road N5 between Ouaga and Pó you might have a chance to see elephants strolling around beside the road close to Pó .We had this chance, stopped and took pictures from closest nearness.But may I give you warning of attacks! Twice we had to run back to our car, because one younger elephant undertook a feint...

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  • Visa for Burkina Faso (december 2011)

    In Bamako, Mali a 90 day visa is available in the same day for 47000 CFA (~€ 70), similar price also in Europe. With a EU passport you might get a visa on arrival at the Ouagadougou for 10000 CFA (january 2012, german passport).

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  • Guidebooks on Burkina

    The sad news for the englishspeaking travellers is that there are not many guidebooks on Burkina Faso. Apart from LP and Roughguide (a bit outdated) books on West Africa only Bradt Guides have an english guidebook devoted only on Burkina (recent edition was May 2006). Check out all of them. It totally depends on everyone's taste.

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  • Formalities upon arrival

    One might think that formalities entering Burkina are strict, neverthless I found them quite relaxing, though the airport in Ouaga is a small one and can get crowded as European oriented flights arrive late in the evening.Don't expect jetways, you're transfered from your plane to the terminals by airport buses. Once you enter the building you'll be...

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  • Exchanging money

    You can exchange money in banks but in our case as we arrived during the weekend (late evening) we had the only option to exchange in a big hotel in Ouaga that our driver took us to. We were given a rate of 650CFA per 1€ which was not bad. In all other cases you could get even 640 CFA per 1€. In many cases you could even pay in Euros and get change...

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  • Currency and money costs

    Burkina's currency is West African CFA (Communaute Fianciere d'Afrique) which is conveniently common to Mali, Benin, Togo, Niger, Senegal, Ivory Coast. There is standard exchange rate to Euro (1€=656 CFA)This comes usually in banknotes of 10,000 5,000 2,000 1,000 and coins that we most commonly used 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25. We had no particular...

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  • Yellow fever vaccination

    As yellow fever is endemic in West Africa it is prerequisite that you get vaccinated before you go there. In fact you need to show a vaccine certificate to get a visa. Otherwise forget it.Plan to get vaccinated at least 10 days before your trip starts (I would say months). The vaccine is done at your local health authorities (in my case in Athens...

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  • Health issues before travelling

    Subsaharan african countries like BF encounter several precautions:1. A Yellow Fever is prerequisite and its certificate is expected to be shown if asked. It lasts 10 years (so travel as much in Africa as you can during this period)2. Malaria prevention is essential. Malaria often a fatal disease if let untreated is prevalent throughout the year in...

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  • Visa

    If you're not a citizen of a neighbouring west african country, then a visa is required to enter Burkina.A lot has been written about possibility of visa upon arrival, but I would strongly advice you not to take the risk. In fact some airlines (I have heard Air France is such case) won't even allow you into the airplane without it.Now the tricky...

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  • Africa is Africa, take it easy and keep...

    If you enjoy the unexpected and if you are patient, go for Africa! If you are White, expect to be considered very rich even if your pockets are empty... Bargain for everything or, better, try to make local friends who will do it for you. Except in a few places in Ouagadougou, do not expect Western standards in hotels: be happy if your bed is clean...

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  • Guides

    Very important to get yourself a good guide, that knows his thing and can show you a good time and sites.My guide that I found here on VT had his own car, although I must say it wasn't cheap because I was on my own, it was well worth it.Very conscientious, honest and helpful at all times.Speaks very good French and a smattering of English. He is...

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  • Find Mamoudou Cisse in Bobo Dioulasso

    Burkina Villages are all over the place, and each one is different from the rest. Different people, mud hut architectural style, and personalities. Your guide will make or break your adventures in Burkina because maps don't provide detail enough to get into the tiny villages. Also, unless you speak the African dialect, you'll want a guide to help...

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  • Fauna

    There’s lots of animals everywhere. Here you have some examples. In the dry season the houses that termites build can measure more than 2 metres.Hay muchos animales en todos los lugares. Aquí tienes unos ejemplos. En la epoca de sequia los termiteros pueden llegar a medir más de dos metros.

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  • Flora

    There?s a huge variety of plants there. If you are a Nature lover you will enjoyHay una gran variedad de plantas alli. Si eres un amante de la naturaleza tienes la ocasion de disfrutar

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  • Roads in Burkina Faso

    The unpaved roads in Burkina Fase, we drove, were most of the time good. This is the road from Ouaga to the Malinese border (Tiou-Bankass). The people and special the table-football match with the boys from Ouaga.

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  • visit the Lobi and other tribe...

    visit the Lobi and other tribe villages in the Gaoua region contacts with local people; very few tourists visit B.F., even less the Lobi region. People are very friendly. Our minibus broke down in an area where they hardly see any foreingers. We had to wait for hours and this allowed us to meet people walking to their fields. Some were quite...

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  • You must be prepared for the...

    You must be prepared for the utmost in night life 'cos almost all the people love a night out,especially on saturday's(samedi).The burkinabe's are a lovely and hospitable people to stay with. The visits to bobo-dioulasso and banfora where i met with the core of the culture of the people.

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  • You must go to the night club...

    You must go to the night club Sahel, Ougadougou you are sitting on 20cm high bench feet stretched unther a small table unther the night sky. half al liter of beer (flaq)and a band playing 2 bob marley songs and a local song for all evening. just local people no tourists, when done you can walk to the mainstreet and enjoy the rest of the...

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  • FASCINATING CULTURE AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE

    When I went around in Burkina Faso by train I could certainly see that it is a very poor country. However people was smiling, friendly and they laugh alot, much more than we do here in Norway.THE PHOTO: CHILDREN BESIDE A TRAINSTATION.

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  • Rainy season is limited to no...

    Rainy season is limited to no more than 60 rainy days all over the year (June-August). during this period, it is not advisable to try to reach any place out of the asphalt roads, because the tracks could (and should) be kept closed to avoid spoilage by the trucks and heavy 4-wheel drive vehicles. The shape of the country is completely different if...

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