Burkina Faso, formerly the Republic of Upper Volta, is a country in West Africa. As a landlocked country, its 274,000-square kilometre territory is surrounded on all sides by six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and the Ivory Coast to the southwest. The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou. Though it doesn't receive many tourists compared to other parts of Africa, it is known as one of the friendliest countries in the continent.
What to see & do
Arli National Park - Arli National Park in southeastern Burkina Faso adjoins the Pendjari National Park in south and the Singou Reserve in the west, both in Benin. The park is known for its elephants, hippos, and lions, as well as buffalo, monkeys, warthog, antelope, baboons, and other animals.
Ouagadougou Cathedral - Ouagadougou Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Ouagadougou, is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ouagadougou. The cathedral was built in the 1930s out of mudbrick, in architectural style reminiscent of a European Romanesque basilica. Ouagadougou Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in the western African countries.
Musée de Manega - Musée de Manega, also called Manega museum, is a museum that focuses on the arts and musical instruments of Burkina Faso. The museum was founded by Frédéric Pacéré Titinga, a Burkinabé solicitor and writer, in the village of Manega. The museum contains a hall of national Burkinabé culture and pavilions.
Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Marché - The large market in Bobo-Dioulasso is a wonderful typical African city market. The atmospheric market has plenty of stalls with merchants, often women in colourful attires, offering various goods such as produce, clothing items, local crafts, and other random paraphernalia.
How to get around
Burkina Faso is served by buses and cars that operate to and from Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Togo. There is also train service available that goes through the Abidjan-Banfora-Bobo-Ouaga route. Within the capital, there are small green taxi cabs that run on set routes that usually radiate to and from the large central market. It is possible to ask for the taxi to deviate from its route, but that will result in a higher fare. The cabs in Ouagadougou are shared taxis that take about four passengers at a time. If you feel that the price is too high, don't forget to haggle. This is especially true if you're obviously a foreigner. Aside from the shared taxis, there are yellow taxis that are private and run on a metre. Though it's more expensive, they are also reliable, more comfortable, and will take you directly where you need to go.
How to get there
The primary airport serving Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou Airport, located at the centre of Ouagadougou city. The following airlines provide scheduled passenger service: Air Algérie, Air Burkina, Air Côte d'Ivoire, Air France, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airwaysa, Royal Air Maroc, Senegal Airlines, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, and Westair Benin. Flights to Ouagadougou are available from Algiers, Abidjan, Accra, Bamako, Bobo Dioulasso, Cotonou, Dakar, Lomé, Niamey, Paris, Lagos, Addis Ababa, Brussels, Nairobi, Casablanca, Tunis, Istanbul, and Abuja.