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    Tiébélé, Burkina Faso

    Tiébélé, the hand-painted village.

    Discover the traditional architecture and elaborate wall decorations of the Kassena people in Tiébélé.

    Fly to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    Genuine hospitality in Burkina Faso.

    The Burkinabes are known for their authentic friendliness and joie de vivre. Everywhere you go, you’ll be welcomed with a smile.

    Flights to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso’s unique culture and friendly locals are what sets the country apart. Although it may lack the famous sights of other nations, there are plenty of hidden gems and wonders that make it worth a visit. The country is located in the Sahel, a swath of land between the Sahara and the Sudanian savannah. As a result, the landscape transitions beautifully from sandy hills to rolling savannah and geological wonders. There are also many traditional villages with their own unique cultural heritage.

    The capital, Ouagadougou, is famous for its musical traditions and cultural events, including the FESPACO film festival. Ouagadougou is located right in the middle of the country, making it the perfect starting point for visiting the rest of the country. Wherever you decide to go, you’ll be welcomed with genuine hospitality and warmth. So don’t be surprised if the locals invite you over for dinner!

    So what are you waiting for? Book your flight ticket to Ouagadougou today and discover Burkina Faso with Brussels Airlines!

    What to see in Burkina Faso?

    1. Laongo Granite sculptures: Discover masterful granite sculptures created by artists from all over the world. The sculpture site is located about 30 km from Ouagadougou.
    2. Tiébélé village: Located in the south of the country, this village is worth a visit just to see its traditional hand-painted mud houses. The Kassena people living in the village paint their houses in whimsical patterns using coloured mud and chalk.
    3. Bobo Dioulasso Grand Mosque: With its distinctive and traditional Sudano-Sahelian architecture, this place of worship is another must-see. It was built at the end of the 19th century and may well be the tallest building of its kind in Burkina Faso. This peculiar building has soft, rounded walls with wooden “sticks” protruding from it. You can visit this mosque in Bobo Dioulasso, the second largest city in Burkina Faso.
    4. Loropéni ruins: This ancient site in the south of the country is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Burkina Faso. Its impressive stone walls were once the defensive walls of an ancient fortress and are the best preserved of several others in the region.
    5. The sacred crocodiles of Bazoule: Just 30 km from Ouagadougou, in the little village of Bazoule, around 100 Nile crocodiles live a peaceful life in a sacred pool. You can even see villagers swim or do their laundry near the crocodiles.
    6. Nazinga Game Ranch: This protected 94,000-hectare area contains more than 20,000 wild animals, including elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, baboons, and hornbills.
    7. Arli National Park: One of the largest nature parks in Africa. It adjoins Benin’s Pendjari Park and has a wide variety of habitats, including savannah woodland, sandstone hills, and rivers. You can find elephants, hippos, lions, various antelope species, primates, and many other species here.

    Practical information for your trip Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    • Brussels Airlines flights arrive and depart from Ouagadougou international airport, which is 1.5km from the city centre
    • Current local time in Ouagadougou:  
    • Currency: The currency in Burkina Faso is the CFA franc (XOF). ATMs are widely available, however, credit cards are not generally accepted. We recommend that you bring euros to exchange locally.
    • Telephone calls and Wi-Fi: The country code for Burkina Faso is +226. Internet connections are not widely available, except for in large hotels.
    • Electric sockets: These have a standard voltage of 220 V and are type C and E (European plug). If you use British or American plugs, you’ll need an adaptor.
    • Travel information: Citizens of the Economic Community of West African States don’t require a visa, but any other traveller will. Visas can be obtained upon arrival, or in advance from the Burkina Faso embassy in your country (EUR 70 single entry/EUR 90 multiple entry). To obtain a visa on arrival, you’ll need to bring two genuine photographs (not prints or copies). It costs XOF 94,000 for single entry or XOF 122,000 for multiple entry. Your passport also needs to be valid for at least 6 months after your trip. For more information, visit the website
    • Vaccination: Yellow fever vaccination is recommended and is required for certain travellers. All travellers over 9 months old must have a yellow fever vaccination if they’ve visited regions infected with yellow fever, or if they’ve been in transit for 12 hours or more at an airport in a yellow fever risk area. Don’t forget to bring your vaccination record. The following vaccinations are also recommended: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, and Diphtheria. For more health information, visit the website

    What to do and not to do in Burkina Faso

    • The Burkinabes are a very warm people who like to greet newcomers with a handshake. Don’t be alarmed when they hold on to your upper arm with their other hand during a handshake; it’s a sign of special reverence.
    • Don’t use your left hand to give things or to shake hands. The left hand is seen as unclean.
    • Dress modestly, especially covering the legs.
    • Don’t show public affection.
    • The local authorities have implemented security measures to ensure the safety of tourists, though as always, it’s best to use common sense when travelling. Avoid travelling near the border with Mali as this zone is considered unsafe.

    Cultural events in Burkina Faso

    • FESPACO (every two years): The Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (or FESPACO) is one of the biggest and most famous film festivals in Africa. It takes place every two years in Ouagadougou.
    • SIAO: The International Art and Craft Fair (SIAO, Salon International de l’Artisanat de Ouagadougou) is one of the most important art fairs on the continent. The event showcases all genres of African art and craft products. There are art exhibitions as well as interesting cultural activities.
    • Tour du Faso: This cycling race has been taking place in Burkina Faso since 1987. It’s one of the most important cycling races in Africa, you could even say it’s Africa’s Tour de France!

    When to travel to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso has a tropical, Sudanese climate with two seasons. The rainy season runs from May/June to September, with the heaviest rainfall in August. The dry season is runs from October to March/April. It’s caused by the Harmattan wind which blows over West Africa from the Sahara Desert, bringing desert-like weather conditions. The best time to visit Burkina Faso is during the dry season, as the weather is more tolerable for foreigners.

    What to eat in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso has a typical West African cuisine. Rice, maize, and millet are the staple ingredients in many dishes. Typical recipes also contain peanuts, yams, okra, potatoes, and grilled meat or fish. Some traditional dishes are (cakes made from millet or corn) served with vegetables and grilled meat, fufu (a cassava and plantain paste) and riz gras (a meat and rice-based dish).

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