Destination Information for Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is an excellent destination for anyone interested in seeing a beautiful African country, culture and music. Tourism is not yet well-developed, but the welcome you’ll receive by the native people, the Burkinabé, is so warm and charming, you’ll feel at home straight away. The main language spoken in the big cities is French, and English is virtually unknown. Most people will speak a mixture of French and Dioula dialect.
Situated in West Africa, bordering Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso is rich in culture and tradition. Burkina Faso is known as the home of music in West Africa, and there are a number of festivals and celebrations throughout the year where reggae, salsa, soukous and traditional bands play. The Arts and Masks Festival in Dédougou, the capital city of the Mouhoun Province in the west of the country, is a particularly stunning sight – taking place every two years, where hundreds of masked dancers from across West Africa perform. Take a trip to Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso’s largest cities, to sample traditional crafts, traditions and celebrations like no other!
There’s also plenty to see and explore in this beautiful country. Ride a camel out from Gorum Gorum and spend a night in the desert, hike alongside breathtaking waterfalls at Banfora, or take a walk on the wild side at the crocodile lakes outside of Ouaga.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If these medications are deemed unsuitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used, but is considerably less effective.
There is no British embassy in Burkina Faso. Contact the FCO for advice.