Top 10 things to do in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Landlocked country that is very off the beaten path for visitors.

Burkina Faso is a country.

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) in size. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Its capital is Ouagadougou. As of 2014, its population was estimated at just over 17.3 million.

Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara. Residents of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabè (/bərˈkiːnəbeɪ/ bər-KEE-nə-bay). French is an official language of government and business.

Before the conquest of what is now Burkina Faso by the French and other colonial powers during the late 19th century the country was ruled by various ethnic groups including the Mossi kingdoms. After gaining independence from France in 1960, the country underwent many governmental changes. Today it is a semi-presidential republic. Blaise Compaoré was the most recent president and ruled the country from 1987 until he was ousted from power by the popular youth upheaval of 31 October 2014.

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Top 10 things to do in Burkina Faso

Sylvo-Pastoral and Partial Faunal Reserve of the Sahel

Sylvo-Pastoral and Partial Faunal Reserve of the Sahel
The Sylvo-Pastoral and Partial Faunal Reserve of the Sahel is the largest protected area of Burkina Faso, comprising an area of 16,000 km. Within the area of the nature reserve are ...

Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou
Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural and economic centre of the nation. It is also the country's largest city, with a population of 1,475,223. ...

Banfora

Banfora
Banfora is a city in south western Burkina Faso with a population of 93,750 people . It is the capital of the Comoe province. The city lies 85 kilometres south-west ...

Boromo

Boromo
Boromo is a town in the Boromo Department of Balé Province in Burkina Faso. Boromo is capital of the Boromo Department and Balé Province and has a population of 11,694.Boromo ...

Kaya

Kaya
Kaya may refer to:PeopleKaya Kaya PlacesKaya, Burkina Faso, a town in Burkina Faso, capital of the departmentKaya Airport, serving the townKaya Department, a department ...

Bobo-Dioulasso

Bobo-Dioulasso
Bobo-Dioulasso is a city in Burkina Faso with a population of about 537,728 , it is the second largest city in the country, after Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso's capital. The ...

Diapaga

Diapaga
Diapaga is a city located in the province of Tapoa in Burkina Faso. It is the capital of Tapoa Province. The main ethnic group are the Gourmantché. The park headquarters ...

Place de la Nation

Place de la Nation
The place de la Nation is a square on the eastern side of Paris, between Place de la Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes, along the border of the 11th ...

Ziniaré

Ziniaré
Ziniaré is a town located in the province of Oubritenga in Burkina Faso. It is the capital of Oubritenga Province and Plateau-Central Region, and the birthplace of former President Blaise ...