For the western onlooker, Burkina Faso is as foreign as it gets. Enter a strange-looking world and devour a cultural feast in West Africa.

In a relatively peaceful pocket of West Africa, Burkina Faso celebrates its ancient customs as proudly as it does its modern culture. The unusually modern cities of Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso blend European café and cinema culture with living animist rites and traditional music. Discover architectural styles unlike anything you’ve ever seen, from spiked mosques to psychedelic mud brick villages. Nature reveals herself in the sacred rock formations and hoards of wild elephants.

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Local culture of Burkina Faso

The people of Burkina Faso, the Burkinabe, are a medley of different tribes, the larges...

Geography & environment

Burkina Faso sits in the sub-Saharan region of West Africa, sharing borders with Mali, ...

Shopping guide to Burkina Faso

For lovers of handicrafts and cultural artefacts, Burkina Faso’s markets provide except...

Burkina Faso festival calendar

The Festival of Arts and Masks (FESTIMA) Festivals of dancing masks are celebrated...

Food & drink in Burkina Faso

Make the most out of your Burkina Faso tour and dig in to the local cuisine, whether th...

Further reading

Burkina Faso: Unsteady Statehood in West Africa By Pierre Englebert Endangering Develo...

Burkina Faso travel FAQs

  • Australia: Yes- on arrival
  • Belgium: Yes- on arrival
  • Canada: Yes- on arrival
  • Germany: Yes- on arrival
  • Ireland: Yes- in advance
  • Netherlands: Yes- on arrival
  • New Zealand: Yes- on arrival
  • Switzerland: Yes- on arrival
  • United Kingdom: Yes- on arrival
  • United States: Yes- on arrival

Visas are issued on arrival at the airport or border. Some West African nationals have visa-free access. If your country is not on the list above, check with your local embassy or consulate about entry and exit policy.

Tipping is customary for services like taxi rides and porters at hotels. Most restaurants add 10 or 15% surcharge to the bill so there’s no need to tip when eating out.

You’ll find internet cafes in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulaso and some high-end hotels will have internet access. However, there is no internet access is rural and remote areas.

Burkina Faso has mobile phone coverage in major cities and towns, but it is less common outside of these areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.

Most toilets across the country are basic squat toilets but you may find flush toilets in hotels and tourist areas. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided, so you may like to carry some with you.

  • Meal at a basic restaurant = 4,000 CFA
  • Regular coffee = 1,750 CFA
  • Bottle of water = 450 CFA

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Burkina Faso. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.

Credit cards are generally not accepted in Burkina Faso. Arrange for alternative payment methods and carry cash if you wish to make purchases from local businesses.

There are few ATMs even in major city and those that are there may not be internationally connected or reliable. You can withdraw cash from the bank using your card.

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

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