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Burkina Government is Investing in Tourism

Aug 18, 2007
The landlocked state of Burkina Faso remains poor even by West African standards. However, the government is investing in tourism and measures have been taken to increase the accommodation available in the country and to make tourist destinations more attractive.

Wildlife is a key element of this objective in the eastern part of the country while the central part around Ouagadougou concentrates on business tourism. The west focuses on cultural tourism, the north on the discovery of nomadic populations and traditions.

In the capital, Ouagadougou, visit the Ethnography Museum, which contains a substantial collection of artefacts, the town being the centre of one of the many ancient kingdoms.

Other museums include the National Museum and the Snake Museum. Witness the ceremony, with traditional costumes and drums, which takes place outside the Moro Naba Palace every Friday morning around 0600.

At around 0600 on Fridays, the Emperor goes to war is a traditional drama performed at the Moro Naba Palace in Ouagadougou depicting the magnificently bedecked emperor being restrained by his wife and subjects as he sets off to make war with his brother. Traditional music and dancing can also be seen on festivals and holidays, especially in the southwest region which is rich in folklore.

In October to November, go bargain hunting at the International Arts and Crafts Fair in Ouagadougou.

Discover the attractive streets and the bustling market, the Grand Marche, of Bobo Dioulasso, the largest town inhabited by the Bobo people.

Southwest of Bobo Dioulasso is the town of Banfora, from where the impressive Karfiguela Waterfalls can be seen, located 12km northwest of the town. Approximately 50km west of Banfora is the town of Sindou, the area where the extraordinary Sindou Rock Formations can be seen.

From Ouagadougou, excursions include a wildlife viewing trip to a small artificial lake 18km to the north. Pabre, an ancient Mossi village, is a short distance from another large reservoir north of the city. At Sabou, crocodiles can be seen at close quarters. The national parks and reserves are the best places to view wildlife. Tour operators in Ouagadougou can organise trips of varying duration. Entrance fees are payable to all reserves. The three national parks are the most important. South of Ougadougou, near Po, the Ranch de Nazinga is a game reserve with a large population of elephants, antelopes, monkeys, baboons and warthogs.

The best areas for hiking are in the southwest of the country near Banfora. Excellent views of the whole region can be had from the top of the Banfora Escarpment. The Senoufo region west of Banfora is also very pleasant, as is the Lobi region around Gaoua, southeast of Bobo Dioulasso. Mountain bike trips can be arranged in the areas around Bobo Dioulasso and Banfora, in the Lobi region and in the Nazinga Ranch south of Ouagadougou.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Burkina Rental Site
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