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Not known as a tourist destination with large-scale attractions, Burkina Faso is the place to travel if you are looking for an authentic African cultural experience. Landlocked in western Africa, the country’s biggest appeal is its diverse landscapes and unique local experiences. From the rolling savannahs and Sahelian plains, there are lots of opportunities to explore and see wildlife in its natural habitat. In Botswana's larger cities, you can experience lively local musical traditions and shop for local handcrafted art.

Travel advice for visiting Burkina Faso

Canadians must present a valid passport to enter the country. Tourist, student and business visas are required.

Political hostility, instances of abduction and carjackings have occurred in Burkina Faso recently. Muggings, robbery and theft from hotel rooms are also known to occur in major cities. It’s important to ensure your passport and personal belongings are secure at all times.

Avoid potentially offending local customs by dressing conservatively and behaving discreetly, and respect all social traditions. Also, note that you must have a permit to take any photos.

Burkina Faso operates on a cash-based economy. The currency is the West African CFA franc (XOF), but the euro and the US dollar are also accepted. Credit cards are not widely accepted. The country's official language is French, but locals also speak Moore, Dioula and Fulfulde.

Tourists attractions in Burkina Faso

Wildlife and environmental attractions are at the top of the list of things to do in Burkina Faso. There are many tours of the local landscapes, where you can see elephants, lions, buffalo and many other species of African wildlife up close. The country's wildlife is protected in its four national parks: W National Park, Arly National Park, Comoé-Léraba National Park and the Mare aux Hippopotames Biosphere Reserve. The country also has a number of nature reserves.

Once you are finished exploring nature and wildlife, consider checking out the unique festivals and events, such as the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, the largest African cinema festival on the continent; the Ouagadougou and International Arts and Crafts fair, one of Africa's most important trade shows for art and handicrafts; and the National Culture Week of Burkina Faso.

Travel insurance for Burkina Faso trips

Travel insurance is a must when travelling to politically unstable nations. Travel can be unpredictable and you never know when your trip could be interrupted or you need to make changes to your travel plans. Having dependable travel insurance ensures you can get the travel assistance when you need it most, no matter where you are located or what time of day it is. Blue Cross offers personalized travel insurance solutions for all travellers. Explore your options for travel insurance for Burkina Faso by getting a free quote online today.

General Burkina Faso Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 16,460,141 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 2,742 9,984,670
Capital: Ouagadougou
Currency: CFA franc
Official language(s): French
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 1.28 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.43 1.23 (2013)

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