BURKINA FASO: TOURIST DESTINATION IN WEST AFRICA

Larry Brain - Sep 6, 2010
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Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. Its name means ‘the land of upright people’ but it could be also translated as ‘the land of never defeated people’. The country has lots to offer to tourists, for example wonderful waterfalls or bathing hippos. Also, the mysterious Dogon people live there.

 

The cliffs of Bandiagara are considered the most remarkable place in the region. The formation rises from flat land to the height of 500 meters where the flat land continues. The geological fault is 150 kilometers long and it was once a shelter to some native tribes. Nowadays, it is the home of Dogon people who live on the plateau at the rock. 

The place is best known for its natural beauties, mysterious dwellings of Dogon people and also for the Dogons themselves. Tourists can also go on a number of tracks in Bandiagara. They usually take them near the Dogon villages, where, if lucky, they can see some local celebrations or rituals. 

According to Novinky.cz, tougher tourists may like to travel to the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. Hot weather and dusty roads make the trip rather unpleasant. Alongside the road, however, you can buy almost everything, including something to drink. Once you arrive in the capital, it would be a shame not to visit the most interesting attraction of the city: the national museum of Ouagadougou. There you can follow history and traditions of various cultures and tribes of the country.

Beautiful waterfalls called Cascades de Kerfiguela are not far from the capital. Those who still want to experience something more can try one of the most interesting attractions in the country: the boat ride on the Tengrela Lake, which is full of hippopotamuses. A native guide usually takes the piragua near them.

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  1. Bandiagara lies in Mali. Places to be in Burkina Faso are Banfora (waterfall, hippos), Bobo Dioulasse (old city of Dioulasoba, restaurants, night life), the reserves with lions, LAONGO sculptures near Ougadougou, the Manega museum (50 km from Ouagadougou and the Dogon people North west of Ouahigouya.

    Jan Janssens (Netherlands)

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