Top Places to Visit in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso may not be in your list of places to visit while in Africa but if you read this Burkina Faso travel guide, you will learn that there are worthy and notable places to explore in the country. You can expect people who are culturally keen and the places or the attractions there are mostly rural in nature. But if you like that kind of adventure, then, you will be faced with national parks, national museums, and wildlife preserves.
10. Ruins of Loropeni
The very first UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site in the country is the Ruins of Loropeni. It is an ancient structure within the vicinity of Loropeni town and it is one of the places to visit in Burkina Faso. The organization inscribed it as a criteria iii site in 2009 and the whole area of the ruins is really massive – it has 119,800 square feet or 11,130 square meters in total. Exact age of the ruins is unknown but locals suspect that it is at least 1,000 years old. People used to live here back in the 14th to 19th century.
9. Musee du Poni
Musee du Poni or Poni Museum is another tourist attraction in Burkina Faso. This museum is situated in Gaoua and many travelers say that if you like to see the culture of the Lobi people, this is the city to go to concerning that. In the museum, you will observe how the Lobi people have lived all these years. There will be a tour guide to help you with the questions you have regarding the displays in the museum but for some, it is prohibited to take pictures within. You can however snap the main building and other open air structures of the museum.
8. Sculptures de Laongo
Sculptures de Laongo or Symposium de sculpture sur granit de Laongo is one of the open air museums in Oubritenga Province. The nearest city to this museum is the Ouagadougou and it’s about a 30 to 40 minute drive if the vehicle you’re using is fast. Anyway, it is one of the places to visit in Burkina Faso. This symposium/museum was organized back in 1989 by Siriky Ky, a renowned Burkinabe sculptor. Siriky Ky sent invites to sculptors worldwide and they created their work on site. All in all, 18 sculptors coming from 13 nations participated in the making of this museum.
7. Domes de Fabedougou
People who have been there say that this is a notable landmark in Fabedougou and that it is the sole tourist attraction in the village – the Domes de Fabedougou. There are less than 1,000 residents in the village as of the last survey which was back in 2005. Hopefully at this time, the village has doubled its population. Anyway, what are these domes? Even if it is the only attraction in the area, the domes are enough to fill that gap – these domes are a gift of nature which looked like layers of flat rocks. Simply beautiful and unique.
6. National Museum of Music Burkina Faso
The National Museum of Music Burkina Faso is one of the Burkina Faso’s national museums and it is being managed by Parfait Z. Bambara. This tourist attraction is located at Ouagadougou and is near one of the city’s prestige schools, the Phillipe Zinda Kabore School. It is one of the places to visit in Burkina Faso. You will never miss this establishment because it is in the city center and everybody knows where it is. The museum was formed back in 1998 and you will see musical instruments like idiophones and chordophones inside, among others. These instruments are one of a kind and some are really very old.
5. Cascades de Karfiguela
Cascades de Karfiguela is also known as Karfiguela Falls or Banfora Falls. These falls are connected with the Komoe River which is also a landmark in the country. This tourist attraction is a magnet to tourists, both local and foreign. The cascades are breathtaking and it is located in the south-west part of the country. The tourism organization of Burkina Faso manages the area as they want to preserve the natural flora of the site.
4. Parc Bangr Weogo
Parc Bangr Weogo or Bangr Weogo Park is among of the tourist attractions in Burkina Faso. It is an urban park being it situated at the heart of the city in Ouagadougou. The place is close to being a zoo or a mini national park for it protects various Safari animals like giraffes, monkeys, hyenas, antelopes and cattle. The park also has water sanctuaries which preserve Sahel turtles. It is one of the places to visit in Burkina Faso.
3. Arli National Park
Sometimes, Arli National Park is spelled as Arly and it is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country. It is an IUCN category IV national park with focus on habitat and species management area conservation. The park is located near Diapaga city and it is one of the four nature reserves/national parks in Burkina Faso. This complete reserve has an area of 760 square kilometers and is comprised of sandstone hills, some Savannah woodlands and lush forests. Different kinds of animals live in the national park as well.
2. Ouagadougou Cathedral
One of the sacred and most visited tourist attractions on Burkina Faso is the Ouagadougou Cathedral. It is also known as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Ouagadougou and this cathedral is the Archdiocese of Ouagadougou, capital city of Burkina Faso. The place of worship was organized in sometime in the 1930’s under the supervision of Joanny Thevenoud, a member of the White Fathers. There is also a stone altar at the back of the cathedral which was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
1. Lake Tengrela
One of the places to visit in Burkina Faso is Lake Tengrela. This natural attraction in the country is located very near Banfora and it is a tiny body of water. The lake has a length of 2 kilometers and it is 1 and a half kilometer wide. Why is this small lake the topmost tourist attraction in Burkina Faso? Well, the lake is a special and important place for the Burkinabe people. If ever you decide to visit and see hippopotamus families in the area, then, residents believe that you are lucky for these animals are sacred.