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Burkina Faso is a real treat for the curious, with both natural and manmade attractions that will leave you craving more. From the beautiful painted houses and rock drawings in the north to the nomadic tribes that crisscross the territories with herds of goats, zebus and camels, Burkina Faso is one dazzling place to explore. Despite its lack of access to the coast, its geological formations (Sindou Peaks), stunning parks (Nazinga Reserve), colorful markets (Gorom Gorom), quaint towns (Bobo-Dioulasso), and architectural marvels (Grande Mosquée) are more than enough to attract adventure travelers.

Arli National Park

Situated in the southwestern, Arli National Park is crossed by the Tambarga and Gobnangou rivers. It is a glorious savanna roamed by thousands of wild animals including gazelles, antelopes, monkeys, mighty lions, hippos, baboons, boars, and elephants, among others. It is adjoined by two other national parks, one of which is actually located in Benin. The Tounga watering hole is a favorite spot for animal watching. Address: southeast Burkina Faso Phone: n/a Website: n/a

Nazinga Reserve

Nazinga Reserve protects the largest elephant population in West Africa. It is the best place to get up close and personal with the gentle giants and many other wildlife species. It is one of the most beautiful natural areas in the country, and is not far from the capital of Ouagadougou. Address: south Burkina Faso Phone: n/a Website: n/a

W National Park

W National Park is a trans-border park shared with Niger and Benin. Its most important sections are in southwestern Niger, but the areas within Burkina Faso have fantastic hunting zones, parks and reserves. Large mammals (aside from elephants) lurk in the woods and migratory birds fly over the area year-round. Address: eastern edge of Burkina Faso Phone: n/a Website: n/a

Sindou Rock Formations

Located in the Banfora region, the peaks of Sindou are rock formations that are wondrous to behold. They are one of the main attractions in this part of the country along with the breathtaking Karfiguela Falls and the hippo-infested Lake Tengrela. Address: Banfora, south west Burkina Faso Phone: n/a Website: n/a


The crocodiles of Sabou are regarded as sacred creatures by the locals. Very tame and well fed, they allow tourists and visitors to harmlessly sit on their backs to take pictures. Address: Boulkiemdé province, Burkina Faso Phone: n/a Website: n/a

Ruins of Loropéni

Another World Heritage site, the Ruins of Loropéni date back 1000 years. Spanning about 36,515 square feet in an area near the Togo, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire borders, the site is a well-preserved example of a fortified settlement for the Saharan gold trade. The stone enclosures are among the most beautiful sights in the region. Address: near Gaouam, south Burkina Faso Phone: n/a Website: n/a


One of the best cities to visit, Banfora lies in the heart of the Comoe province and is known for its diverse ethnic groups, colorful markets and proximity to some of the most beautiful areas outside of the national parks. It is the perfect starting point for visits to the Peaks of Sindou, Karfiguela Falls and Lake Tegrela. Address: southwest Burkina Faso Phone: n/a Website: n/a


Bobo-Dioulasso is the second largest city in the country and is home to the grand mosque of Dioulassoba, built in the 1890’s. It dominates the central area and is surrounded by the old district, which is one of the best places to discover the region’s history. The museum of the Houet is near the entrance and features a wide range of cultural artifacts, but the real draw is the Guingette, where guests can recharge, swim and enjoy the rich vegetation of the area. Address: western Burkina Faso Phone: n/a Website: n/a

Bangr Weogo Park

Situated in the heart of the capital, Bangr Weogo is a beautiful urban park with a wide range of native animals and plants. It is also home to a museum, sports and play area and restaurant. Address: City Center, Ouagadougou Phone: n/a Website: n/a

National Museum

Considered one of the most important museums in the country, the National Museum of Ouagadougou was established in 1962. It houses a vast collection of artifacts from different villages, cultures and tribes along with sacred items, ethnic costumes, masks, and ancient statues that give insight into the people and culture of Burkina Faso. Address: Blvd Charles de Gaulle E, Ouagadougou Phone: 50391934 Website: n/a

Musée De La Musique

The Museum of Traditional Music in Ouagadougou features a wide range of instruments sourced from different regions. Address: Ave dÓUbritenga, Ouagadougou Phone: +226-50-310-927 Website: n/a

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