Burkina Faso is one of the poorest nations in the world. The landlocked location has a high population density and low natural resources. Agriculture is 90% of Burkinabe’ income and that is below subsistent. The variances in rainfall amount make agriculture at best a very difficult way to make a living.
Burkina Faso has a tropical climate with two seasons, a dry and a rainy season. During the rainy season in June-September there will fall between 600 and 900 millimeters of rain, and the rest of the year it is hot and dry. The hottest time of year is from March to June when the temperature is well above 40 degrees. The landscape varies quite a bit. In northern Burkina Faso, you can find deserts, while in the south there are rivers and in the southwestern part green countryside with forests and breathtaking rock formations. There are also plenty of opportunities for both hiking and mountain bike tours.
Surrounded by all sides, this West African country of approximate 275,000 sq. Kilometers is surrounded by six sides of nations. To the north lies Mali, to the East, Niger, and Benin on the Southeast, Toga and Ghana to the South with the Ivory Coast to the Southwest.
The capital of Burkina Faso is equipped with the rhythmic name, Ouagadougou, which can feel like a bit of a challenge for foreign tongues. Here you can find fine restaurants, hotels and nightclubs. Burkina Faso is also famous for its rich film culture. Ouagadougou has every other year since 1969, served as host for the prestigious Pan African film festival FESPACO, which takes place in late February. In 1974 a national film center was created, and from 1977- 86 the city also housed the film school INAFEC. Since the film, ‘The Paria blood’ in 1971 has been released, there has been produced about 60 films in the country. The capital is Ouagadougou and has a population of 15.75 million.
Burkina Faso is one of the friendliest of the West African Nations. It was recognized in 1947 after many years of battlefield struggle. While not a major tourist attraction, visiting will familiarize you with the African culture and music.
There are 17 million people that occupy Burkina Faso. It is ethnically integrated and is its own state. Most of the population is concentrated in the south and center of the country.
Hunters once occupied today’s Northwestern part of Burkina Faso. Through archaeological digs in 1973, there were tools unearthed. These tools included chisels, scrapers and arrowheads. There was not much more knowledge known about the indigenous people. Their primary livelihood was agriculture. These agricultural environments began to spring up between 3600 and 2500 BC. Between 1500 and 1000 BC ceramics, iron and polished stone was beginning to be used by the indigenous people. It was also during this time that religion began to flourish as demonstrated by spiritual burial grounds.
Up until sometime during the 15thor 16th century the Dogons live in the North and Northwestern regions of Burkina Faso. They eventually left for the Bandiagria Cliffs. Ruins left by an unknown people still are showing their high walls.
The Central part of Burkina Faso included a number of Mossi Kingdoms, with the most powerful being the Wagadogo and Yatenga. It is believed they emerged during early 16th century. There is some obscurity in this history as there is a legend of heterogeneous set of warrior figures.
Each year at least several hundred thousand migrate to Ghana and Cote d’lvoirv. Influenced by external events. Due to the civil war, most of the Burkinabe’ is fleeing back from Cote d’lvoirv by the thousands. Few Burkinabe’ have had a formal education. There is compulsory grade school education but, due the costs of supplies only about 54% of the grade age students (which is until the age of 16). Many students are compelled to work for the family rather than attend school. There is however schools of higher education, the first one opened in 1974.
Burkina Faso is an African state located at the western part of the African Continent. It is a tropical region with lots of tropical attractions mostly loved by tourists all over the world. The climate is favorable with log sunny periods and some rainy sessions throughout the year. Burkina Faso has been a center of wildlife sites and historic sites that bears much of the history of the West African region. Tourists can arrive at Burkina Faso by road or air transport. If they are in Cote d’Ivoire they can board a train that moves to Burkina Faso’s capital city, Ouagadougou for around two days. Alternatively, tourists may choose to board a flight in international airports of other West African countries or in Paris-France to arrive at Air Burkina Airport of Burkina Faso.
One of Burkina Faso’s most spectacular landscapes, the Sindou Peaks are a narrow, craggy chain featuring a fantastic array of tortuous cones sculpted by the elements.
Located about 50km west of Banfora, this geological fantasyland is ideal for hiking. Coming from Banfora, the main gateway is about 1km before the entrance to Sindou town. There’s a little booth staffed by guides from the local tourism cooperative Association Djiguiya. Run by the brilliant Tiémoko Ouattara, it promotes responsible travel and offers a range of services to travellers: anything from half-day walks to multiday treks in Sénoufo country with sunrise breakfast in the peaks, moped and cycling tours, cultural activities and homestays.
Introducing Réserve de Nazinga – This 97,000-hectare wildlife reserve, about 40km southwest of Pô near the Ghanaian border, has become a highlight on many a wildlife lover’s itinerary. The park has antelopes, monkeys, warthogs, crocodiles and plenty of birds, but elephants are the stars of the show. The best times to see them are December to April, although the chances of sighting are pretty good year-round.
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