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About Burkina Faso

Situated in West Africa is the heart-warming country of Burkina Faso. This country is home to over 18 million residents who provide the destination’s warm welcome. Burkina Faso offers you iconic natural scenery, unique architectural achievements and a thriving arts scene. The top attractions include Les Cascades de Banfora, Nazinga Game Ranch in Ouagadougou and Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso.

Get ready for a memorable African adventure, because cheap flights to Burkina Faso are now available for a limited time! The capital, Ouagadougou, is the home of Ouagadougou Airport (OUA), which is a 5-minute drive from the city centre. OUA serves many airlines, including Ethiopian Airlines, Air Burkina and Asky Airlines. Popular connecting flights to Ouagadougou depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Ouagadougou is approximately 14 hours, 5 minutes.

Why visit Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Nature

Scenic Landscapes

Burkina Faso accentuates Africa’s natural treasures with a range of beautiful scenes. Discover various landmarks that will refresh your senses, such as the Peaks of Sindou, the Waterfalls of Banfora and the Park of Bangr Weogo.

Burkina Faso Architecture

Iconic Heritage

The architecture in Burkina Faso is reflective of the country’s exceptional character. Some of the best examples include the Bobo Dioulasso Grand Mosque and the Commercial Bank of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.

Burkina Faso Art

Vibrant Culture

The Burkinabé carry on this nation’s proud tradition in the arts and entertainment scene. Treat yourself to Burkina Faso’s authentic literature, enjoy theatre performances and admire the top-quality art on display in its energetic cities.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency West African CFA Franc
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 42.38 XOF
Language French
Hub Airport Ouagadougou Airport (OUA)
Airline Air Burkina
Time Zone GMT + 0
Travel Adaptor Type C / E

Best time to visit Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso experiences little variation in temperature throughout the year with the highest rainfall during the summer (June – September). For the most comfortable holiday experience and the cheapest flights, visit Burkina Faso between the months of October and December (mid-spring to early-summer). Avoiding the rain would be best, since the combination of rain and heat will create uncomfortably humid conditions.

Weather & Climate in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 16°C 19°C 23°C 26°C 25°C 24°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 23°C 19°C 16°C
High °C 33°C 36°C 38°C 39°C 37°C 34°C 32°C 31°C 32°C 36°C 36°C 34°C
Rainfall (mm) 0 2 5 22 71 110 176 227 139 34 1 1

The nation of Burkina Faso is often overlooked as a holiday destination and is definitely worthy of being added to your bucket list of places to visit around the world. Thanks to the warm welcome of the friendly Burkinabé, you can look forward to spending a wonderful time in the country, which boasts charming attractions.

Burkina Faso is home to enchanting scenes, such as the panoramic Karfiguela Falls and the iconic geological formations at the Peaks of Sindou. For animal lovers, make sure to spend some time in the Nazinga Game Ranch and Ziniare Park.

Then, of course, there is the vibrant arts scene of Burkina Faso, especially highlighted in its two biggest cities: the capital, Ouagadougou, and Bobo-Dioulasso.

Ouagadougou, alternatively known as ‘Ouaga’, is arguably the country’s arts and entertainment hub, with its dance and concert venues, theatre companies and gorgeous handicrafts. Admire the skill of the locals at the Laongo Sculpture Symposium and Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou. The biggest event in the capital is the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco), which takes place every odd-numbered year.

Bobo-Dioulasso, known by its residents as ‘Bobo’, may be Burkina Faso’s second-largest city, but it’s where you can relax in its small-town charm. Take leisurely strolls along its tree-lined streets, which help to create a calm, semitropical ambience. In the evening, discover a different side to this city, by enjoying Bobo’s exciting live music scene and quality restaurants.

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South African passport holders will need a visa to enter Burkina Faso. Additionally, make sure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months after the return date of your trip, and that it has three blank pages for stamps. For more information, you can contact the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Pretoria (phone: + 27 12 346 6205).

The South African Embassy is based in Ouagadougou.

Address: Avenue Pascal Zagre, Villa No 149, Rue de Badnogo, Ouaga

Phone: + 226 253 760 98 / + 226 253 764 03

Fax: + 226 253 760 97

Make sure that you are up-to-date on all routine vaccinations before leaving for Burkina Faso. Additionally, you may need to guard against the following diseases:

• Hepatitis A (spread through contaminated food and water)

• Typhoid (spread through contaminated food and water)

• Hepatitis B (spread through sexual contact, contaminated needles and blood products)

• Malaria (spread through mosquito bites)

• Yellow fever (spread through mosquito bites)

• Meningitis (spread through physical contact)

• Rabies (spread through the bites of dogs, bats and other mammals)

Burkina Faso enjoys a high level of safety. In the bigger cities, however, beware of thieves, especially pickpockets and bag snatchers. Try not to carry a bag in such places and keep your belongings out of sight and in a secure place. Should you have a camera, it’s best to keep it in an ordinary bag to avoid being targeted as a tourist.

Beggars are commonly found in the city streets. Avoid incessant begging by simply saying no.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Ouagadougou
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 81
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 25 R 21
Cappuccino (regular) R 19 R 20 R 35
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 7
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38 R 38 R 20
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