Fly To Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
For unfamiliar travellers travelling to Burkina Faso’s capital city, ‘Ouaga’ might just be an easier moniker to use when referring to this unpretentious West African outpost.
With a tourism scene that’s still in its infancy, in Ouagadougou you can enjoy many barely untapped local delights and you’ll never be overrun with large crowds. Here you can experience a touch of traditional ‘Mossi’ culture, meet locals and scour the local markets for interesting and authentic souvenirs.
The best way to get around is to find yourself a local guide. Although it isn’t difficult to find your way around town, the locals have a much more interesting perspective and antidotes to tell about their city and they’ll point you to the best local spots. Ouagadougou has loads of sights to enjoy, from iconic statues and museums to parks and live music venues.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Ouagadougou do need a Visa to enter Burkina Faso. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is also required.
- The South African Embassy in Ouagadougou is at Avenue Pascal Zagre, Villa No 149, Rue de Badnogo, Ouaga 2000. Phone: +226 503 760 98.
See and do
Laongo is a site about 45km out of town where you’ll find a series of granite slab artworks created by artists from around the world. There’s a beautiful path along the sculptures and it’s a peaceful outing. The sculptures are all different and most of them were carved where they stand by visiting sculptors. The drive there and back is also quite scenic.
After the city’s major market – and one of the largest in West Africa at the time – burnt down in 2003, small markets have popped up all over town. These are great for finding interesting jewelry or artifacts to take home.
For an entertaining live music show, stroll down to Zaka, a water oasis in the centre of town, and settle in for one of the evening shows. They’re usually free but sometimes charge a small fee. For a professional show, visit the Centre Culturel Français Georges Mélies. If you manage to catch a performance here, you’re bound to be impressed by the local talent.
Music enthusiasts can continue enjoying the city’s strong musical influence at the National Museum of Music where there are displays of all the local instruments of Burkina Faso. The Musé de Manega also has music instruments but also traditional Mossi rifles and other cultural items.
Ouagadougou Airport – OUA
Located in the Ouagadougou city centre, Ouagadougou Airport is the main airport serving Burkina Faso.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Splended Hôtel, Yibi Hôtel, Pacific Hôtel and Hotel Palm Beach are about 1km away.
Car Hire: Europcar, National Car Rental.
Airport Hub: Ouagadougou Airport (code OUA) is a hub for Air Burkina.