Burkina Faso is a republic in West Africa, surrounded by Mali and Niger in the north, Benin to the east and Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast in the south. Burkina means "free, dignified, honest", while Faso can be translated as "the ancestral land". A trip to this country offers many interesting experiences with nature and culture. The locals have a reputation for being both friendly and approachable with a positive 'don't-worry - be happy' attitude to life. Everything will be alright, after all.
Desert, forest and fascinating rocks
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.
Rich film culture
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 centre was created, and from 1977- 86 the city also housed the film school INAFEC. Since the film, 'The Paria blood' was released in 1971, there has been produced about 60 films in the country.
Historical Burkina Faso
The area was colonized by France and is therefore strongly influences by French culture; The official language is even French! Despite this, the heritage of the Mossi tribe, which constitutes the majority of the population in Burkina Faso, is very apparent. Overall the population is very complex, representing over 50 different ethnic groups who for the most parts speak their own language. You will truly experience a very diverse country, with a fascinating history. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world’s poorest countries, and furthermore often suffers from serious droughts.
Food in Burkina Faso
Due to poverty Burkina Faso cannot offer any particularly extravagant cuisine. Fish and chicken is cooked in various ways, and the food is typically simple. On the other hand, you can always get something nice to drink at markets and roadsides, where women sell Bissap juice from dried hibiscus flowers.