BURKINA FASO TRAVEL GUIDE
Burkina Faso is one of the friendliest and, until recently, one of the safest, countries in all of Africa. Although it receives only a small number of tourists per year, it is an excellent destination for anyone interested in seeing a beautiful West African country and exploring African culture and music. Burkina Faso is blessed with a stable government, providing it with the atmosphere for economic and social growth. Though most of the people live below the poverty line, the capital, Ouagadougou will pamper you with all amenities. Once upon a time a French colony, urban Burkina Faso still adheres to many French customs. The people outside the main towns still cling to their traditions and are fun-loving and hospitable despite their poverty. Sadly travelling to Burkina Faso is now mostly discouraged due to the very high risk of kidnappings and terrorist attacks.
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BURKINA FASO QUICK FACTS
Currency: CFA franc (XOF)
Population: 19,75 million (2018)
Language: French (official) and native African languages belonging to Sudanic family, spoken by 90% of the population
Religion: Indigenous beliefs 40%, Muslim 50%, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (European plug)
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BURKINA FASO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 3 January, Anniversary of the 1966 Coup d’état
- 8 March, Women’s Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 5 August, Independence Day (1960)
- 15 August, Assumption
- 1 November, All Saints Day
- 11 December, Proclamation of the Republic (1958)
Also, Easter Monday, Ascension, Maulid an-Nabi, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.
FESTIVALS IN BURKINA FASO
BURKINA FASO WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Burkina Faso experiences high temperatures and variable rainfall. Three climate zones split the country from north to south: the Sahelian zone in the north with rainfall less than 600 millimetres per year (mm/year), the Sudano-Sahelian region on a savanna plateau (Mossi Plateau) with rainfall from 600-900 mm/year and slightly cooler temperatures, and the southern more humid Sudanian zone with rainfall averages between 900-1200 mm/year. Each of these zones experiences a pronounced wet and dry season, with the wet season extending over a two-month period in the north and a six-month period in the south.
The rainy season starts slowly in late March to early April in the southwest, extending gradually toward the center of the country in May and June, and reaching the northern extents in June or early July. The length of the growing season varies from less than 60 days in the north to 160 days in the south, with large inter-annual variations. The dry season is influenced by the harmattans, or dry, easterly winds that bring hot air to Burkina Faso from March to May. Extremes in temperatures are occurring with monthly high temperature averages now regularly exceeding the previous maximums of 35°C, particularly in the north.
HEALTH RISKS IN BURKINA FASO
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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.