Cheap Flights to Burkina Faso
Flights to Burkina Faso
Although a landlocked country surrounded by strife in some areas, Burkina Faso is a relatively peaceful country with its own charming tourist attractions. Tourists will get to see various natural sights for ecotourism adventures. Apart from that, interaction with the locals will be lively due to the warm hospitality of the Burkinabe. Their greetings of welcome make it interesting to know their history, which was heavily influenced by French colonialism.
Primarily a hunter-gatherer society thousands of years before 3500 BCE, and then farm settlements until 2600 BCE, what is known as Burkina Faso today was once ruled by the Mossi kingdoms. Their rule went unchallenged until the late 19th century, when the French established a protectorate in the territory. This started France's imposition of their language and government practices on the Burkinabe, which left a legacy to the country's national identity. Preparation for self-government, however, began on 1958 until 1960, the year of Burkina Faso's independence.
The fabulous-sounding name of Burkina Faso derives from its two major languages. Burkina, taken from Moore, means 'men of integrity', while Faso, a Dioulan word, stands for 'fatherland'. The combination of these words sends a message that the country is a 'land of honest people.'
Tourists interested to learn about the country's heritage can start their sojourn in Musee Nacional where there are pavilions displaying traditional costumes and other relics of the Burkinabe. The museum is yet unfinished, but the facade of the museum is visually appealing with its quintessential African look. The color of the building imitates the look of wood, which makes it blend in with its woodland environment. The exhibits, however unfinished they may be, still inspire one to look forward to seeing them all as soon as they are all ready.
After a tour in the museum, it's time to visit the Mossi Chief's palace in Kokologo. Simple and humble it may be, the architecture of the place shows the traditional abode of the wealthy. Tourists looking around can follow up this visit to the sacred crocodiles, which the Burkinabe revere.
Tourists exploring the countryside will be delighted with the art and culture present in Burkina Faso. A visit to Laongo will treat travelers to the sight of rock sculptures in an outdoor gallery. This site is particularly fascinating, as skilled artists in Burkina Faso and representatives from other parts of the world come together every year to carve beautiful artworks on the granite. Those in the mood for more cultural sights can explore the Christoph Schlingensief's Opera Village or stop by at the Fespaco, the bi-annual film festival in Ouaga. Attendees at this event will get to see independent films from African directors, as well as diaspora films from the Caribbean and the Americas.
How to get around within Burkina Faso
Travelers going around Burkina Faso can ride on the bus to arrive at various destinations. The STMB buses offer the most reliable mode of transport, unlike the private bus networks that offer their services. TGV makes a good option, however, but their route is limited only between Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso.
How to get there
Tourists going to Burkina Faso will most likely land on Ouagadougou Airport. Air France, Brussels Airlines, and Turkish Airlines are the main international airlines offering flights going to this country. Those coming from within Africa can board the following: Air Algerie, Air Burkina, Air Cote d'Ivoire, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Senegal Airlines, Tunisair, and Westair Benin.
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