Tourism in Burkina Faso offers seven options namely: eco-tourism, health tourism, adventure tourism, religious tourism, nature tourism, hunting tourism and responsible tourism.
- Ecotourism: tourism is allowed in all wildlife areas, especially in national parks, classified forests and reserves. The period allotted for tourism in those areas is focused on the dry season that is from December 1st to June 30th.
There are three forms of vision tourism in wildlife areas. These are:
- Vision tourism requiring a visit permit
- Photographic safaris requiring a permit for the photos
- Film safaris requiring a permit for making films
- Health tourism: this kind of tourism can be practiced through:
- The International Exhibition of African Natural Remedies (SIRENA) held every even-numbered year in March. For further details, go to Burkina [at] prometra [dot] org
- The National forum of scientific research and technological innovations (FRSIT) which takes place every two years in Ouagadougou. Further information on: dg [dot] cenerst [at] fasonet [dot] bf
- Visit to Pobé Mengao for the Mamio fertility statuette which helps women who can have children.
- Adventure tourism: integrated rural tourism remains the best opportunity for adventure and meeting people. It is related to nature tourism. In addition to natural sites, you can discuss with people. This kind of tourism is done in the West with tours off the beaten path and in Sahel, the most suitable area to meet nomadic populations.
- Religious tourism: pilgrimages are organised to holy places such as:
- The hill of Yagma: catholic people go there on weekends for meditations and prayers. A national pilgrimage is organised every year before Easter.
- Ramatoulaye: located at a few kilometres from Ouahigouya, this site is well known for its mosque and the aura of its Cheick both of which attract Muslim pilgrims especially during major celebrations such as Tabaski and Ramadan.
- The village of Bani: situated on the road from Ouagadougou to Gorom-Gorom, the various mosques surrounding this village attract visitors. The architecture and the fervour of the Moslem faithful appeal to visits.
5. Cultural tourism: Burkina Faso, by its great ethnic diversity offers cultural days and major cultural events such as the festivals and fairs, other advantages reflect this cultural wealth, namely:
- Naaba ZOUNGRANA: son of OUEDRAOGO, ancestor of the Mossi, Zoungrana took over Ouedraogo on the throne of Tenkodogo. He is the father of Oubri who will later establish the kingdom of Ouagadougou. The mausoleum was built in Tenkodogo.
- Guimbi OUATTARA: Dioula Princess, she worked to weaken the bad effects of colonisation on Bobo-Dioulasso. The mausoleum is located in the Dioula neighbourhood of Bobo-Dioulasso.
- Tiefo AMORO: King of tiefo people, he led his people to resistance against invasion by the troops of Samory who intended to conquer all territories in his path during colonial wars. He was killed with all his people. The mausoleum was built in Namoundara.
- Naaba OUBRI: son of Naaba Zoungrana, he renounced to reign over the Kingdom of Tenkodogo and went away to establish the Kingdom of Oubritenga. He conquered this territory at the expense of Nyonyonse and Gourounsi. He founded Ouagadougou which became the capital city of the Kingdom. The mausoleum is built in Oubriyaoghin, near the entry of Ziniare.
- Naaba YADEGA: ousted by his brother on the throne of the Kingdom of Oubritenga, Yadega will base from Gourcy the Kingdom of Yatenga, “land of Yadega”. The mausoleum is located at Gourcy, between Yako and Ouahigouya.
- The Mask Museum of Ouna: located at Ouna, around Solenzo, displays masks species.
- The Provincial Museum of Bobo-Dioulasso: you will discover some witnesses of the history of Bobo and Dioula peoples.
- The National Museum of Ouagadougou: It combines traditional masks of the main ethnic groups and important collections of artifacts including music instruments (drums, African xylophones) baskets, pottery and agricultural tools. Traditional construction singular to each ethnic are also reproduced in a large area. This project is still being finalised.
- The Music Museum of Ouagadougou: this museum is unique in the sub-region, with a stabilised earthen structure combining modern technology and past materials. It displays traditional music instruments and is located opposite to Lycée Philippe Zinda Kabore.
- The Manega Museum: this is M. PACERE Titenga’s property; a corridor filled with symbolic representations (large masks, mouse- marked columns and various statues) lead to the museum. This museum traces the history of the Mossi through bronze statuettes, collections of masks, music instruments and tombstones. Some reconstructions of social life (burials, wedding proposals, consulting fortune tellers, etc.) the entry is subject to a fee. Manega is a small village near Ouagadougou.
- The Archaeological Museum of Pobe Mengao: it presents a collection of updated objects that trace the history of the peoples who lived in this area. It completes the stone carvings of Pobe Mengao, a village located near Ouahigouya.
The Stone carvings
- The stone carvings of Toussiana (a town located at about forty kilometres from Bobo-Dioulasso on the road to Banfora).
- The rock bearing traces of Diaba Lompo’s feet in the area of Pama. Diaba Lompo is the ancestor of the Gourmanche; he founded their kingdom which is cousin to the Mossi Kingdom of Tenkodogo.
- The Djibasso escarpment with Arabic writing near Ouahigouya
- The Stone carvings of Arbinda
- The Baobab with Yendabri’s horse hoof traces, he was the king of Gourmantche people.
- The Archaeological Site of Kari in the area of Dedougou
- The Necropolis of Gandefabougou near Gorom-gorom
- The Lorepeni Ruins
- The Ruins of the Priwé Village around Solenzo
- The Trench War of Diébougou
Palaces and royal tombs
- The Nayiri of Kokologho: it is the residence of the chief of Kokologho, a town situated at 45 kilometers from Ouagadougou on the Ouaga-Bobo axis. The construction is of a Sudanese type, built in 1942 by Naba Kaongo, father of the current chief.
- The tomb of Naaba Trikoum in Zorgho, a town located at 60 km from Ouagadougou on the Ouagadougou- Fada axis.
- The sacred huts of Tiibin, Dourou, Guiloughin in Zorgho.
- The tombs of Gulmu kings around Fada N’Gourma
- The old neighbourhood Dioulasso-Ba hosting the “ancestors hut”. Being the centre around which the city of Bobo-Dioulasso developed, this neighbourhood kept the traces of Bobo history through its rites and the architecture of the houses still inhabited today.
- The Samande of Mogho Naaba: it is the part of the royal court open to the public. A “false departure” is organised there on Fridays during which the Emperor of the Mossi show up with all his court. The palace is located in Ouagadougou.
- The Presidential palaces, the old disused building was replaced by a brand new one located in Ouagadougou 2000
- The royal palace of Kourouma, near Orodara
- The Palaces of traditional chiefs in Samoroghouan around Orodara
- The tomb of Tieba’s sister, a famous leader from the kingdom of Kénédougou of Sikasso who resisted Samory and tried to conquer Gouïriko in Bobo-Dioulasso. The tomb is located in Orodara.
- The palace of Chief of Tiakane, which was used as shelter by Binger, one of the first explorers to go deeper into West Africa. Tiakane is near Pô.
- The relics of Namendé descendants in Bonan, around Boulsa.
- The tomb of the unknown soldier in Batié
- The sanctuary of Gan kings in Obiré. These are impressive tombs within which are displayed portraits of the buried kings with a symbol characterising each of them. The King of Gan people knows the past history of his people. Obiré is located at a few kilometres from Gaoua.
- The tomb of Bamoye in Dori
- The Royal Palace of Yatenga, residence of the current emperor of the Yatenga Kingdom; the palace is open to visits. The emperor grants audiences surrounded by his court. The palace is located in Ouahigouya.
- The Red House of the Colonist in Ouahigouya
- The tomb of Naaba Bilgo’s mother in Manga
- The Bracelets and other objects of Naaba Bilgo in Manga
6. Hunting tourism: sport hunting may be practiced in various hunting areas on specific conditions. The hunting season is made of 2 periods:
- The hunting season of partially protected species apart from the flying fox. This is the general hunting and it starts from December until May 31st.
- The period for dogfish hunting, also known as special hunting is open from July 1st to August 31st.
Every hunter is required to hold a hunting licence and to pay some fees.
7. Responsible tourism: also called community-based tourism, it has just been developed. The association Tourisme et Développement Solidaires (TDS), through its host villages in Doudou (Gourounsi area), Zigla Koulpélé (Bissa area) and Koïrizena (Yatenga ) helps small groups of tourists have insight into the real life of Burkina people by sharing the daily life of these populations. For further information, please call TDS at (226) 50 31 25 94