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    Tourists Guide To Ouagadougou & General Information

    Ouagadougou is the Capital City of Burkina Faso, and is situated almost in the middle of the Country. It is also the communications, administrative, cultural and economic hub of the Country. Ouagadougou is often just called Ouaga.

    An Overview & Informative Guide To Ouagadougou

    Ouagadougou is named after a hero and war chief well known throughout Burkina Faso’s history, and is the French spelling of his name.

    What You Need To Know About Ouagadougou

    There are a few important things to take note of when travelling to Ouagadougou.

    When Is The Best Time To Visit Ouagadougou?

    Due to the tropical climate and unpredictable weather in Ouagadougou, it is best to visit this City between October and December.

    Do I Need A Visa To Visit Ouagadougou?

    To visit Ouagadougou you will need a valid passport that is not expiring within the next 6 months, as well as a Visa.

    What Should I Pack To Visit Ouagadougou?

    Depending on what time of year you are travelling to Ouagadougou will influence what you need to pack. Generally summer clothes, something warmer for early mornings and evenings; sunscreen, forms of identification and a camera should be taken with. Insect repellant is a must.

    Do I Need Vaccinations To Visit Ouagadougou?

    You need to be up to date with all your necessary vaccinations and it is imperative to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever when entering Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. Also make sure you take anti-malaria tablets, it is best to consult a GP regarding this.

    Transport & How To Get Around Ouagadougou?

    Ouagadougou Airport carries out flights to West Africa and Europe and before travelling to the City one should make arrangements to either rent a car or organize transport through the travel or booking agent. There are taxis, but prices can fluctuate depending on how busy the City is.

    Attractions And Places To Visit In Ouagadougou

    Ouagadougou is the Capital City of the West African Country, Burkina Faso. It is an exciting and vibrant City with plenty to see and a lot to do. You definitely will not get bored in Ouagadougou.

    Where To Go When Visiting Ouagadougou?

    There a variety of places to visit in Ouagadougou. These places are:

    Bangre-Weoogo

    This urban park is a great place to get out and has many walking and running trails. There is also a small zoo in the park. If you are lucky you might spot some crocodiles close to the bridge in the park, near the marchland. The name of this park literally means “The Sacred Forest”, so take only photos and leave only footsteps.

    Moro Naaba Ceremony

    Every Friday morning at 7.15am you can witness a 15-minute festival that imitates a battle from the Mossi era in the 1400’s.

    Le Musee National

    This museum complex in Ouagadougou is devoted to all the local cultures and ethnic groups of Burkina Faso.

    National Museum of Music

    This museum shows all the musical instruments that are used by the local people of Burkina Faso.

    Nab Koom

    This is a 20-foot high statue that shows a woman holding a calabash ready to pour water. It is named after an important chief in Burkina Faso’s history, and is a welcoming point for people entering Ouagadougou.

    Laongo

    If you travel 30 kilometers to east of the Ouagadougou city centre, you will come to an art exhibit that shows sculpture granite slabs that are attributed to 5 different continents.

    Other places to visit in Ouagadougou:

    • L’Unite Pedagogique
    • Village Artisanal of Ouagadougou
    • Central Market
    • Gounghin Market
    • Tigoung Nonma
    • Scimas
    • Marina Market
    • French Culture Centre
    • Café Zaka
    • Cineburkina
    • Cine Reale
    • Jardin de l’amitie
    • Musee de Manega
    • La Place du Grand Lyon

    How Old Is Ouagadougou?

    Times in Ouagadougou date back to the 15th century, where the City first became a Capital and was inhabited in the early to mid 1400’s.

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