Fly to Ouagadougou
People fly to Ouagadougou because it's fun to stay in and for its nature reserves, unique architectural style and exotic markets.
Built in the 1930s, the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Ouagadougou is one of the largest cathedrals in western Africa. Composed of indigenous mudbrick, it is constructed in the style of a Roman basilica, contrasting with the stark white Grande Mosquee de Ouagadougou.
One of the top attractions in Ouagadougou is the Laongo Sculpture Symposium, where talented sculptors from all over the world are invited to craft granite sculptures in the garden using the boulders in their natural setting. New works are added every two years.
Burkina's respect for the arts is further reflected in the Artisanal Village, where visitors may purchase high-quality souvenirs.
To see the local wildlife, visit Nazinga Game Park for antelope, birds, baboons and elephants.
Hints and tips
Movie lovers fly to Ouagadougou for the Fespaco film festival, held biennially since 1969. Here, African films compete for the local version of the Oscars.
When you fly to Ouagadougou, you can leave your sweaters at home; mean daily temperatures are in the mid-70s to high 80s.
Ouagadougou International Airport (OUA) is accessible by car via a number of highways from all directions. A conveniently located public bus station serves Burkina Faso and abroad.
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