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How much money will you need for your trip to Burkina Faso? You should plan to spend around CFA14,870 ($24) per day on your vacation in Burkina Faso, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, CFA3,292 ($5.22) on meals for one day and CFA5,369 ($8.51) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Burkina Faso for a couple is CFA12,820 ($20). So, a trip to Burkina Faso for two people for one week costs on average CFA208,175 ($330). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Burkina Faso for one week usually costs around CFA104,088 for one person. So, a trip to Burkina Faso for two people costs around CFA208,175 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs CFA416,351 in Burkina Faso. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Burkina Faso can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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How much does a trip to Burkina Faso cost? Is Burkina Faso expensive? The average Burkina Faso trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Burkina Faso prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Burkina Faso
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Burkina Faso is CFA6,410. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Burkina Faso is CFA12,820.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Burkina Faso

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Transportation Budget in Burkina Faso
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Burkina Faso is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent CFA5,369 per person, per day, on local transportation in Burkina Faso.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Intercity Transportation Budget in Burkina Faso
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  • Transportation between cities and towns in Burkina Faso costs an average of CFA1,600. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.

  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities

Flights to Burkina Faso
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Rental Cars in Burkina Faso
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Food Budget in Burkina Faso
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  • While meal prices in Burkina Faso can vary, the average cost of food in Burkina Faso is CFA3,292 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Burkina Faso should cost around CFA1,317 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Burkina Faso is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Tips and Handouts Budget in Burkina Faso
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Burkina Faso is CFA419 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Burkina Faso is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Burkina Faso
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  • The average person spends about CFA800 on alcoholic beverages in Burkina Faso per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Burkina Faso
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  • On average, people spend CFA1,702 on bottled water in Burkina Faso per day. The public water in Burkina Faso is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Burkina Faso On a Budget
Burkina Faso is an incredibly friendly and welcoming country. Although it is one of the poorest countries on earth, it is still very safe. Robbery and crime are rarely problems for travelers here. Located in West Africa, just south of Mali, Burkina Faso is densely populated with an ethnically diverse population. It's a wonderful place to learn about and experience many of the West African cultures. Despite its openness and the welcoming nature of the people here, Burkina Faso receives very few travelers. Because of this, you are likely to be welcomed with broad smiles and eager greetings. People visit Burkina Faso not for the specific sights, but more for the experience. It's truly a unique and special place, and you are sure to feel that during your time in the country.

Like elsewhere in West Africa, you do not come to this country for the wildlife. If you're hoping to do an African Safari then east or southern Africa are more appropriate destinations. People come to Burkina Faso for the people and the culture. The people of Burkina Faso embrace art, dance and music. It's a great place to take in some concerts and enjoy a variety of different types of music. In the capital, Ouagadougou, there is an excellent two week music festival, Festival International de la Culture Hip Hop. Throughout this period you can experience a variety of hip hop performances. Other times throughout the year there are any number of concerts that highlight the strong music and dance culture that exists throughout the country.

The entire area can be split into four different regions. The capital city of Ouagadougou is in the Volta Delta region which is the area with the highest concentration of people. To the west you'll find the Black Volta region. This is the most lush and diverse part of the country. East Burkina Faso is predominantly Muslim and is home to the most popular national parks. North Burkina Faso is where you'll find the Fulani and Tuareg populations.

Getting around Burkina Faso can prove somewhat challenging. The public transportation system is comparable to what you find elsewhere in West Africa. The buses are generally old, the schedules are almost nonexistent, and the roads can be in poor condition. Some visitors choose to hire a car during their visit but this is generally not necessary, particularly if you're not planning to visit the national parks or any other remote locations.
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  • Like many countries in West Africa, French is the most common second language for the population. It is also the official national language of the country. Still, outside of the larger cities most people do not speak French and only speak their local dialect. This can make communication challenging, but the friendly nature of the population means they have a lot of patience and are very helpful regardless of communication barriers.

  • Music is really at the heart of Burkina Faso. There are many festivals throughout the year that highlight this tradition. The most famous is the Festival International de la Culture Hip Hop in October, but other popular festivals include Festival Jazz in the spring, Festival des Masques et des Artes in the month March every other year, and Semaine National de la Culture, also in the spring months.

  • Camel rides that start in Gorom Gorom are a popular activity. You can arrange a guide once you arrive, but be particular and talk to several people before you commit. Also make sure you pack warm clothing as the weather can get quite cold at night.

  • A fun souvenir to bring home is a hand made African outfit. You can pick out your favorite colorful fabric and have a tailor take measurements and prepare any item of clothing for you. The best place to have this done is in Ouagadougou.

  • There are ATMs in various parts of Burkina Faso. They generally accept Visa cards but not Mastercard. Most places do not take credit cards either, so cash is the best way to pay for almost anything.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Ouagadougou: This is the capital and largest city in Burkina Faso. It is an interesting city to explore with modern architecture that is surrounded by traditional residential neighborhoods. There are a handful of good museums and parks that are worth a visit.

The Ruins of Loropeni: This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Loropeni. It's the ruins of a fortified settlement about which there is little information. It's also one of the only examples of this type of settlement in West Africa.

Karfiguela Waterfalls: This is a series of waterfalls near Banfora that are impressive during the rainy season. It's best to visit the area at the very end of the rainy season when the falls are at their fullest. It's also the most popular natural attraction in all of the country.

Popular Foods
The food of Burkina Faso, referred to as Burkinabe, is similar to food you would find throughout West Africa. The main staples are sorghum, millet, rice, maize, peanuts, potatoes, beans, yams and okra. The most common meats available are mutton, beef, goat and fish, all of which are usually grilled. You'll find the greatest diversity of restaurants in the capital city, but there are also a handful of decent restaurants in most cities and towns. Don't be surprised if they don't have every item on the menu prepared. Instead ask what is available and order from those options.

Fufu: This is a staple of West Africa. It is made from root vegetables which are boiled in water and then pounded until it forms a paste. Fufu is usually eaten with your hands in balls which are dipped in an accompanying sauce or soup.

To: This is a dough that is made from a crushed grain such as millet, sorghum or corn. The dough is usually combined with a vegetable sauce made from tomatoes, peppers, and carrots to create a stew.

Riz gras: This is a popular rice dish that is combined with an onion and tomato sauce. It makes for a filling meal that is available in most restaurants around Burkina Faso.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Camel Rides from Gorom Gorom

By backpackguru in Entertainment
Gorom Gorom is a great place to start a camel ride into the desert. It's a quintessential African experience. You can spend the night under the countless stars and wake up to the sunrise in the desert. There are guides in Gorom Gorom who can set this experience up for you, but be selective in your guide and negotiate hard because the price can be quite high. If you decide to spend the night in the desert, pack a jacket, blankets, and warm cloths because the temperature can drop unexpectedly low. Also be prepared for the challenges of riding a camel, which can be quite uncomfortable, and sometimes painful.

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