Burkina Faso Map - Political
Burkina Faso Map - Political

The Political Map of Burkina Faso shows the international boundaries, provincial boundaries with names, and national capital marked.

Though Burkina Faso is considered a highly safe country across West Africa, visitors are recommended to be conscious of thieves and looters in the big cities. While violence is rare, purse-snatchers and pickpockets are common in the towns.

Geography of Burkina Faso

A landlocked nation in the West Africa, Burkina Faso surrounds a landmass of nearly 274,200 SqKm and is bounded by 6 nations: Mali towards West and North; Niger towards East; Benin towards Southeast; Togo towards South; Ghana towards South; and Ivory Coast towards the southwest. The country is located on a far-reaching plateau, somewhat inclined to the south. The leached, red, and iron-bearing rock layer covering the fundamental crystalline rocks is profoundly engraved by the nation’s 3 main rivers—Mouhoun (the Black Volta); Nazinon (the Red Volta), and Nakambé (the White Volta) all of these congregate in Ghana towards South to create the Volta River.

Demography of Burkina Faso

Currently, Burkina Faso’s population is approximately 20,934,417 that is unevenly dispersed among various regions. The central and eastern regions are thickly settled with over 50% of total inhabitants and in the residual areas, people are scattered. Around nine-tenths of the total population is occupied with agriculture and raising cattle. Poor economic situations, worsened by irregular and severe droughts have continuously been provoking significant relocation to urban areas within and beyond Burkina Faso, mostly in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

The political situation in Burkina Faso

Continuous political troubles and unrest; futile governance and poor education and healthcare system, lack of infrastructure, and poor soils have left the country as one of the poorest nations worldwide; nonetheless, the situation seems to become better under the new government and the better results can be anticipated.

Culture of Burkina Faso

Over 50% of the people are Muslim in Burkina Faso, yet there are no serious conflicts between different religious groups. Mossi is the chief ethnolinguistic group and they speak the ‘Niger-Congo’ language belonging to the Gur branch. These people have been associated for ages with the area they live in. All cultural groups commemorate local fiestas during which special cuisine is made and local beer is normally consumed. Despite extreme poverty and crisis, Burkina Faso is popular for the extraordinary treasures of linguistic, ethnic, cultural, and bio-diversity. The place is popular for its rich spiritual culture that has remained uninterrupted by western influence.

Places to Visit in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou (Ouaga)

It is the capital city and home to the nation’s economic and administration centers. There are not many exciting places to visit in Ouaga except for the spectacular Roman Catholic cathedral and the live music, overwhelming celebrations, and the craft markets.

Bobo-Dioulasso (Bobo)

The second-largest city in size, Bobo rather provides a relaxed and exceptional feel to the visitors. The city can be explored during the day though; nightlife is a real attraction in Bobo because of living music, restaurants, bars, and performances.

Banfora

Situated in the Comoe Province, Banfora is considered one of the most scenic beauties because of the Tengrela Lake; hippos can be spotted here and the Karfiguela Waterfalls, a great picnic and hiking spot.

The climate here is usually hot, dry, and sunny; thus the place can be best visited from late October to December as the temperature considerably cools down.