Burkina Faso has gone by several names. A former French colony, it gained independence in 1960. It is populated by over 60 ethnic groups which include the Mossi, Fula, Hausa, Bella, Dogon and various Bobo tribes. The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou, a city which has become famous for its biennial film festival, FESPACO. Thousands of people from across Africa and all over the world travel to Burkina Faso to partake in the event. Take a moment to look at all our FESPACO package has to offer. It is listed alongside our other amazing Burkina Faso itineraries below.
Burkina Faso Including Ghana and Mali
Landtours invites you to experience the wonder of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali. Your journey will be an overland expedition starting in Ghana and traveling through Burkina Faso to Mali. In Ghana you will experience the rich culture and historical sites of the Ashanti Empire, the castles that played a major role in the transatlantic slave trade and West Africa’s only rain forest, Kakum National Park. The landscape provided will be the beginning of your reunion with mother earth, as you travel through lands untouched by industrialization and technology. On this tour, you will experience the real Africa. The people of Burkina Faso and Mali will provide a feast for your senses which will be different from anything you have experienced. Burkina’s charming capital city, Ouagadougou speaks of another world, place and time with its Sudanic and Islamic influences. In Mali, behold Timbuktu, the world’s first center of learning. See where the music we call the Blues originated, and experience Dogon Country, where the people have kept their culture intact for hundreds of years.
Burkina Faso Including Ghana
This two country tour is fashioned for the adventurous at heart. Arrive in and depart from Ghana, commonly referred to as the country of Gold (not a far cry from its former colonial name, “Gold Coast”). Walk back in time as you wander through 15th Century slave castles, test your courage on a tree-top canopy walkway and experience the legend of the Ashanti Empire, renowned for its abundance of gold, rich culture and beautiful woven cloth (called “Kente”). As you drive from Ghana to Burkina Faso, you will notice the landscape change from vibrant green to the semi arid earth and low grass of the savannah. During your visit to Burkina’s charming capital city of Ouagadoudou, admire the Sudanic and Islamic influences, meet the Mossi people and learn about their incredible horse culture as you witness the Nabyius Gou ceremony. Visit Bobo Diolasso to explore how traditional life is lived in Ouagadoudou’s countryside.
UNESCO Heritage Sites
To understand the present is to appreciate the past. More and more discerning travelers are taking to the road with an eye towards discovering the secrets of ancient times, choosing World Heritage Sites to add profound meaning and wonder to their travel experience. Because of their exceptional value to humanity, it is accurate to say that the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in West Africa belong to the entire world. Our UNESCO World Heritage Site tour will take you to Mali where you will feel as though you’ve been transported to the height of the Songhai Empire.
Climbing down the Bandiagra Escarpment you’ll realize the brilliance of the ancient Dogon people who built their homes into the side of the cliff to camouflage themselves from danger. Also in Mali, let your feet touch the magical sands of the Timbuktu desert as you negotiate the terrain on a traditional camelback trek. Then, behold the wonder of Djenne. At over 800 years old, this vivacious city is the most beautiful in the Sahel with its mud buildings and Sudanic architecture. Travel to Togo and marvel at the remarkable mud tower houses of Koutammakou in the north. In Ghana tour slave castles that will take you on a spiritual journey through the history and modern day effects of the slave trade. Our tour will also take you to Benin, where you will arrive in Cotonou to explore the 15th Century palace of the ancient Kingdom of Dahomey then travel to Ganvie, a village built on water and known as the “Venice of West Africa.”
24th Biennial FESPACO
FESPACO is the largest African film festival in the world and is held every two years in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It is Pan African in that it focuses on African films and filmmakers. It is known in French as “Le Festival Pan-Africain du Cinema et de la Television de Ouagadougou.” The festival is patronized by many film industry professionals and offers them the opportunity to show their talent, knowledge and skills about script writing, film production and direction. FESPACO starts on the last Saturday of February with opening night festivities held in “Stade du 4Aout,” which is the national stadium. However, this upcoming 24th biennial FESPACO will commence on the 28th of February 2015 and end on the 7th of March 2015.