International flights to Ouagadougou from outside Africa typically involve a connection through Paris (PAR). If you find no airfare search results, try searching flights in smaller steps, such as from Paris (PAR) in general, or Orly Airport (ORY) in Paris. There are a number of airports in Burkina Faso. However, not all Burkina Faso airports have regularly scheduled flights. We do not list the smallest Burkina airports, since there is no way to provide you flights from those airports. AirGorilla offers flights, hotels, and rental car reservations for Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso is a landlocked nation in West Africa. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the south east, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Cote d'Ivoire to the south west. Formerly the Republic of Upper Volta, it was renamed on August 4, 1984 by President Thomas Sankara to mean "the land of upright people" (or "upright land") in Mossi and Dioula, the major native languages of the country. Independence from France came in 1960. Governmental instability during the 1970s and 1980s was followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Several hundred thousand farm workers migrate south every year to Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana in search of paid labour.
Burkina Faso is a relatively flat country, with a very few localised exceptions. The larger part of the country is covered by a peneplain which forms a gently undulating landscape with, in some areas, a few isolated hills, the last vestiges of a precambrian massif. The south-west of the country forms a sandstone massif, where the highest peak is found: Tenakourou (749 m). The massif is bordered by sheer cliffs up to 150 metres high.
Burkina Faso has a primarily tropical climate with two very distinct seasons: the rainy season with between 24-35 inches (600 and 900 mm) of rainfall, and the dry season during which the harmattan blows, a hot dry wind from the Sahara. The rainy season lasts approximately 4 months, May/June to September, and is shorter in the north of the country.
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. This can be explained by its population growth and its arid soil. Agriculture represents 32% of its gross domestic product and occupies 80% of the working population. It consists mostly of livestock but also, especially in the south and southwest, of growing sorghum, millet, maize (corn), peanuts, rice and cotton. There is mineral exploitation of copper, iron, manganese and, above all, gold. Lack of work causes a high rate of emigration: for example, three million people from Burkina Faso live in Cote d'Ivoire.
Approximately 50% of the population is Muslim; Christians account for about 30%, and followers of traditional African religions (typically animism of various forms) make up about 20%. Many Christians and Muslims incorporate elements of animism into their religious practices. ()