Located in the Niger bend, Burkina Faso is an inland country of 274,000 km2 (1,750,000 miles2) without sea outlet, it is bounded to the north and west by the Republic of Mali, to the north-east by Republic of Niger, to the south-east by the Republic of Benin and the south by the Republic of Togo, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.
relief gradients hinder the flow of water of the three
rivers Mouhoun, Nazinon and Nakambe, which drain the
country. The nearest point to the Atlantic Ocean is 450
kms (280 miles). The average altitude of the plateaus is
450 m (1,476 feet). The highest peak is the Tenakourou
with a height of 747 m (2,450 feet) and is located in the
west of the country.
| With more than
2,752,000 hectares of game reserves, Burkina Faso is by
excellency , a country of game safari and sightseeing.
All the species of West Africa's animals can be found
(lions, buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, birds,
etc). The hunting season is from December to May.
Its management is essentially private with restricted
zones of concession.
The Arly park is located 500 km (320 miles) from Ouagadougou to the South-East of the country. You can see majority of the animals which exist in West Africa
This Park is situated 120 kms (75 miles) south of OUAGADOUGOU. On the road, you can visit the village of Tiebele, specifically for the manner of the construction of huts and the designs on them, it's the heart of the Gourounsi country.
| The existence of
powerful kingdoms in the east and center of the country
(OUAGADOUGOU, TENKODOGO, YATENGA, GOURMA) have
characterized the history of the country. Colonized by
France at the end of the 19th century, the country was
named Upper-Volta, she gained her independence in 1960.
On August 4, 1984 the name Upper Volta was changed to
Burkina Faso. The name Burkina (Moore) literally
translated as "Dignity, Integrity", and Faso
(Dioula) meaning " The country ". The name
Burkina Faso therefore means "The country of Honest
Men". It's motto is
"Unity-Progress-Justice" The current head of
state is Captain Blaise COMPAORE, the first elected
president of the 4th Republic.
With a population of over 10,000,000, Burkina Faso is one of the most populated in West Africa. Her population comprised different ethnic groups: Mossi (the largest ethnic group), Gourounsi, Lobi, Fulani, Gourmantche, Senoufo, Bissa, Mande, etc. The people of Burkina Faso are called Burkinabe. The inhabitants of OUAGADOUGOU, the capital are more than 1,000,000 in 2000.
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