Ouagadougou is the capital of the country of Burkina Faso in West Africa. Visitors will find a melting pot of French and tribal Mossi influences in everything from the attractions, to the cuisine and the language. Ouagadougou International Airport is located in the city centre, so you should not have any problems getting around. If you arrive by train, the first thing you get to see is Noba Koom, a huge and amazing statue of a woman with calabash (cooking pot) offering water to visitors. Get a car for hire in Ouagadougou so that you can see all the attractions in Ouagadougou and the rest of Burkina Faso.
Just a short distance away from the airport, you will find the United Nations roundabout, along with the Jardin de l’amitié Ouaga-Loudun (Garden of Ouaga-Loudun Friendship). The Bangr-Weoogo urban park is the city’s green lung, and was at one time a sacred forest for the Mossi tribe. It has a zoo and crocodiles in the marshes under a bridge. The Mayor’s Garden (Jardin du Maire) can be found in front of city hall, in the heart of downtown. A lion statue is located at Place du Grand Lyon in front of the Georges Melies French Cultural Center. Get a car for rent in Ouagadougou so that you can see all these, and do not miss Noba Koom at the railway station. Other must-visit attractions include the Mogho Naaba royal palace, and the Monument to the Battle of the Rail.
If there is one thing the Ouagalais seem to like just as much as their gardens, it would be the museums. The Museum Kadiogo in front of the Yalgado Ouedraogo Hospital offers a history and culture lesson about Burkina Faso. The National Laboratory of Natural History, opposite the aforementioned hospital, has 6,000 snake species and 4,000 insect species, along with 20 mammals found in the country. The Ethnographic Museum goes back several centuries to follow the Burkinabe man. You can find out more about the traditional music of Burkina Faso at the Museum of Music, which is located within the Directorate of Cultural Heritage.
There are about two dozen hotels for travellers looking to find a place to stay in Ouagadougou. The best of the lot is the Hotel Ricardo, located behind the barrage at 01 BP 439. Other top choices include the Hotel les Palmiers on Rue Joseph Badoua, and the Laico Ouaga 2000 Hotel on Avenue Pascal Zagre.
A trip to Ouagadougou, whether for tourism or other purposes, would not be complete without an African Safari. Book your car rental in Ouagadougou right now and plan to visit the Ziniare Animal Park 18 miles east of the city on the way to Kaya. A little detour from Zinaire will take you to Laongo, which has granite sculptures carved by visiting artists from all over the world. A similar 18-mile drive west on the road to Bobo-Dioulasso will bring you to the Bazoule Crocodile Pond. The Kabore Tambi National Park on the way to Po is also well worth an exploration. Less than 20 miles from Ouagadougou on the route to Po, you will find the Koubri Monastery, a refreshing getaway with lakes and a cheese factory.
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