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Sandstorm_Markoye_Burkina_Faso

Sandstorm at Markoye Burkina Faso

Image Credit: 
Yvan Perre

Birding tours

Ashanti operate tours to Burkina Faso.

Trip reports

PORTIER et al 2002 has considerable information about many of the important sites.

Guides

There are no bird guides known in Burkina Faso.

Logistics

Burkina Faso can be reached by daily flights from Paris to Ouagadougou. There are also flights from the Netherlands via Accra. Game ranches, national parks and wildlife reserves are the usual destinations for visitors. You will be able to hire 4WD vehicles and guides but birding is an unusual activity and you will need to explain your requirements. Most parks are open throughout the year but the rainy season frequently makes paths and tracks impassable therefore the best period for visiting is from mid-October to mid-July.

Safety

Safety and health issues are no different from those in many African countries. Guidebooks, travel companies and websites provide much of the advice one needs, but key points warrant repetition here: (1) be aware of the risk of malaria and seek current advice, sleep in a sealed tent or under a net and take prophylaxis as recommended; (2) always ensure you have sufficient water and some method of purification (even if this comprises a pot and a campfire for boiling); (3) do not underestimate the danger of being in the sun for too long, ensure you use sun-block, drink plenty of water and wear a hat; (4) be aware of the risk of AIDS; (5) ensure that you take a reasonably-equipped first-aid pack with you including supplies of hypodermic and suturing needles. See the following 2 websites or your own local embassy website for the latest safety and travel information: US Travel and UK FCO.

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