Burkina Faso

Formerly named Upper Volta and now one of the world's poorest countries, Burkina Faso at least had a safe reputation until recently. A spate of kidnappings in the region has led the UK Foreign Office to advise against all travel to the north of the country – home to nomadic tribes and the Sahel. The capital, Ougadougou, suffered military unrest in April 2011.

There are several national parks in Burkina Faso, along with a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Ruins of Loropeni. Bobo-Dioulasso has a remarkable, if small, Mosque, while Ougadougou features a large mudbrick cathedral. Christianity and Islam are both widely practised.

Country

Burkina Faso flag

Why you should go:

You want to see the Bobo Dioulasso Grand Mosque.

Why you shouldn't:

Things are a little uncertain there.

Map of Burkina Faso