Travel with Children

Children and teens should love Burkina Faso for the friendliness of its people, its natural beauty and the opportunities for seeing wildlife. It can be, however, a somewhat hard environment for the under 6s, due to the heat and long rides on very bumpy roads. There are also general health hazards to consider, such as malaria and various stomach bugs.

There are no baby-changing facilities as such, and since babies are carried on backs, you may be best advised to use a baby carrier instead of a stroller or pram – pavements are mostly non-existent. You can find nappies (diapers) in the larger supermarkets quite easily.

Teens will enjoy visiting local villages, and going on wildlife-spotting trips, such as at the Réserve de Nazinga, and walking around Sindou Peaks. Hotels such as Les Jardins de Koulouba in Ouagadougou, or Villa Bobo in Bobo-Dioulasso, have lovely swimming pools that older kids will enjoy (note that there are no proper shallow ends for small children).