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We can cover you for up to a year abroad and our insurance covers everything from the big (personal injury, death
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We provide cover for over one hundred sports and activities, including beach games,
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CoverForYou travel insurance policies do not cover undisclosed medical conditions,
please refer to the policy wording for full terms and conditions. Please note no cover is provided for any destination where, prior to your trip commencing, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against all (but essential) travel.
BURKINA FASO - FEATURED TRAVEL GUIDE
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Burkina Faso has beautiful scenery from quaint towns and villages to stunning waterfalls. However, it is also an extremely poor country meaning that the tourist infrastructure is somewhat lacking. Having said that, don’t let it put you off enjoying the wonderful experience that is Burkina Faso.
Top Cities to Visit
The capital city of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou, which is full of great places to eat and friendly locals. It’s also the place in Burkina Faso to go if you want to enjoy the country’s nightlife. For those who want a city with a more ‘homely’ feel, Bobo-Dioulasso is the city for you. Complete with busy marketplace and enjoyable music scene, ‘Bobo’ is a great place for travellers to rest and recoup their energy.
For the traveller
Be sure to visit the Karfiguela Waterfalls, close to the town of Banfaro. Be sure to visit Bobo-Dioulasso for its museum and arts and crafts centre. Head out to the Mare aux Hippopotames for a close-up view of the hippos, or visit the town of Sindou to see the incredible Sindou Rock Formations. Of course, many visitors to Burkina Faso come to see the animals and there are ample opportunities to do so. The Ranch de Nazinga has a great range of African animals to see from elephants to antelopes.
Burkina Faso isn’t exactly known for its adventure sports and thrill seekers may want to look elsewhere. Hiking and mountain biking trips around the country are the most likely activities to get the heart racing - although that’s mainly from the exercise!
Burkina Faso Nightlife
If you are looking for a great night out, Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso are the cities to visit, although you’re in for a rather different experience at each. If you’re in the mood for clubbing and dancing the night away, Ouagadougou is the city for you - for those who would rather relax with a drink at an open air bar or café, then you should make your way to Bobo-Dioulasso.
Burkina Faso can be considered a reasonably safe country to visit. Petty crime is relatively common, such as mugging, but tourists are less likely to be targeted. Violent crime is low compared to other countries in Africa. It is also relatively safe for individual female travellers as locals tend to be very respectful of you. It is currently advisable not to travel to the north of the country due as the threat to travellers in this area is considerably higher than elsewhere.
Travel (in and around)
The international airport in Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou Airport, which is located some 8km (5 miles) from Ouagadougou. To travel to Bobo-Dioulasso, you will need to fly to Borgo Airport from Ouagadougou. The airport is located around 16km (10 miles) from Bobo-Dioulasso.
Travelling by train in the country is adequately comfortable - 1st class is often not considerably more than standard class and the price is not realistically too expensive anyway. Long distance buses are by far the cheapest and most convenient way to get around Burkina Faso - the vast majority of the Burkinabe take this method of transport.
Driving at night in Burkina Faso is inadvisable due to the poor condition of roads, the chance of wandering livestock and the potential for banditry, with the latter more common in the north of the country. Ideally, stay to main routes only, especially if you do not have access to a 4x4 vehicle. If you decide to drive in Burkina Faso, stick to the right side of the road.
Looking for the Previously Featured Travel Guides?
You can click on the following links to find our previous travel guides: Botswana Travel Guide
& Cameroon Travel Guide
TOP AFRICAN DESTINATIONS IN 2016
Tanzania is becoming more popular as a holiday destination due, in large part, to the beauty and diversity of the location. This magnificent country in the Great Lakes region of Africa is a wonderful place for a holiday; safaris are one of the main reasons many choose Tanzania time and time again. Tanzania is typically hot all year round, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20oC. November through until to February are usually the hottest months, while May to August is generally considered the coolest period. It is worth noting that it can get quite cool in the highlands.
The Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous safari parks in the world and is a huge draw for tourists from all over the world. Tanzania is also the home to Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest mountain in African and usually on the ‘to do’ list of every climber.
Top Cities to Visit - Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Arusha, Dodoma, Zanzibar City
Top Attractions - Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara National Park, Stone Town
Kenya is situated in the Great Lakes region of Africa and is another popular safari destination for tourists. Along the coast, the climate is tropical and generally very warm. However, close to the mountains in Nairobi, it can get quite cool.
Tourists generally travel to Kenya for the fantastic safari opportunities in the various national parks and reserves, but there are also some amazing beaches along the country’s coastline as well as a number of world heritage sites. Kenya is also home to Africa’s second highest mountain, Mount Kenya, which, as you can imagine, is a popular holiday choice for mountain climbers.
Top Cities to Visit - Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Malindi
Top Attractions - Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru, Mount Kenya, Amboseli National Park, Hell’s Gate National Park
The Gambia is a country that is located in West Africa and has a tropical climate, making it popular with tourists. The best time to visit the Gambia is from November through until May, at which time the temperatures are not so hot and there is the added bonus of the rainy season being over.
The Gambia is known as ‘The Smiling Coast’; this is because of the friendliness of the local population. It is a beautiful country with fabulous beaches of white sand and crystal clear warm waters and, obviously, plenty of sunshine. There are many popular tourist attractions in The Gambia, including Kachikally Crocodile Pool, which is actually a sacred site for the Gambian people. The crocodile is a symbol of fertility within the country and locals struggling to conceive will wash in the pool and pray for a child. As the name implies, there are many crocodiles at the pool, which visitors can observe and even touch if they are brave enough.
Top Cities to Visit - Bakau, Banjul, Bansang, Brikama
Top Attractions - Kachikally Crocodile Pool, Sanyang Beach, Bijilo Forest Park
OTHER TOP DESTINATIONS
Top Cities to Visit - Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Polokwane
Top Attractions - Table Mountain, Kruger National Park, Cradle of Humankind, Boulders Beach, Robben Island
Top Cities to Visit - Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, Aswan, Sharm-El-Sheikh
Top Attractions - Egyptian Museum (Cairo), Valley of the Kings, The River Nile (in general), Karnak, Abu Simbel, The Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara
Top Cities to Visit - Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier, Fez, Ouarzazate, Rabat<
Top Attractions - The Souks of Marrakech, The City of Fez (just walk around), The Atlas Mountains, The Koutoubia Mosque, The Ancient Saadian Tombs & Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech
AFRICA TRAVEL SAFETY GUIDE
When it comes to Africa, it ultimately comes down to the country you visit as you may encounter a variety of different potential threats in a large number of countries. While some countries are safe, the FCO
categorically advises that others should under no uncertain terms be visited by travellers.
This guide should therefore act as a general guide to visiting the continent of Africa - travel in certain countries e.g. Botswana will present with significantly less potential issues than other countries, such as Somalia.
Petty crime is commonplace in certain countries in Africa - countries in Africa tend to be significantly poorer than their western counterparts and this often leads to an increased likelihood of muggings or robbery. Following the following rules will significantly reduce your risk of being a victim of crime;
- Ensure all personal belongings, particularly high value items, are kept securely locked in a safe if not on your person. Do not carry around large amounts of cash
- Dressing to fit in with the local population will not only often be appreciated by the locals but also will allow you not to stick out. Expensive jewellery or clothing is best left at home.
- When using an ATM, ensure the space around you is clear and there are no devices on or around the machine
- If you are carrying a camera, handbag, laptop bag or any easily holdable item, ensure you keep a close eye on your belongings, particularly on public transport and in public areas such as marketplaces. These are often the most common place for items to be taken.
It is important to also note that in certain countries, kidnapping of foreign tourists occurs on a relatively regular basis. Please take extra care in these countries.
Other countries have also encountered significant unrest in recent months and years - if you wish to travel to these countries, ensure you attempt to avoid any large crowd gatherings and be mobile & prepared.
Nightlife and Staying Out After Dark
Nightlife in much of Africa is very different to in western countries such as the UK - there are far fewer 'nightclubs' and significantly more 'disco bars' and similar establishments. Nightclubs are more common in particular tourist-heavy areas such as resorts in Egypt. These venues are generally safe but it is advised that you stick to a group where possible and certainly do not accept drinks from strangers. If you are out and about after dark, be aware that certain areas, particularly in cities, are worth avoiding whether you are travelling in a group or not. It often helps to ask your hotel or accommodation manager where to avoid in the local vicinity. It is also inadvisable to drive in certain countries after dark - particularly cross-country.
Please note that you may not be covered for insurance claims arising from your actions whilst heavily intoxicated, if this is deemed to be a determining factor in your claim. If you wish to consume alcohol, take extra care and stay safe.
Lone Female Travel
Firstly, remember that certain countries in Africa have predominantly Muslim populations, so care should be taken to dress appropriately if you are heading away from your accommodation. Don't be afraid to make a scene if you feel threatened - the vast majority of Africans are extremely caring and considerate and will climb over each other to help you out! If possible, find a travel companion or at least make friends with those you are staying with. Many lone female travellers prefer to stay in 'family-friendly' hotels rather than hostel-style accommodation due to the increased security. For extra protection, many lone female travellers take extra protection such as rape alarms, just in case the worst does happen. Africa is a wonderful continent to visit - but be aware it does come with its risks.
Key Things to Remember
If you are heading abroad, there are five key things to remember to take with you / establish before you leave the UK.
- Mobile Phone / Satellite Phone - where a mobile phone is not appropriate, you may wish to acquire a satellite phone as many parts of Africa do not have phone signal
- Police / Ambulance / Fire Station Contacts - ensure you have the appropriate emergency contact information. If you have the chance, establish where your local police station is located.
- Travel Insurance Details/Medical Card (where necessary) - remember to take copies of your travel insurance documentation with you when you head to Africa. Due to lacking infrastructure in some parts of the continent, it can be difficult to access documentation online so having paper copies is a must in case of a claim.
- Embassy Information - it is essential to find and make contact with your local embassy in many countries in Africa - in fact some actually require you to do so. Ensure you know where your embassy is located even if you don't have to make contact.
- Visit the FCO website to find the latest Africa travel information & warnings - here.
WHAT COUNTRIES IN AFRICA DO WE COVER?
CoverForYou travel insurance policies do not cover undisclosed medical conditions, please refer to the policy wording for full terms and conditions.
Cover of countries listed below is subject to the above, the selection
of the relevant area of cover, the FCO
recommendations on travel, and the terms and conditions within the policy wording.
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde,
Central African Republic, Chad, Comoro Islands, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast),
Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Galapagos Islands,
Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi,
Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mayotte, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria,
Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland,
Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe.