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Complexe du Centre International de Conférences de Ouaga 2000
Avenue Pascal ZAGRE
Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso

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General information about Ouagadougou and sightseeing tips

 

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Approach
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Ouagadougou, also called Ouaga for short, is the capital of Burkina Faso, and home to roughly 1.4m people according to latest estimates. As your plane approaches the airport, you will notice the absence of a skyline you might expect for such a large city because the residential areas of Ouagadougou have more of a village character. While multi-storey buildings dominate the city center and the new district named Ouaga 2000, the adjacent quarters are home to simple residential settlements. But this has created a large number of neighborhoods worth discovering, markets full of narrow, angled streets and public squares. There has been very little crime to limit mobility within the city. People are open-minded and warm-hearted, but by and large they prefer to be asked first if you wish to take snapshots of them.

Arrival
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Ouagadougou’s airport is small. There are no more than 6 to 8 arrivals per day, and the facility is built to accommodate the low number of passengers. After landing, you will be asked to present proof of your yellow-fever vaccination (!!!) and your visa. At this point you should name the hotel where you are staying. This will make getting through the formalities that easier. At the luggage check-out we recommend hiring a bag carrier. Pay him upon delivery of the bag to the taxi, shuttle or vehicle roughly 2,000 CFA francs (3 euros).

Embassies
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Germany
Ambassade de la République Fédérale d`Allemagne 399,
399 Avenue Mogho Naba Koom 1
01 B.P. 600       
Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso
Tel. (+226) 50 30 67 31 / 32
Emergency assistance (+226) 70 21 16 42
Fax. (+226) 50 31 39 91
Email: amb.allemagne@fasonet.bf

USA
Ambassade des Etats-Unis d'Amérique
01 B.P. 35
602 Avenue Raoul Follereau,
Koulouba, Secteur 4
Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso
Tel. (+226) 50 30 67 23 / 50 30 67 24 / 50 30 67 25
Fax: (+226) 50 30 38 90 / 50 31 23 68 / 50 31 26 60 / 50 31 27 07
Email: amembOuaga@state.gov 

United Kingdom
No UK embassy but:
British Honorary Consulate
01 B.P. 3769
Ouagadougou 01
Tel: (+226) 50 31 11 37 / 50 30 02 20
Fax: (+226) 50 31 05 03

Ghana
Ambassade du Ghana
01 B.P. 212
Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso
Tel.: (+226) 50 30 76 35 / 50 30 17 01
Fax: (+226) 50 30 69 60
Email: embagna@fasonet.bf

Morocco
Ambassade du Morocco
Villa B04 Place De La Cotiere
Ouagadougou
Tel: (+226) 50 37 40 16
Fax: (+226) 50 37 41 72
Email: ambmar@liptinfor.bf

Netherlands
Royal Embassy of the Netherlands
415 Avenue du Dr. Kwamé N’Krumah
Ouagadougou
Tel: (+226) 50 30 61 34 / 50 30 61 35 / 50 30 61 36
Fax: (+226) 50 30 76 95
Email: oua@minbuza.nl 
Website: www.ambassadepays-bas.bf

France
Ambassade de la France
902 avenue de l'Indendance
Ouagadougou
Tel: (+226) 50 30 67 74 / 50 30 67 75 / 50 30 67 76
Fax: (+226) 50 31 41 66 / 50 30 67 73
Website: www.ambafrance-bf.org

Benin
No Benin embassy in Burkina Faso

Taxi
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Green cabs move around on fixed routes and stop in between to take up more passengers. Normal fares are about 300 CFA francs. If you wish to take an alternative route, make sure to negotiate the fare before taking off.

Wetter
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The conference takes place during the rainy season, which guarantees rainy days and humid weather. Therefore, be prepared to bring along rain coats and/or umbrellas.

Bank
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In some branches of the larger banks you can change Euros or other currencies, but only for a substantial fee. It is more advisable to go to an exchange office. There you will get the official rate of 655,957 francs-CFA for 1 Euro without further deduction. Rates to the US$ and other currencies are prone to market fluctuations. So, it is wisest to bring along cash in Euros and change only the amount you need in Ouagadougou.  Furthermore, some banks, such as the BICIA-B in the Avenue Kwame N’Kruma, have automatic cash terminals where you can draw cash with your Visa card if you know your PIN. Cash withdrawal is not possible with the MasterCard. Other credit cards can only be used in big hotels to pay your bill but not for cash withdrawal.

Center
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The northern perimeter of the town center is marked by the United Nations Square (Place des Nations Unies)

Avenue Kwame N´Krumah
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The north – south axis is formed by the Avenue Kwame N’Kruma, which runs from the Place des Nations Unies to the airport. Here you can find banks, shops, and a great number of restaurants, bars and cafés.

Presidents palace
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The former president’s palace and office is located at the eastern perimeter of the towns center.

Ouaga 2000
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The new president’s palace is located in the newly designed quarter ”Ouaga 2000” where the conference center is also located. Since years, ”Ouaga 2000” is a huge construction site where new infrastructure is build for Ouagadougou and Burkina Faso. Embassies, Hotels and Ministries are currently moving to Ouaga 2000.

VBA
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The regional partner of the GLOWA Volta project and co-organizer of the conference, the Volta Basin Authority (VBA), is also located in ”Ouaga 2000”, not far from the conference center.

Café Koulouba
Cafes/Bistros
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Across from the Celtel complex in the city center, the café Koulouba cannot be missed. Very popular throughout the day, it attracts guests with its coffee and breakfast, pastries and cold drinks. Cafés and bistros are open from 6.00am to 7.00pm, but closed for mid-day break between 12.30 and 4.00pm.

Les p´tit délices
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Also near the CELTEL complex, and adjacent to the Café de Vienne, Les P’tit Délices features a small garden designed in Victorian style with lovely interiors. The fresh fruit juices and milkshakes are highly recommended. Good lunches, but closed in the evenings.

Café de Vienne
Cafes/Bistros
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Offering an authentically Austrian ambiance, Brigitta Bauchinger has established a small refuge offering coffee and cake, vegetarian snacks and local meat dishes, breakfast and lunch. In addition, you can learn from her about the projects she is following in Burkina Faso (dam improvement and school construction).

La Paix au Faso
Cafes/Bistros

Apart from the mentioned restaurants and bistros, there are numerous small cafés and snack bars, where you can get coffee, soft drinks, juices and little snacks. As an example, is a small café at the street corner, found south of the Hotel Independence, the ”La Paix au Faso”.

Baratapas
Cafes/Bistros
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A night bar with small dishes and live-music where you can enjoy self-made liqueur in an ambience produced by imaginative metal sculptures.

Ouaga Plage
Cafes/Bistros
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Not far from the hotel Silmandé you can enjoy a nice view on the lake in the evening. Drinks and pizzas are served in little pavilions.

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In addition there are the „Jardim de l’Amitié” close to the Place des Nations Unis with Live music, the „Chez Simon” in the Av. Kwame N’Kruma with Lebanese delicacies and right across the street the „Moulin Rouge”.

Verdoyant
Restaurants
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Pizza in Africa? A very good address if you want to enjoy stone-oven pizza in the city center in an open-air dining area. On the weekend and evenings be sure to make reservations, especially for larger groups, since salad, pizza and ice-cream of this quality are in great demand. Tel.: 00226-50 31 54 07

Gondwana
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This is without doubt the best address for anyone who wishes to enjoy excellent cuisine in an African ambiance. Since the owner also owns one of the largest collections of art and exhibits, all the objects in the restaurant are for sale. Keep your eyes open for a souvenir, buy it and have it expertly packaged for your return trip.

Paradisio
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Although poorly lit and located directly adjacent to the street, you can get good pizzas and other inexpensive dishes as well as draft beer in the afternoon and from 6.00pm. This is a social watering-hole where you can often meet employees from ECB for a bière à la pression at the end of the day.

Le gigot à la ficelle
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African cuisine at top speed because your orders are taken and your meals served by waiters on inline skates. Located on the ring road outside town, but easily accessible.

La Forêt
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Somewhat remote but very quiet the ”La Forêt” places you in a garden setting. Nice garden with good cuisine and some African dishes.

Rang de l´Inde
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Very good Indian cuisine at the Avenue Kwame N’Kruma close to the airport.

Paradis des meilleurs vins
Restaurants
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As the name already promises, this wine pub is a very good address for choice wines. A good bistro kitchen adds to the nice atmosphere at the corner with a view of the main street Avenue Kwame N’Kruma.

Tabou
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Restaurant, bar and dancing place not far from the Place des Nations Unies.

Jardin de l´Unité Africaine
Restaurants

This pub is known for its television soccer broadcasts. It is a garden bistro with nice atmosphere.

Restaurants

In addition there are: The  „La Casbah” with specialties from the Maghreb (50360641), the „Le Coq Bleu” in the Av. Kwame N’Kruma for higher European standards, the „Tam Tam” on the road to Bobo-Dioulasso with good German cuisine, the „Maquis Abousa” with good Senegalese dishes.

CCF
Culture and music
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Time and interest in a little cultural distraction? The Centre Culturel Francais (CCF) offers a large number of events for every taste: cinema and private art shows, photo exhibitions and jazz concerts, discussion forums and open-air theater. Entrance to the café and bistro area is free of charge.

Village Artisanal
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A facility providing space to many local craftsmen and artists. Here you can find the most distinctive items and souvenirs, jewelry, wood-carving and woven fabrics. What makes the facility special is that you can watch the craftsmen and artists at work.

Mathias Lafon
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The Kalao, a symbol of agricultural fertility, is one among a number of objects available in all sizes. Mathias Lafon is also the owner of the restaurant Gondwana. Have fun browsing and buying.

K-lala
Arts and Souvenirs
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Good address for unusual items such as lamps and tables, accessories and decorations, pictures and fabrics. Located across from the Verdoyant.

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