Hostels in Burkina FasoHostels in Burkina Faso

You are looking for hostels in Burkina Faso? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Burkina Faso hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Burkina Faso.

All Cities in Burkina Faso

We list every single hostel in Burkina Faso and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Burkina Faso for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Burkina Faso hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Burkina Faso. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a small country in West Africa. It is landlocked and bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire. A former French African republic, Burkina Faso used to be known as the Republic of Upper Volta, but was renamed in 1984 to mean “the land of the upright people” in the two most popular native languages, Mossi and Dioula. The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou, which is in the centre region of the country. The only other large city is Bobo Dioulasso. Both Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso are serviced by international airports. Flights from cities such as Paris, Brussels, and Istanbul, as well as many other West African countries land at the Ouagadougou airport while the one in Bobo Dioulasso has flights to and from the Cote d’Ivoire and Ouagadougou only. Travellers interested in visiting this small country should be aware that from 2014 onwards, many state departments around the world consider it to be a very dangerous country for Westerners to visit.

The country’s climate is tropical, with only two major seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to September and is shorter in the north of the country. In the dry season, the harmattan - a dry wind from the Sahara - blows.

Burkina Faso is one of the most impoverished countries in the world. Its low GDP is based on a per capita income of only $1,300. Agriculture represents the biggest portion of the GDP, at 32%, and consists mostly of livestock. The economy is dominated by government-controlled corporations. Mining is another big industry in Burkina Faso; it is the fourth-largest gold producer in Africa. The currency is the West African CFA Franc.

Burkina Faso is also ranked as the most illiterate country in Africa. It is, however, an incredible destination for anyone interested in African culture and music, very specifically drumming. Burkina Faso plays host to the International Arts and Crafts Fair, in Ouagadougou, better known by its French name, Le Salon International de L'Artisanat de Ouagadougou. It is considered one of the most important African artisan fairs in the world. Indigenous masks and dancing are two key elements of Burkinabe culture; travellers to Burkina Faso can experience both.

Ouagadougou is not just the capital, it is the liveliest city in the country. It is known for its arts, music, and festivals. Travellers in Burkina Faso in the spring (February to May) should look into attending a film or music festival. Budget accommodation can be found here in Ouaga (as the locals call it.) There are very, very few backpacker hostels in West Africa. Instead, consider a cheap hotel. Just be warned that in general, cheap hotels in WA might have little to no electricity, cold water only, or no water at all.

Bobo Dioulasso, the second largest city, is known for its grand mosque, an excellent example of mud brick architecture. The Le Grande Marche is a lively and colourful bazaar with anything you could possibly need or want. Backpacker accommodation can also be found here, again not in hostel form but in cheap hotels.

Once you have your accommodation sorted, begin to explore this fascinating country. Burkina Faso, and Africa in general, occupy a unique place in the world.

expert for Burkina Faso hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Burkina Faso hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ on Hostels in Burkina Faso

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Burkina Faso?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Burkina Faso here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Burkina Faso safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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