Burkina Faso is a land-locked republic in west Africa, lying south of the Sahara with a total area of almost 270,000 sq. kms. In the western and southern areas of the country semi-arid sandstone savannah plateaux dominate, cut by three large rivers which may be reduced to trickles during the dry season. Over 90% of the population is rural based.

The climate is tropical with a dry season in December-April and a wet season from June-November with 80% humidity. Warm, high temperatures all year round and maximum temperatures, March-May reaching 40°C in the shade. The dry northeast winds reduce the savannah to semi-desert.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Boardering the Sahara, the dry tropical climate of Burkina Faso can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on returning to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Rabies Prevention

Avoid physical contact with all domestic or wild animals in any setting unless you are absolutely certain the animal has been well vaccinated. The need for vigilance, particularly when travelling with children, cannot be understated. If bitten, wash the wound gently but thoroughly with soap and water for at least fifteen minutes.

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