"It’s not just the spectacular name that makes Burkina’s capital so enticing. There might not be much in the way of sightseeing or architectural marvels, but as far as people-watching, eating and dancing goes, its dust-choked streets and endless selection of gardens and outdoor bars off er a brilliant bazaar of modern west African life – all in a city small enough to get across in about half an hour..." Burkina Faso: the Bradt Guide; www.bradtguides.com

Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso, grew around the imperial palace of the Mogho Naaba. Ouagadougou grand market, one of the largest markets in West Africa, which burned in 2003 and has since been reopened.

little boy with his face painted and shell necklace around the neck of the Mursi tribe, Lower Omo Valley-Ethiopia. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

little boy with his face painted and shell necklace around the neck of the Mursi tribe, Lower Omo Valley-Ethiopia. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Prepare yourself for travel and volunteering in Africa by reading these life changing books about African life, culture, history and travel.

Best Books About African Life, Culture, History, and Travel

yagazieemezi: PHOTOGRAPHY OF AFRICA: FABRICE MONTEIRO: LA VOIE...

Sheikh Ibrahima Fall was a disciple of Sheikh Aamadu Bàmba Mbàkke, founder of the Mouride Brotherhood movement in West Africa. Well known in the Mouride Brotherhood, Ibrahima Fall established the influential Baye Fall movement.

Cape Town Tips... “Located in the historic Pump House, the V&A Market on the Wharf hosts over 40 vendors selling souvenirs, gifts and quintessentially African curios. On our last trip we picked up mini prints of South African life on canvas blocks. Over the weekends the market also stocks fresh food and produce along with a foodie bookshop and demo kitchen and bar. It's best to get in early as it does get busy!”

Travel Inspiration

Planning a trip to Africa? Here are 21 books on life, history, culture, and travel that will inspire you and teach you a little something about the diversity and wonder of the African continent

Best Books About African Life, Culture, History, and Travel

Reading local literature helps prepare you for African travel & volunteering. It broadens your mind regarding the huge cultural shift you're about to undertake.

“The daily grind”  Traditional painted house in Kassena, Burkina Faso. By Louis Montrose.

Maybe she's pounding corn for "fluffy tô?" :) “The daily grind” Traditional painted house in Kassena, Burkina Faso. By Louis Montrose.

Thin hamer girl, Ethiopia

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