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Travel Warning WARNING: Parts of Northern Burkina Faso are not safe to visit at present. The Australian Government recommends against all travel to areas north of the towns of Djibo and Dori, due to the risk of kidnapping and terrorist attack, including from Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which targets foreigners. AQIM has also taken a number of hostages from remote areas in neighbouring countries.

On 4 April 2015, an foreign mine worker was kidnapped from the Tambao manganese mine in this area of the country.

The Australian Government, and other governments, may not be able to offer normal consular assistance in this part of Burkina Faso.

Government travel advisories
(Information last updated Apr 2015)

North Burkina Faso is the Sahelian region of Burkina Faso, along the border of Mali and Niger.


Map of North Burkina Faso
  • 1 Bokin
  • 2 Djibo
  • 3 Dori
  • 4 Gorom-Gorom
  • 5 Kaya
  • 6 Ouahigouya — the one large city in the region.
  • 7 Yako

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Ancient ferrous metallurgy sites[edit]

Five sites with ancient iron mines and furnaces around Burkina Faso have been listed as a world heritage site. Three of them are in North Burkina Faso (the other two are in the Black Volta Region):

  • 1 Tiwêga Site (west of Kaya).
  • 2 Yamané Site (between Mané and Ziniaré).
  • 3 Kindibo Site (east of Gourcy).




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