The Village d'Acceuil Jean Viars has 12 rooms either in round huts or in the main building. Opposite the Royal Court this guesthouse has the most central location.
We arrived in this guesthouse around midday and had our self made lunch here. Our guide proposed us to stay here. Except the roofed open air restaurant there was not much shade in the garden. Some of the rooms had a fan, some not. There was a seperate building with the toilets.
Finally we decided to spend the night not here, but in Auberge Kunkolo. We were supposed to stay there and found the huts a little more authentic and the place more shady.
In the evening we had a good dinner here in Village d'Acceuil Jean Viars.
Auberge Kunkolo is the oldest established place in Tiebele, started by a Frenchman. Now it is managed very well by a local hospitable rasta-man.
The builidings and huts are beautifully painted in the traditionial designs. Kunkolo is a wonderful laid-back place with a great green inner court yard. The open air showers and toilets are simple, but very clean. There are always enough buckets filled with water available. At the shower I saw even 5 filled buckets
The best you can do to sleep at the roof tops of the huts. They will provide matresses and mosquitonets on request. Here you will catch the breeze and sleep under a romantic night sky.
We forgot to order the mattresses and mosquitonet on the roof. It turned out to be a big mistake. In the hut it was extremily hot, even with the door and window wide open. It was my most sweaty and sleepless nigth ever.
In the late afternoon and early evening there is electricity available in the huts, but they put it off during the night. The bar and restaurant was in the open air sheltered by a roof. Nice place to sit for your drinks and breakfast. .
If you like to visit the 'Foret Classee et Ranch de Giebier de Nazinga' you have two possibilities to stay overnight.
First is the Campement de I'Elehpant - Nahouri Safari, it is just at the gateway to the Ranch on the east side, approx. 20km from Pô.
Second Campement is the more simple one at the west side. You stay in only basic huts. Just a few meters away is the Ranch's main water hole. We were lucky, two elephants took a refreshing bath at late afternoon.
Be aware - elephants sometimes stroll through the camp in the nighttime.
The huts have mosquito net and ventilator (fine if in order), they are clean, with bedsheets, towels and running water was available at all times.
Electricity is switched on for a few hours at evening - enough time to load the batteries.
A nice restaurant invites close-by for a rather good selection of different menus and cold beverages. It is totally meshed in a wire net to keep the mosquito outside without limitation of the few to the water hole.
If you look for an authentic overnight stay, than you will be well accommodated at the rasta-man's guesthouse. This is a lovely layback haven. Local traditional huts with nicely decorated walls are located around in the courtyard with lots of plants.
Under a big sheltered open air sitting you can enjoy your evening meal and/or breakfast.
Open air showers and toilet are simple, but separated and well protected. Enough water filled buckets are always available to every bodies convenience.
The roof tops of the huts are inviting to move the mattresses from the room to the roof to enjoy a romantic night sky. If it is still to hot to catch asleep, than you can start with counting the stars which appears closer than ever.
Electricity is available at evening.
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