From Banfora it is a pleasant trip to the 100-hectare Lac de Tengréla. The lake is known for the hippo's. The best chance of seeing hippo's is in the drier months from January to April. You can make a boatrrip at the lake by piroque to come closer to the hippo's.
Tengrela is also a laid-back place to hang around at the lake side in the shade of mangotrees and have a picknick lunch or just to enjoy the lake.
We made a boattrip at the lake in February. We saw lots of birds, waterplants and beautiful waterlillies. And we were lucky, we saw a group of hippo's too.
The admission price (CFA2000) includes a pirogue trip.
like The domes de Fabedougou consist of huge limestone formations that have been sculpted over millennia by erosion into surreal dome-like shapes. According to geological experts the formations date back to 1.8 billion years, when the whole area was an ocean. Sedimentary rocklayers of different thicknesses are developed. Some layers were harder and had less erosion
The scenery of the Domes de Fabedougou is unique. You don't expect these rocks in the form of huge eggs and pointing fingers in the flat surroundings. We visited the domes in the middle of the day. There is almost no shelter, so it was very hot. You can climb the rocks for a great view. I di not because of the heat.
The entrance is 1000 CFA. There is no infromation about the rocks at the ticket office.
From Banfora the visit to the Karfiguela Falls (Cascades de Karfiguela) is a nice halfday trip. It's also a place to have a picknick under the shady mango trees, at the kiosk at the parking lot where they sell drinks and beer or at the natural upperpools.
From the parking lot to the falls it is a small walk by a path lined by shady mango trees.
At the end you can see the falls from below. From there it is a 10 minutes climb to the top. Take the path at the right side of the picknick area. There are steps carved into the rocks to help the ascent.
When you have reached the higher level look back for the view. From here you continue the trail to the left to reach the upperpart of the falls. Here you have natural pools and a second cascade.
It is a lovely area to stay for a while, to have even put your feet in the water or have a swim if you like in the natural upperpools. The falls are not spectacular, but it is a nice change of environment after the flat sugarcane fields. Probably the falls are more interesting in the rainy season, but then the steps up will be more slippery too.
Admission to the falls CFA1000.
Wouol is a development association bringing together a considerable amount of groups of agricultural producers together.
70% of the members are women. The majority of the products have the biological and fair trade certificates.
Just a few kilometers west of Banfora a production facility can be visited.
The associated shop invites to purchase 'home-made' dried mangos, mango juice, cashew nuts etc. as nice souvenir to bring home but also for the immediate consumption at the spot while you support with your contribution the hard work of the local women.
I liked most the mango juice.
A very interesting and outstanding example for local initiatives - FAIR-TRADE - I like it
The Komoé river has its source in the hills of Sindou and on the Sikasso plateau just behind the cliffs of Banfora. About 14km northwesterly the river has several falls. They are not dramatic, but a welcome scenic change to relax for a while - maybe also with a refreshing bath in the upper river beds.
The terrain provides enough altitude difference to produce hydraulic energy. The Komoé river provides also the hugh water amount to water the some easterly located vast sugarcane fields and feeds also the closed-by sugarcane factory with the necessary water for the process.
The factory is owned by a Pakistan investor and employs more than 4000 workers from the region. The remains of the squeezed sugarcanes are fermented and distilled to medical alcohol in these days after production of drinking alcohol was stopped by the religious Pakistani.
The peaks are an impressive sight, and it's a great area to get in some hiking. The views all around are great. Be sure to make your way up to the top for some outstanding views. Despite the distance from Banfora, you will certainly appreciate this place.
Most people visit this lake with the hopes of seeing Hippos during the pirogue(small wooden boat) rides. Since I didn't spot any of the resident Hippos, you will have to do with these pictures of pretty flowers and a girl in a rusty boat..no complaints please. The lake is a pretty and tranquil place where the boat ride costs you around 2000CFA($4).
At Febedougou you will find rocks in various bizarre formations. It's like something you see in a sci-fi movie as the setting for a far away planet. There doesn't seem to be a lot of foot traffic around here, so you might have the domes all to yourself. You can climb up to the top easily enough and enjoy the otherworldy views.
After watching the hippos at Lake Tengrela, our guide led us over to a trail that went up to a series of cascades known collectively as Karfiguela Falls. We parked the scooters under some tall tress, and high up the rocky trail to what appeared to be the top. We ate lunch and enjoyed the view. The hike was not that long or difficult really, although a little climbing is needed near the top.
Lake Tengrela is part of a preserve that requires paying for admission, although the infrastructure of facilities are basically non-existant. At the lake's edge our guide bargained for a boatman to take us out onto the lake in his pirogue. Stepping on a board over a muddy swamp into the leaky boat was slightly worrisome, but the boy was certain that the boat would float. The lake itself is rather shallow, and so the hippos congregate in a deeper corner. The boatman poled his way over to the area where they appeared to be for the day. We saw several boats coming and going, but this was not a crowded lake by any means, and the hippos were not being harassed. The boatman took care to stay at some distance from the hippos as the animals have the capacity to capsize the boat. These animals are gruff in their manner and potentially quite dangerous, so we scrambled to fit on a telephoto 2x extender onto the 25x video camera lense. I needed to use the digital zoom feature on my 10x optical still camera to get good close-ups. We also had a pair of 10x binoculars that brought the animals nicely into close-up. At our closest to the herd, the naked eye was quite sufficient for viewing the animals behavior though. Certainly, closer watching is a available in the glass tank of many zoos, but these animals were free, active, and even playful. The bull hippos snorted to assert their territory while the calves stayed close by their mothers.
These pretty falls make a pleasant trip from Banfora. You can climb up to the top to get a great view of the lush surroundings.