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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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).more
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.more
This Restaurant, in the hotel of the same name is probably the best in town. The food is excellent and well presented, while the service is first rate. Tables are set out in the courtyard of the hotel, which is nice to lounge around in on a balmy night. Prices aren't cheap by Burkina standards, but all in all it's well worth it. The grilled fish...more
Don't confuse this with the American McDonalds(there are none in Burkina Faso). This is a nice laid back sort of place with a rather funky atmosphere. Menu includes burgers, steak, chicken, pastas, salads, and fruit juices. Service is good, and food is tasty. Steak with salad and plantainsmore
The scooters are cheap and easy to drive. Mamoudou drove one and I drove the other. Belinda sat on the back of Mamoudou's scooter. I had to get the seat adjusted, and we almost had a conflict with a bystanding Rastafarian style guy who insisted on invading our business space. But, the tank was full and we were off. The roads leading out to the lake are sandy and flat, and generally fun to drive over. The scooter really is much faster than a vehicle and less offensive to the bicycles and foot traffic that uses the roads to get things to market. I can't recall the prices, but they were very reasonable. The scooter places is located on the main drag in Banfora town.
Wouol is a development association of several agricultural producers, mostly women (70%). We visited Wouol 14 km kilometers north of Banfora. There was also a small shop. With your purchases you support the interesting local initiatives and hard work of the local women
What to buy: In the shop you can buy 'home-made' dried mangos, cashew nuts, juices.The majority of the products have biological and fair trade certificates. It is a nice souvenir to bring home. My intention was to buy dired mangos to bring home, but it was not the season. So I ended up with a package of cashew nuts. In the shop I drunk 2 mango juices, sweet and refreshing around the warm midday.
Besides the fauna, the flora of Banfora is very attactive to tourists. Fortunately, none of the flowers or fruits that I saw were endangered, but I'd ask before picking a fruit. This is a tongue in cheek tourist trap
Unique Suggestions: Stop and smell the flowers and fruits. It's unbearable to leave them behind, but oh well!
Fun Alternatives: Buy fruit or flowers from a street vendor in Banfora or Bobo
Favorite thing: My favorite photos are those of people. Nothing tells me more than a human face...hope you like them.