In the far southwest of Burkina Faso, only 5 km from the border with Mali we visited the escarpment of Niansogoni with Dogon like granaries at the cliffs. After I visited the Dogon in Mali twice, I was very surprised to find the same type of cave dwellings and granaries of the Tello, Ur©\Dogon, in Burkina Faso.
To go there you need a car. From Sindou we followed the piste west to Baguera. After 30km we turned right and then it is another 8 km to Niasangoni. From far you can see the escaprment at the right hand side with the mount T¨¦na Kourou of 747 m as the highest point.
We parked the car in the campement of Niansogoni (huts and drinks available). From here you follow the path in the direction of the escarpment, only partly shady by the huge mango trees and cashewnut trees. After a short walk you have to climb the rocks. It is not very difficult, but you need good shoes. And visit the escarpment later in the afternoon because of the heat.
The stunning setting is worth the climb to the rim at 470m. The views at the surrounding landscape are great. But the best has still to come. Turn left to find and see the great granaries and cave dwellings of the 12th century. Since 1980 these dwellings ar not inhabited anymore.
Nestled in the corner of Burkina Faso, where Cote de Ivore and Ghana also converge, is the Gaoua region. The town can be reached within a few hours by bus from Bobo Dioulasso. Besides the marketplace there, the Lobi Villages outside town maintain traditional charms. Stay at the Lebanese owned hotel (see Gaoua accommodation tip), but avoid the pesty young Lobi guide that hangs around there. He'll drive the motorscooter drunk and then argue with the hosting Lobi families. Find instead a smooth veteran guide that will take you directly to what you want to see. You can't find it alone. Check out my Gaoua Page for more details and images. Even with the mistakes we made, the trip was totally worthwhile.
There's a park where you can see wild caimans. Usually you have to buy a chicken (alive) to give to the animals to get out of the water and being able to see them. If you are too sensitive I adviese you not to go.
There are also some ancient turtles.
Hay un parque donde puedes ver caimanes salvajes. Normalmente has de comprar un pollo (vivo) para darselo a los caimanes y asi ver como salen del agua (Abstenerse las personas muy sensibles).
Tambien hay tortugas centenarias.
Visiting small Lobi and Gan villages in the Gaoua region. You can buy local art in these villages. Interestingly, a village will specialise only in woodcarving. In another village, you'll only meet potters. Etc. It is essential then to be with a local guide that can bring you to the villages of your choice.
When it concern tourism I think whole Burkina Faso is off the beaten path. If you do visit the country then not only stay in the captial but head off to the countryside too. I found especailly the south west and the far north of the country to be interesting. PHOTO: OUR MINIBUS HAS ITS TYRE BROKEN SOMEWERE IN THE BURKINA FASO COUNTRYSIDE.
I've been working in the Yatenga region, in the North-West, close to the border with Mali - the Dogon county, that is the 'falaise' of Bandiagara is right beyond the border - in a town called Ouahigouya. Ouahigouya is an agricultural centre, but the main commercial route to Mali and the Niger inner delta passes trough here. The farmers are concentrated in the limited irrigated areas, using the waters from a earth-dam (in the picture).
01 Bp 1603 Ouaga 01, OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 01
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
I stayed at 4 hotels in Ouagadougou. If this was a review by Goldilocks, I would say this hotel is...more
Ave de la Liberté, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Good for: Business