Bobo-Dioulasso Travel Guide
The 'Grand Marche'
The 'Grand Marche'
The train station
Every age attend the event
Things to Do
The lake alongside the national road N1
A private museum gives insight into masks secrets
Between the two villages of Ouahabou and Houndé alongside the national road N1 there is a small village named Boni. Hidden in the second row of houses is a small but fine museum. It exhibit, among other, masks of the Mossi culture. Of course it is not the national museum,...
Only once in a year .........
.... a big fishing event takes place 15km ahead of Bobo-Dioulasso on a small lake alongside the road N1.When the water-level of the lake reached a certain level by evaporation, the officials allow the villagers to go for fishing. The catfishes get trapped by a basket and...
Visite de la Grand Mosque de Dioulasso
For 1000F CFA you can visit the inside of the mosque.If you are lucky you get guided by the Imam or his deputy - just put off your shoes and the tour can start.The Grand Mosque of Bobo-Dioulasso, a unique Sudanese mud architecture was built in 1880.The interior consists of...
The big market is in the center of town and hard to miss. If you enjoy checking out what the locals are selling and buying, then by all means visit this fairly easy going market(by African standards anyway). Although bustling and pretty big, this market is less...
Explore the old town
Taking a look around the old town in the Kibidoue district is interesting and worthwhile. You might as well hire a guide, as you will be asked nonstop until you've hired one. Here you will see a neighborhood of traditional dwellings in a winding maze of narrow alleys....
L'Escale: The Food Doesn't Justify the Price
I went to this place not realizing just how elegant it is. It's in a beautiful setting around a picturesque pool. It's all very nice, but the food is disappointing for the most part. The fish was pretty lame and unfortunately deep fried....and was served with unexciting...
Les Bambous: Live Music in Bobo
Les Bambous is an open air place that has live performances most nights. The place is VERY dark, so much so that you might not be able to see what you are eating or drinking! There is a nice atmosphere here, only marred by the creepy guys who hang around preying on female...
Les Bambous: Great Outdoor Bar and Traditional Live Music
Les Bambous is a good place to listen to traditional music on any given night while sipping a drink. It's outdoors, so during the rainy season, the situation is variable, and obviously on the weekend, the bands are generally better. Locals will come and contribute to the...
Taxis seem to be so numerous at times in Bobo...then when you really need one, they're nowhere to be found. These guys are pretty honest from my experience, although some aren't very knowledgeable about certain places.
Onward Buses From Bobo
From Bobo, you might be headed by bus to Banfora, which is a short 1.5 hrs/1000CFA($2), or to Ouagadagou, a 5 hr trip at around 5000CFA($10). Buses vary in size, comfort, and price. In general, sevice and comfort beats the hell out of neighboring Ghana's jacked up transport...
These guys get you where you're going cheap and fast. Most are very nice, I never had a problem with any of them.
Grand Marche Tailors Corner: Custom Tailored Clothing in Bobo
Ready fit men's and women's clothing are a big part of the Grand Marche, but one can also select the fabric and have a custom tailored shirt done within a few hours. Belinda wanted a dress tailored, so our guide introduced us to a local tailor in a shop a couple blocks away...
Bobo-Dioulasso has some amazing shops to buy souvenirs. Although it was hard to find some souvenirs directly related to Bobo-Dioulasso I did find this dagger. Dealing with the sellers was also fun. Unlike most places in West Africa where the people selling stuff were...
French Fried Catapillers
I was nervous to try them, but once I did, I was sold. Africans love to eat what California farmers would spray with pesticides. The French fried catapillers are salty, having the crunch of a good snack, like pretzels or popcorn. Don't be afraid! Try them, you'll like them. I would avoid any uncooked sauces offered to go with them though for sanitary reasons only. To bad these aren't sold in the USA. They would be good with beer.
Written Mar 7, 2006
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- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
A Couple Outside Bobo Dioulasso
We passed the grounds of the new Burkina Faso University, which was still constructing roads and stringing power cables. Nearby we stopped to visit farmer buildings of a style I hadn't seen before. A middle aged couple lived and worked there. The man described how his father...
A Family Outside Bobo Dioulasso Invites Us In
At my urging, Mamoudou pulled the scooter off the trail to where we could stop and talk to a family. Several sisters were there doing errands. Their grandmother sat and pounded meal with a rock. Eventually, a mother and brother and many cousins came, and I took portraits of...
johnbradshawlayfield 116 reviews
Football is very poular in the world and in Burkina too, people are crazy behind the sport. Stade Minicipal de Bobo Dioulasso is the only football stadium in the city.
Written Feb 14, 2007
Well walking around the Kibidwe District I saw this thing and was wondering what it is. What I was told that it is for Voodoo beliefs (and if I remember correctly, it had to do with fertility. I was kinda surprised that Voodoo made it's way all the way up here.
The houses are constructed like everywhere, small inside and the major part with terraces on the high part.Las casas están construidas como en casi todos los lugares, pequeñas en su interior con terrazas en la parte superior.
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