Bobo-Dioulasso Travel Guide

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Bobo-Dioulasso Things to Do

  • Grande mosquée, visit of the interior

    It is posslbie to visit the interior of the mosque for an entrance fee of 1.000CFA. The son of the imam showed us around. We could also climb to the rooftop. For me it was the first time to be allowed and enter a mosque made of mud from the inside. In the main part of the mosque are corridors and huge columns. This is the praying section of the...

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  • Grande mosquée, Sudanese mud...

    One of the highlights of Bobo is the Grande Mosquée built in 1893. It is an outstanding example of Sudanese mud architecture. The white structure with conical towers and its dark wooden sticks looks spectaculair. First in Bobo I found out that those sticks are for replastering and not only a part of the construction. This old mosque of Bobo is the...

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  • A private museum gives insight into...

    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, but it's always worth for a stop.Not far a way is a restaurant, where cold...

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  • 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 than they can be easily caught and get out by hand trough the small opening at...

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  • 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 two praying sections - one for men, the other for women. The men section is...

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  • Grand Marche

    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 claustrophobic and less jam packed as others in West Africa.

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  • 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. Scattered about are sites where animal scarifices take place, as evidence by the...

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  • Day Trip to Banfora

    From Bobo it's easy to catch a bus for Banfora in the morning and then return in the early evening. Banfora has a number of must see attractions, including the town itself, Karfiguela Falls, and Lake Tengrela, where hippos can be observed.

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  • Kibidwe District

    This old part of town should be an embarassment for the government due to it's terribly poor sanitation, but it is the historical center. Here drinking water, laundry, and garbage are all within a few feet of the other. When the Bobo tribes established the city as a neutral ground for trade and this neighborhood was formed before the French arrived...

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  • People Watching in Bobo

    I provide here a few more portraits of the interesting people found on the streets of Bobo Dioulasso.

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  • Kibidwe District People

    The architecture is rather bland, so the street activity is often the greater interest. The ordinary daily lives of Kibidwe is what interests tourists most.

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  • Grand Marche

    Because of it's central location at the cross roads of numerous tribes, Bobo Dioulasso's Grand Marche has a great selection of tribal arts not only from Burkina Faso, but from all across West Africa. In the streets outside the market are also a number of such tribal art vendors. Within the market, one can browse the frabrics, motor parts, cooking...

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Bobo-Dioulasso Restaurants

  • maquis

    maquis restaurant every day 08 heures à 24 heures. d’animation musicale et gastronomie Africaine et Européenne.

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  • 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 french fries. The only thing tasty was the avocado appetizer. Not worth the...

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  • Worst Meal I Had In Africa

    This open air place looked nice enough, so I sat down and ordered a selection called " Grilled chicken with vegetables". When it arrived what I saw was a bunch of gristle and bone and no vegetables whatsoever. After a few minutes of desperately tring to pick tiny slivers of meat off of some of the bones, I gave up and told the waitress that I was...

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Bobo-Dioulasso Nightlife

  • 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 tourists. If you wan't live local music....this is your joint. Casual....so...

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  • Great Outdoor Bar and Traditional Live...

    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 excitement. Sorry I don't have any still images to show. We took video and I...

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Bobo-Dioulasso Transportation

  • Taxis

    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.

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  • 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 system. On some of the smaller buses, big bags are tied up on top instead...

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  • Moto Taxis

    These guys get you where you're going cheap and fast. Most are very nice, I never had a problem with any of them.

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Bobo-Dioulasso Shopping

  • 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 that carefully fitted her and considered her fashion demands. The work was...

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  • Souvenirs

    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 annoying, these were quite nice. I could stay there for the better part of a day...

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  • Walking on the street

    You will be able to buy a lot of things in the streets, food, wood, species, etc... As always women are in charge of the commercial dutiesPodrás encontrar todo tipo de puestos callejeros donde comprar frutas, maderas, especias, etc.... Como siempre las mujeres se encargan de las gestiones comerciales.

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Bobo-Dioulasso Local Customs

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    by atufft Written Mar 7, 2006

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    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.

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Bobo-Dioulasso Off The Beaten Path

  • 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 fought in WWI, and how the couple had lost their children. It was a sad...

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  • A Family Outside Bobo Dioulasso Invites...

    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 them all. Some of these images are posted elsewhere. The younger women had...

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  • Beyond Koumi

    My guide drove the scooter off the road near Koumi and onto a bumpy little foot trail that looped through the countryside and around past a preserve of sorts where a river flowed through. Mostly, I enjoyed the rural agriculture in progress. In the next tip, I'll show some images of a particular family that welcomed us to visit their home.

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Bobo-Dioulasso Sports & Outdoors

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    by johnbradshawlayfield Written Feb 14, 2007

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    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.

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  • Voodoo

    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.

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  • Houses structure

    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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