Ouagadougou Travel Guide

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Ouagadougou Highlights

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     A rest between days in the bush... 

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     My stay was too short. 

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     New friends in new places 

Ouagadougou Things to Do

  • Fespaco, famous biennial filmfestival in...

    Ouagadougou is the undisputed capital of the African cinema. Every two year Ouaga hosts the international Fespaco festival end of February or early March. When we came back from our trip in 2013 the festival just started. We did not visit the festival, because we ran out of time and don´t understand French that well to fully enjoy the films. We saw...

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  • Ouaga Musée National du Burkina Faso

    The national museum is located in a huge fenced area with many buildings in African style. When we visited in 2013 the area was still under construction. We could only visist a hall with masks from all over the country. We got an comprehensive explanation of a guide of the museum.Other interesting items of the museum must be ancestral statues and...

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  • Kokologo, the Mossi Chief's palace

    Not far from Ouagadougou is the Mossi village Kokologo. We visited Kokologo in a day trip in combination with the holy crocodile lake Bazoulé. . The Mossi chief's palace is built in 1942 by the Mossi king, Naba Boulga. It is an impressive example of Sudanse architecture. After Naba Boulga his son Naba Kaongo lived in the palace. When we visited we...

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  • Laongo: Opera Village of Christoph...

    Except the great sculpture park, started in 1989, there happens a lot more in and around Laongo. We talk about the so called Opera Village, the combination of a concerthall, a cultural studycentre, a school, a hospital and accommodation for artists and visitors. This is the dream and brainchild of Christoph Schlingensief, a German opera, theatre...

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  • Laongo, outdoor gallery of rock...

    In almost the middle of nowhere you will find a sculpture park. The area has a rich outcrop of granite, varying from grey to pink. The Ministry of Culture got the idea of inviting Burkinabé and international sculptors to meet here and carve the rocks. This remarkable outdoor gallery of rock sculptures started in 1989. The first year 18 sculptors...

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  • Bazoulé, sacred crocodiles

    Not far from Ouagadougou are some sacred lakes with crocodiles. We visited Bazoulé in a day trip in combination with the Mossi Kings palace in Kokologo 20 km more west. . At the entrance of the site is a colourfully painted artisanal centre with weavers, wood and bronze workers. Before we visited the crocodiles we took our picknick lunch in the...

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  • Christoph Schlingensief's Opera Village

    The Government of Burkina Faso has provided 14 acres of land for the realization of the opera village. The dream of Christoph Schlingensief (http://www.schlingensief.com) became true on 08.02.2010, the day of laying of the foundation stone. The architect of the project is Dièbèdo Francis Kèrè. He is an architect and development activists from...

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  • Day trip to the King's Palace in...

    In the center of the Mossi village Kokologo King (Naaba) built in 1942 his clay-palace . It is a archetype and masterpiece of clay architecture .The palace is surrounded by the farmsteads The rural architecture of the 'huts' are mud bricks covered by thatched roofs.Unfortunately, a audience with the King was not possible as he had to suicide a...

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  • A day trip to the Sacred Crocodiles of...

    Crocodiles in the wildlife of Burkina you can see on many other places. We took the opportunity to see the sacred crocodiles in Bazoulé as the place is near to Ouagadougou and can be made easily on a day trip in combination with Kokologo - The King's Palace witch is just 20km far westerly.Hey, you can come really close to the crocodiles, you can...

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  • Are you a Sculptor - Create your own...

    32 km north-east of Ouaga you can find exceptional arts by both Burkinabe and international artists from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, opened in 1989. Artists from all over the world get invited to join the yearly to create a piece of art from their choice of granite boulders that occur naturally in the area.Take a guided tour to get the...

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  • A POOL WITH A BAR !!!

    OH YES !Africa can be hot. Ouagadougou can be blistering. To be able to combine a nice swimming pool, great food and ice cold beer - absolute heaven! The great folks at the New Monopole will make sure the only warm thing you will receive here is your welcome. The rest is all cold, hot or cool. The pool is great for families. It has a children’s...

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  • Things to do

    There is not much to see here in Ouaga. 'Musee nationale de Burkina Faso' is where you can see the Burkina history, ' Musee national de musique afrique' is the place where you can learn about african music. 'Place de la Revolution' is another good place. Also ' Place des nations Unies'

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Ouagadougou Hotels

Ouagadougou Restaurants

  • Check out Le Foyer!

    "Le Foyer, the ‘new’ restaurant of the ATB (Atelier Théâtre Burkinabé), is one of my favorite places in Ouagadougou. It is located in Gounghin (south-west of the city center), next to the route to Bobo-Dioulasso and next to the Gare de TSR. Mien de Graeve, the owner, took over the restaurant in September 2013 and has revitalized it entirely. The...

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  • Best Food in Ouaga

    Great food and has been rarely a crowd on multiple visits. Spice and heat can be tailored to your liking, and we had mild thru hot. Ambiance is good with ample indoor and outdoor patio/grass seating. Air conditioning inside. French, English and Indian spoken.Namastaeindia.com We had chicken curries, mutton/lamb curries, tandorees and all were...

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  • Budget food.

    Strange place in the centre, not far from the market.Local music.Seems to be the meeting point of young ?Rasta? of the city.Funny and friendly atmosphere.Basic food, cold beer.Less expensive than average.

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  • Awesome Ivoirian Food in Ouaga

    Excellent food of the Ivory Coast prepared and served by native Ivoirians. I highly recommend this place for the delicious dishes and upbeat staff, who seem to be very happy to see you. One interesting note: Jacques Chirac ate here, as evidence by proudly displayed photos. I'm sure he enjoyed it as much as I did. The fish with peppers and...

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  • restaurant spectacle

    The " gigot à la ficelle" is un super restaurant, situated in front of the artisanal village (Siao).very beautiful frame, very good reception and service by waitresses and waiters on rollers, please !The gigot à la ficelle, the speciality, (lamb of mutton) is completely exceptional.A convivial atmosphere every evening, with a little group of music,...

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  • Bar-Restaurant-Gallery

    Great envoirment, good service, nice food, reasonable price. We had a dinner for 9 people, it costed 83000 CFA (around USD 170). It's also a gallery, almost everything you see in the restaurant, you can purchase it if you like, the chair you are sitting, the painting on the wall, all the decoration......I bought five 12-inch african-style...

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  • A Chinese in Ouaga.

    We had to meet a friend from Brussels who is working in Ouaga as a teacher.She had one wish: go and eat in a Chinese restaurant? Why not!A good place actually.Changes a bit.Good value for money.Around 9000CFA (14?) per person.

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  • A great place...

    The most expensive restaurant in Ouaga? but it?s sooooooo good after 2 weeks in the bush!Managed by a French.Very good African food, sometimes original.Warm welcoming.Very beautiful place: the owner?s parents have a famous antiques shop in the city (see shoping tips).Count around 12000CFA (17?) per person all included. Everything is good.Book in...

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  • Local pizzeria.

    A kind of pizzeria not very far from the market.Also good local food.Lots of tourists.Around 7500 CFA (12?) per person. About average for a tourist. Fish "brochettes".

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Ouagadougou Nightlife

  • Live music and food

    Zaka is in the middle of the lively citycentre with marketstalls and mopeds, but when you enter the courtyard built in traditional Mossi style you are in another world. Zaka is a nice place to enjoy life music while having dinner. It seemed to be already a favourite place for travellers in the past. When we visited Zaka at our first evening in...

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  • COOL FOR CATS

    This restaurant and bar is an excellent place to sit outside and watch the main street in Ouagadougou. They have nice white linen tablecloths, excellent waitresses, a good menu and cold beers. They even have take-away pizzas you can phone ahead for. I just stopped by for a drink, but had a nice beer and watched the city go by slowly. That's...

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Ouagadougou Transportation

  • Discover Burkina Faso by car

    Before making our trip to Burkina Faso, we have rent a villa in Ouagadougou (The villa names Villa "LaTranquillité" in the secteur 28). The villa also rent out air-conditioned cars (4x4 with 7 sits) for only 45000 F CFA (69€) for our trips outside of Ouagadougou.Its very important to have air-conditioned car in Burina Faso. It´s a very hot...

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  • Rent a car (4x4) for your trips in...

    Burkina Faso is a very nice country, but not all roads are tarmacked (bituminized). So that it is very difficult to move without vehicle adapted to conditions.Before leaving for Burkina Faso we have already reserved a villa in Ouagadougou (The villa names "LaTranquillité"). The villa also rents air-conditioned vehicles 4x4 for only 45 000-fr CFA...

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  • Travel with your own car in Burkina Faso

    Before making our trip to Burkina Faso, we have rent a villa in Ouagadougou (The villa names Villa "LaTranquillité" in the sector 28). The villa also rent out air-conditioned cars (4x4 with 7 sits) for only 45000 F CFA (69€) for our trips outside of Ouagadougou.Its very important to have air-conditioned car in Burina Faso. It´s a very hot...

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Ouagadougou Shopping

  • More than 300 artists and craftsmen

    The first morning in Ouaga we visited the Village Artisanal de Ouaga. It is a government-run cooperative with more than 300 artists and master craftsmen. A stroll around the workshops can take some hours to see all the different products and the artisans making it. But luckily you can walk in the shade of the porches along the workshops and shops....

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  • Workshops and fixed prices

    The first day in Ouaga we visited the Centre National d'Artisanat d'Art in the citycentre. The visist gave us a nice overview of the local handicrafts and the prices. The prices are fixed and the profits go directly to the artisan. In the workshops you can see how the batiks, wooden sculptures and bronze statues are made. People are friendly and...

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  • Antiques, art and crafts

    Worth a visit!A villa, not too far from the centre.In the garden, in a kind of shed and in a small building: a capharnaum of African antiques (real ones and copies), arts and crafts.They can send what you buy at your address at a reasonable price if you are not in a hurry: it took 2 months to arrive at Othe.The Lafon family has a good reputation...

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Ouagadougou Local Customs

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    by DAO Written Oct 1, 2012


    The currency of Burkina Faso is the West African CFA Franc. You may see it written as "F CFA" and you will hear it pronounced "see-fuh" or "see-fah". Officially it is the Communaute Financiere Africaine (CFA) Franc issued by the Central Bank of the States of West Africa (BCEAO). If you are looking for the exchange rates for their currency you will need to look for the symbol “XOF”. The 8 countries that use this same currency make up the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and they are:
    Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sénégal and Togo.

    The denominations are:
    Coins 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 250, 500 francs
    Banknotes 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 francs

    Originally this currency was aligned with a parity value to the Euro – but this has slipped quite a bit. It is, however, externally convertibility as it is guaranteed by the French Treasury.

    A few words of caution:
    There is another CFA – issued by the Central Bank of the States of West Africa (BCEAO). It is called the Central African CFA Franc and you will see it listed as “XAF” in exchange rates. Theoretically they are exactly the same value, but the notes and coins are different. Don’t take Central African CFA from anyone. Also do not try and take any CFA home with you for exchange. Outside of Paris you may find it virtually impossible to exchange back.

    Don’t expect to see to many 1 and 5 CFA coins. The 50-500 range of coins are extremely useful, especially when you haggle for prices. Try to only have 1000 and 2000 notes. 10,000 notes (about 15 Euro, $20) are a nightmare to get rid of.

    Old notes that are falling to bits can still be used and people will accept them.
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Ouagadougou Warnings and Dangers

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    Lake in Ouaga.

    by F_Meignant Written Mar 5, 2004

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    We only spent a short time in Ouaga so, we had not the time to visit this big lake close to the city.
    It seems to be a nice place for bird watching.

    Unfortunately, it also brings a lot of mosquitoes. Don?t forget anti-malaria!

    Also, never drink tap water in Ouaga: it comes from here.

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