Burkina Faso Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by The_Capricorn
  • Things to Do
    by The_Capricorn
  • Things to Do
    by The_Capricorn

Burkina Faso Things to Do

  • Tiebele, decorated Kassena houses

    Tiébélé is situated in the heart of the Gourounsi country, Tiébélé is famous for its nicily painted kassena houses. The houses are built of local materials: earth, wood, straw and dung. The traditional windowless houses, the so-called sukhala, are built like a fortress. The front doors are very low. It keeps not only the sun out, but also makes it...

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  • Nazinga Ranch: elephants in Burkina Faso

    With 500-800 elephants you are almost sure to see elephants in Nazinga game Ranch of 97.000 hectare . Besides elephants the park has antelopes, monkeys, warthogs, crocodiles and birds. Best chance to see the elephants is during the dry season from January to end March. We visited the park end of February. Just after we arrived in the afternoon at...

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  • Gaoua, in the heart of the Lobi country

    Gaoua in southwestern Burkina Faso is a good base for exploring the Lobi country. To get the first introduction to Lobi culture and traditions you can visit the Musée de Poni in Gaoua. In front of the museum you you can enter a Lobi house and climb at the roof. Not far from the Lobi museum you have a nice viewpoint to overview Gaoua.Around Gaoua we...

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  • Sindou Peaks

    Sindou, meaning fantastic rock formations, is located in the southwest of Burkina Faso. The spectacular Sindou Peaks are among the most spectacular landscapes of Burkina Faso,The Sindou Peaks are a geological wonderland. The series of monumental rocks are sculpted in the long past by oceans and eroded by the beating of the rain and wind. The rocks...

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  • Banfora, sugarcane, falls and domes

    Banfora is situated in the middle of sugarcane fields. It's a green area with an escarpment, strange rock formations and waterfalls. Higlights to visit in the area around Banfora are the bulbous rocks of Domes de Fabedougou, the Karfiguela Falls with shady mangotrees and the Lac Tengrela with hippos. It is also worth to visit the women cooperation...

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  • Bobo-Dioulasso, the Grande Mosquée

    Bobo-Dioulasso, meaning 'the house of the Bobo and Dioula' is Burkina Faso’s second-largest city. Bobo with its old quarters, the lively big market and tree-lined streets is a nice place to be.. The Grande Mosquée built in 1893 in Sudanese mud architecture was for me one of the highlights of the city. The white structure with conical towers and its...

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  • Children of Burkina Faso

    When we crossed Burkina Faso in 1989 by truck, the children along the road were always very curious to look at us in the truck. They came running from their compounds to the track. A pity that it was not always easy to talk with them in french.

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  • Landscape with baobabs.

    In 1989 I crossed Burkina Faso from the south from Togo to the north to Mali. In the north of the country the landscape looked to have variation than in the south. I especially liked the baobabs along the road. For me the baobabs are the most fascinating trees of Africa.In 2013 I came back to Burkina Faso and dsicovered more fascinating landscapes...

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  • Compounds in the south

    On our way from Togo to Ouagadougou in 1989 we saw a lot small villages and compounds with round huts. When I was in Ghana I learned how cool the huts can be in this hot climate.First in 2013 when I visited the south east of Burkina Faso I had a lot of time to visit the villages.It was great with a local guide who knew the villages, the people and...

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  • Ouaga, watersupply

    In Sahelian countries like Burkina Faso water supply is very essential.In 1989 you could buy fresh water from watersellers at several places in Ouagadougou. Also we bought enough supply before we continue our route to the north of the country and to Mali.In 2013 there was bottled mineral water at every corner in every shop or bar in every town....

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  • Ouaga, the mosque

    At our walk through the town in 1989 we passed this mosque. It was at the time of calling for the prayers.One of the guardians Moussa beckoned us for a little talk an a picture.

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  • Ouaga, new buildings

    When I visited Ouaga in 1989 there were a lot of building activities downtown. They built huge buildings in a big contrast with the older parts of the centre.When I came back to Ouaga in 2013 I saw a lot more new huge buildings downtown. The citrycentre became a mixture of old and new.South of the citycentre is the new futuristic suburb called...

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  • Ouaga 1989, bicycle market.

    When I walked aorund in the citycentre of Ouaga I stumbled at the bicycle market. Incredible, I saw about 100 small workshops for the repair and sale of bikes. Never I saw at one place so many bikes together in Africa.When I came back to Ouaga in 2013 I still saw some bikes in the streets, but most people used mopeds. Ouaga turned into the city of...

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  • Ouaga 1989, transport of wood.

    Except water also wood is a very precious material in Burkina Faso.In everydays live it's necessary it is not only neccessary to collect enough water fro drinking, but also wood for cooking. In Ouaga you can see people transporting wood and selling wood too.

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  • Visit to Ouagadougou

    Ouagadougou is an easygoing city.The first time I visited Ouagadougou was in 1989. I walked around in the streets south of the big markets, chatted with local people, played table-footballl for 25 CFA with the boys, champions of the street. I had a lot of practice in table-football at the camping of my parents, but that was years ago. It was an...

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  • Loropeni Ruins

    In 2013 during my second visit to Burkina Faso I was able to visit the Loropeni Ruins which became the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of Burkina Faso in 2009. There is a small entrance fee and an additional fee for the use of a camera. A guide shows you around the complex. The Loropeni Ruins are among the most impressive surviving stone ruins in...

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  • Beurre de Karité

    The African butter tree (Vitellaria paradoxa - Butyrospermum parkii - Arbre de shea - Sheatree) bears fruit containing nuts. From their cores, a fat is obtained which is used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes: cooking, skin care, healing salve, religious anointings, soap, wood preservatives, etc. Last, in the production were...

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  • Koumi traditional village outside Bobo

    Koumi, a traditional village boasts a very distinctive character: the houses are built of layers of thick red earth rather than mud bricks. Being a tourist destination has its negative aspects as it has an "attitude" towards camera holders and must have guides!More on Koumi in my Bobo Dioulasso page

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  • Koro village near Bobo

    Just outside Bobo, Koro traditional village perched on a stub of granite, though touristy (by Burkina standards) offers a fine occassion to explore a living village and enjoy lovely views over the surrounding areaMore on Koro village in my Bobo page

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  • Bobo Dioulasso city

    Bobo Dioulasso (simply Bobo) Burkina's second biggest city is undoubtly much more charming than larger, busy and dusty Ouagadougou. It can be a great hang out within easy reach of various sights . A beautiful mosque, a charming old part and wide tree-laned streets make up a bit of the charm of this city. As it is considered Burkina's live-music...

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  • Tegrela lake near Banfora

    One of the most enjoyable natural spectacles during our trip in Burkina Faso, was Tengrela lake near Banfora. It is well known as a hippo lake as most visitors arrive here to watch hippos in their natural environment (from a far distance though as it is known that they cause more fatal accidents to humans than any other wild animal). The lake has...

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  • Pics de Sindou

    A dusty pumpy road, painfully 50kms from Banfora, leads you to another geological spectacle: the Pics of Sindou. It's a 3km long chain of sculpted sandstone rocks fromatted by pre-existing ocean, wind and rain, lovely to wander around (guided of course) and mostly appreciated if you have the time at around sunset. More on Pics de Sindou in my...

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  • Loropeni ruins on the way from Gaoua to...

    It's hard to find stone ruins surving in West Africa and Loropeni situated in the midway between Gaoua and Banfora is still a mistery about its origin and its use. Impressive in its scale with large walls still standing, unless you speak french to take advantage of the guiding tour by a student of archaeology, you are more or less not that much...

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  • Domes de Fabedougou

    If Bungle Bungles in western Australia draws hordes of tourists, this geologically identical rock formations can offer you the pleasure to roam around them totally on your own.Formated back 1.8 billion years when the area was covered in water through a process of wind and fractures, the Domes de Fabedougou are certainly a charming area to enjoy the...

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  • Karfiguela waterfalls near to Banfora

    Just a short drive from the city of Banfora you can visit the waterfalls of Karfiguela. The main cascade might look unimpressive during the dry season but a short walk up the cascade can lead you a number of other smaller falls which do look more charming. The views over the surrounding area are very nice. Suggested time to visit them is just...

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  • Safari in the south

    Burkina is not a destination aimed for the safari enthusiasts. There are national parks , mainly in the south and south east (bordering neighbouring countries). In our case we spent few hours touring around Nazinga Park (next to Ghana borders). Elephants, antilopes and rarely seen buffalos are the predominant animals (but not lions or other...

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  • Gourounsi architecture in Tiebele

    Tiebele is a village near to Ghanian border, which though touristy (meaning guides and touts) is highly recommended for a visit for the typical Gourounsi architecture. In fact its beauty lies in the painted homes making it one of the most fascinating villages that we visited.For more on Tiebele visit my Province du Naouri page.

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  • Gaoua

    Gaoua lying in south west from Ouaga is the capital of Lobi Country, full of local traditions. Though non touristy, its compact scale makes an excellent ocassion to walk and soak up the local atmosphere. The must to see sight is the small but lovelt Musee de PoniFor more details on Gaoua, visit my Gaoua page

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  • Burkina on the map

    Burkina is a landlocked country in West Africa. The main tourist regions are:North with Gorom-Gorm and the Sahel (for Saharan taste)South around Po with Tiebele (Gourounsi architecture) and Nazinga RanchSouth West with numerous sites like Lobi tradition in Gaoua, natural sights around Banfora and charming Bobo Dioulasso

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  • Gaoua's Lobi Country

    See my Gaoua pages for this adventure, which is not without it's challenges logistically and culturally. The town is tucked down in a corner near the Ivory Coast and Ghana borders. The villages require a guide to be found and seen, as the Lobi people are more reclusive and reluctant to pose for the camera. The Lobi cultural practices are alive and...

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  • Bobo-Dioulasso is the second city in...

    I actually found Bobo-Dioulasso more interesting than Ouaga, the capital. It's large enough for continuous entertainment, but not a constant traffic jam. Bobo-Dioulasso has lots of trees in the city center, Ouaga doesn't. If you travel to Burkina Faso, you'll probably visit both cities. When in Bobo-Dioulasso, walk around the city center shopping...

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  • Banfora Lake and Waterfalls

    Outside Bobo is a lake with hippos and an rocky outcrop with a small river and waterfall. Motorscooters are easy to rent and ride out to the protected lake. At that point one must hire a boat for seeing the hippos. I recommend having a guide for a day trip from Bobo, but it's not absolutely necessary. Check out my Banfora page for more images and...

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  • Banfora - Gaoua road: Sideradougou

    This was one of those things that make a trip special and that without a guide to help with the language, it just won't happen. Whilst passing the village of Sideradougou I noticed on my right a green field. This being so unusual in these parched surroundings I asked my guide to stop. The field in fact was an allotment run by the womens cooperative...

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  • Tiebelé - inside a house

    Inside you can see nothing. How they find their way around beats me. The only natural light is from a hole above the cooking area for the smoke to rise. Here as in the Lobi country, the more jars and calebasses that a woman has denotes her relative fortune.

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  • Tiebelé - the painted village

    Although this is probably one of the most visited places in Burkina Faso, I was a little bit disappointed. Not with the place itself, but this is about the only place in Africa that I have felt like the proverbial cow waiting to be milked. Fortunately my guide/driver knows the place quite well and had warned me beforehand. I know full well that...

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  • Gaoua - Visit Doudou

    About 14 kms. from Gaoua is a small village called Doudou. Every 5 days there is a market where the speciality is gold. In Lobi country it is only the women who are allowed to mine for the gold, but on the other hand are not allowed to wear it. The money made goes to buy the pots; jars and vases that make the earthly fortune of the women. You have...

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  • Gaoua - the museum

    Even if you are only passing through here, you must visit the museum. A little bit expensive at 2000 cfa each but when Marie-Claire explains all about the Lobi people: their rituals, the way of life, the way the houses are done on the inside, the polygamy, the sacrifices. This added to the wonderful photos inside gives you ,perhaps only a small...

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  • Banfora - Gaoua road: Obiré

    The village of Obiré is about 25 kms. back on yourself by a very bad track. To me, after having done it, I would say that it is not really worth the hassle, unless you want to meet a real, live KING. There are the mausoleums of the ex-kings to visit, but these are now only inhabited by some emblematic icones. The meeting with the king follows a...

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  • Banfora - Gaoua road: Loropeni ruins

    This is a short visit just off the road in Loropeni to visit the ruins. As always the guide is obligatory. Ask for Yvonne. She knows what she is talking about and on top of that is a lovely, friendly girl. At the moment , the origin of the ruins is a mystery. Perhaps a way-station for slaves on the way to the coast? Nobody really knows.Objects...

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  • Banfora - Pics de Sindou

    A further 40 km. further on from the lake, you can also visit the "Pics de Sindou". This is a vast plateau surrounded by rocks like saw teeth. It is also a sacred place for the local Senoufo people. A guide is absolutely necessary to fully understand the meaning of this place to the people. It costs 1000 cfa for the guided visit. A very do-able...

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  • Banfora- Lac de Tengrela

    This is also known as the Hippos lake. In the lake are about 30 specimens, reachable with a pirogue, that you hire with a piroguier once at the lake. These guys know just how close you can get to them without problems. A lot depends on the weather as to how close you can get. If the water is choppy then the piroguier will not take the risk of...

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  • Banfora- The Karfiguela waterfall

    Obviously these falls are no rivals to Niagara or Victoria but in their own way bring life to this barren and parched part of the world. A restful walk through a long avenue of trees in the shade before the climb up to the falls. There are 3 distinct parts to these falls. on the 2 lower parts there are places you can swim, no problems with catching...

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  • Banfora- visit the "Domes de Fabédougou"

    A short way out from Banfora are the Domes. Although there is a place where you pay for the visit (1000 cfa) this is a self-exploratary visit. A fair bit of climbing to do so good shoes are recommended. Some lovely views to be had. I thought these domes were similar in aspect to the "Hogons" in Mystery valley- Monument Valley Arizona.A guide with...

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  • Bobo Dioulasso-visit the old town

    Nice walking tour around the old part of Bobo, especially the animist quarter. You have to take a guide, 1000 cfa, from just across from the old mosque. Around 1 hour for the tour. Very quaint surroundings and things to see.

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  • Rural Dancing

    The people of Burkina Faso are generally very hospitable. If you visit a Rural community you may be treated to the local tribal dancers. These are colourfull, energetic and, considering the instruments are traditional, very loud. Everything is very enthusiastic. Normally, the dances have some kind of significance (this may be a simple thank you or...

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Burkina Faso Hotels

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    Satisfaction: Very Good

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  • Hotel les Palmiers

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    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

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