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Touristic Hot Spots in Burkina Faso

An April 2003 trip to Burkina Faso by ezrab

Pama Reserve Photo, Burkina Faso, Africa More Photos
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Touristic Hot Spots in Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. However, despite their harsh living conditions, its inhabitants are always friendly. The country has a rich cultural past, and between the overgrazed lands, you can find some beautiful natural reserves as well.

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Hotel de Brousse La Kompienga

Hotel | "Hotel Brousse de la Kompienga"

Hotel de Brousse La Kompienga Photo, Burkina Faso, Africa
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When visiting the region of Pama and Kompienga, your best choice of sleeping is the Hotel Brousse de la Kompienga. It offers clean and comfortable bungalows (4-6 persons). It has a nice swimming pool and an excellent restaurant.

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Hotel de Brousse La Kompienga
Near the White River
Kompienga

Pama Reserve

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Attraction | "Singou and Pama Reserves"

Pama Reserve Photo, Burkina Faso, Africa
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Burkina Faso is one of the few countries in the world that sets fire to its own national parks. The practice is done to burn the older leaves on plants and trees and to burn the tall grasses. After the fires, most of the plants experience a fast growth of young new leaves, good food for grazing animals. In a farmer setting, this produces large amounts of feeding for cattle. However, in a national park, this practice seems of little use. It is done primarily for hunters' pleasure. The burning provides better views for the hunters and thus makes it easier to kill the animals. And as a hunter pays for every animal it kills, the operators of the parks have a good incentive to continue burning. I vi...Read More

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Pama Reserve
Kompienga Province
Burkina Faso

Nazinga Game Rerserve

Attraction | "Nazinga Reserve"

Nazinga Game Rerserve Photo, Burkina Faso, Africa
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Fortunately, Nazinga reserve, near Pô and the border of Ghana, does offer good safari vision opportunities. Burning is done in this reserve as well, but in a much more restricted way. Large parts of the reserve are left dense for the elephants' pleasure. During my visit to this reserve, I had the pleasant opportunity to encounter two large troops of elephants. In addition, the campement is constructed near a little pool, where elephants come drinking, swimming, and playing regularly. The campement itself offers basic accommodation, and the restaurant serves very good food.

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Nazinga Game Rerserve
South of Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso

Manega Museum

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Manega museum Photo, Burkina Faso, Africa
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Fifty kilometres north of the capital on the road to Kongoussi lies the village of Manega. The village accommodates a surprising museum on the traditional culture of Burkina Faso. It contains a beautiful collection of, among others, masks and musical instruments. A guide will provide a tour, which starts in a little hall where the legend of Princess Yennega is depicted with little statues. Afterwards, halls can be visited where various rites of funerals and festivities are explained. Finally, the tour ends in a garden where a number of traditional houses are built. In the vicinity, some large modern art forms decorate the landscape. Among them is a giant man with stick made entirely of iron.

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Musee de la Musique

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This museum exhibits a variety of traditional musical instruments in Burkina. However, some of the instruments have become extinct in traditional life. A guide will give a marvellous tour through the museum.

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Musee de la Musique
Avenue D´Oubritenga
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

National Museum (Musée National)

Attraction | "Musee Nationale"

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During my visit the national museum was closed due to (the official explanation) the rearranging of the collection of masks. In the meanwhile a hot national item was the construction of the new site of the national museum in the far east of the town at the end of the boulevard Charles de Gaulle. It should open at the end of 2003 but, except for some traditional houses, construction has not started yet.

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National Museum (Musée National)
Avenue Du Musée National
Ouagadougou

Shopping for souvenirs in Ouagadougou

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The capital is a great place for shopping of crafts and souvenirs; however, in late May, the Grand Marché was devastated by fire and is now closed indefinitely. Talks are underway to move the market temporarily to an area between the Pissy and Ouaga 2000 neighbourhoods. In the meanwhile, the city council searches for funds with donor countries for the reconstruction of the Grand Marché. Thus, for souvenirs, one should try several other places. In the southeast of the city, in addition the SIAO-compounds, one finds the ´Village Artisinale´. In this center, one can by almost anything from bronze statues to hand woven shawls, and from balofons (xylophones produced with calabashes) and djemb...Read More

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Laongo

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Laongo Photo, Burkina Faso, Africa
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Some 30 kilometres east of Ouagadougou, one can find the village of Laongo, which harbours a garden with modern sculptures in granite. It is found by taking the route to Fada N´Gourma and turning left after 30km, taking the dust route to Ziniare. The sculptures are found after a few kilometres. It was started in the early 1990s at the site that naturally contains large granite rocks. Every few years or so, new artists from around the world are invited to add new sculptures. The result is remarkable variety of different statues in a natural setting.

Gorom Gorom

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Gorom Gorom is one of the most northern cities of Burkina Faso and lies on the edge of the Sahara -- that edge is moving southwards continuously. Two busses visit Gorom Gorom daily from Ouagadougou, but the town feels like being on the edge of the world. One a week, on Thursday, there is a busy market, which is visited by everyone from the region, and even by people from Mali. Mo From the campement, you can organise a tour on a camel. These tours are organised by the ´association des guides de l´Oudalan´. This organisation seems to consist of three young men who will track you down as soon as one arrives in Gorom. They offer the three-hour tours for a price that is fixed at 15.000 CFA per camel, wh...Read More

Tiébélé

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Tiebele Photo, Burkina Faso, Africa
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Near Po and the Nazinge Reserve is the village of Tiébélé. According to its inhabitants, it’s one of the last villages built in the traditional Gourounsi. To visit the houses, a guide is obligatory, but don’t worry, they will find you before you even started searching. But the guide who accompanied me was worth the money. After a tour, which will guide you through a maze of little beautiful houses, you will discover a little souvenir market at the exit.

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ezrab

ezrab
Amstelveen, Netherlands

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