Burkina Faso - The Land of Honourable Men

Burkina Faso - The Land of Honourable Men

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 9 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Day 1 – Ouagadougou

Arrive in Ouagadougou, the lively capital of Burkina Faso. Overnight at Hotel le Grand Calao or similar (B)

Day 2- Kassena region - Po (150 km approx. 3 hours)

We begin the day with a city tour of Ouagadougou taking in the noises, smells and colours of the streets. The suburbs are home to a number of craftsmen and it is a great opportunity to appreciate their skills. In the afternoon we head south from Ouaga to the Kassena region and Po. Overnight at Hotel Envol or similar basic standard (BLD)

Day 3- Po to Leo (190 km approx. 4 hours)

We drive from Po to Leo, passing villages which are home to the Kassena people, who are famous for their beautifully painted houses. Their society is divided along lines of gender; the men are responsible for construction and build the houses, and the women then take over and paint the intricate and colourful frescoes. Overnight at Hotel Auberge de la Sissili or similar. (BLD) 

Day 4- Leo to Gaoua (250 km, approx. 5 hours)

We drive through a remote region, inhabited by the Dagarti people, which see few tourists. They have always kept strong ties to the invisible world of Spirits, represented by fetishes, shrines and sacred sites. They build fortified houses to protect their family as well as all their belongings. In the afternoon we visit some of the villages of the Lobi people. They are a shy and secretive tribe but with the help of local guides we will visit their fortress style houses dotted around this region. The men still move around armed with bows and arrows and the older women often wear a small disc in their lower lip. Overnight at Hotel Hala or similar (BLD)

Day 5 – Gaoua – Loropeni - Gaoua (150km, approx. 4 hours).

Continue exploring the region around Gaoua, including the mysterious ruins at Loropeni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We may encounter communities of gold miners along the way to the village of Obire with its tombs of previous kings. This is home to the Gan Dynasty and you may be lucky and meet the chief. The Gan live in polygamous groups with their homes built around a courtyard- the man lives in a rectangular hut, and each of his wives in her own circular house. Overnight at Hotel Hala or similar (BLD)

Day 6 – Gaoua - Banfora (220km, approx. 6 hours)

En route to Banfora we will likely meet communities of gold miners. We end our day with a cruise on the Tengrela Lake where we may see hippos. The area is calm, pretty, and very green despite the arid savannah surrounding it. Overnight at Hotel Canne a Sucre or similar (BLD)

Day 7 - Banfora to Bobo Dioulasso (150 kms, approx. 3 hours)

We drive to Burkina’s second city, Bobo Dioulasso. Visit the old quarter of the city, dating back many centuries and with separate quarters for the different religions, such as Moslems and Animists, which live here. Bobo’s most famous landmark, and one of the most impressive in West Africa, is its Grand Mosque, a whitewashed mud built building with the typical logs jutting out at all angles from the walls. You will have some leisure time to visit some of the antique shops offering wonderful wooden tribal masks in a variety of diverse shapes and designs. Overnight at L’Auberge or similar (BLD) 

Day 8 – Bobo – Bwa Masks – Ouaga (360km, approx. 6 hours)

We will leave early in the morning for our return to Ouaga. On the way we will stop at a small village where we will experience one of the famous dances of the Bobo-Bwa masks. At more than two meters high, the "flat masks" of the Bobo-Bwa have white black and red geometric designs and are among the most spectacular in Burkina Faso. We will arrive in Ouagadougou this afternoon. Overnight at Hotel Le Grand Calao or similar (BLD)

Day 9 – Ouaga – Manega - Ouaga (130km, approx. 3 hours)

This morning visit Manega Museum, one of the best museums in West Africa. Eastablished by the lawyer-poet Frederic Pacere Titinga, which specialises in the arts and musical instruments of Burkina Faso. You have time at leisure until your transfer to the airport in the evening. Rooms are available to use until 1800 when we transfer to the airport (BL)

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