In December 2007 and January 2008 I went with a friend to Burkina Faso, landing in Ouagadougou after a chaotic stopover in Libya where we met up with another friend living and working here. Burkina Faso is a land locked country in West Africa, geographically seen predominantly Sahel region except for the south being tropical. The Burkinabe are extremely friendly, their clothes colorful, men wear a bou-bou and ladies often have intricate hairdos. A Chritmas and New Year rather special!
Firstly we got some airy cool cotton trousers and shirts made-up at the local tailor.
Buy a fresh melon and some fresh (warm!) French bread and have look at the furniture shops.
La Cathédrale de l’Immaculée-Conception à Ouagadougou was built in around 1930 by French missionaries. The interior is so cool and remarkable for her simplicity. Special in the architectural style are the different heights of both towers and it’s one of the largest cathedrals in West Africa. In Burkina Faso the population is mostly Islamic, though approximately 15 – 20% are Catholic and 5% Protestant. None the less also several local beliefs and rituals are incorporated within the practiced religion.
For our Christmas we set of to the south of the country, near the Ghana border and the town of Pô to ‘Réserve de Nazinga‘. A small ranch with about 800 elephants, several bird species and other wildlife. It was simple but that also made it so much more endearing. In the morning we had to step over a huge elphant poo on the doorstep, christmas pressie? What’s more special to sit at the waterhole and watch elephants playing and giving each other a trunk-kiss. No white Christmas but a red dusty one on the roads here in a very pleasant temperature.
Our rooms on the game ranch.
Back to Pô and on to the very prettily decorated local Kurusi village of Tiébélé, the village has an own architecture style and the women decorate the houses. Tiébélé, also a village that practices traditional, animistic and voodoo rituals.
In ‘new’ Tiébélé you can buy a cool drink, have something to eat, find a guide or buy petrol by the liter.
On the road
Typical of the Sahel area of Africa.
In South Western Burkina Faso we stayed at Banfora, in a tropical garden “Hotel Canne à Sucre”. The Sunday market is exciting, colourful and just about everything including the kitchen sink can be bought there. Most enjoyable to wander around, look, enjoy and make contact with the Burkinabe’s. We also visited the unique and serene geological area Les Dômes de Fabédougou and took our seat in a natural jacuzzi beneath the Karfiguéla Waterfalls including a fantastic view over the sugarcane plantations.
During my wanderings I was invited into the local hairdressers. Most amusing, as within a few minutes I was proposed to by an enchanting man, in my best basic French I told him that I was not ‘amoureux’. I had no need to worry because within three days I would be ‘beaucoup de amour’ he ensured me. haha
The fiancé poses for the family 😉
Les Dômes de Fabédougou
Banfora road, Red dust and hot feet
Train station in Bobo Dioulasso – part of the route Ouagadougou – Abidjan (Ivory Coast). The architecture is of Neo-Sudanese style, built in 1934.