The Grand Tour of Burkina Faso

The Grand Tour of Burkina Faso, 7 days

Burkina Faso, home to countless tribes and language groups, is one of Africa's richest in culture and nature. Some of the friendliest people in West Africa live in this landlocked country, where you will find great hospitality, magnificent architecture in Bobo-Dioulasso and Tiébélé, Lobi culture in Diébougou and Gaoua, and spectacular natural wonders in the Banfora region. On this seven-day tour, you will see and experience almost everything there is to see and experience in this relatively unknown African country. The tour is organised with safety in mind and with your own expert guide.

Day 1

Arrival in the capital, Ouagadougou, whose name tastes particularly good to many foreigners. Ouagadougou is located in central Burkina Faso and has a population of around 2.5 million. We will transfer you to your hotel and, depending on your arrival time, we can either take you on a city tour or at least pop in for an evening of live music or otherwise enjoy a drink in the evening in Ouagadougou.

Day 2

Your guide will pick you up after breakfast at your hotel, after which we head to Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso's second largest city. The city is about 360 kilometres away, a drive of just over five hours. Often known simply as "Bobo", the town is a major centre of the textile industry and has also gained a reputation as a cultural city with its various festivals. Bobo is also home to around one million inhabitants, most of whom belong to the Bobo ethnic group.

The atmosphere in Bobo-Dioulasso is relaxed and there is plenty to see. We visit the city museum to learn about Bobo culture. For example, we will see the home of a Bobo family, which are often still inhabited by ordinary people outside the city. The main attraction is the 19th century Grand Mosque, also known as the Dioulassoba Mosque. Built of mud and wood, it is an excellent example of the architectural tradition of the Sahel region. We enter the obscure mosque, which is still in active use.

The small old town of Kibidwe in Bobo-Dioulasso is located immediately next to the Grand Mosque. Kibidwe is divided into four parts, quarters, based on their inhabitants. Visiting the Animist, Muslim, Griot and Blacksmith quarters, we see that the old town is like a living museum, as all the houses are still inhabited. Even in the oldest house, which dates back to the 1000s. We stay overnight in Bobo-Dioulasso.

Day 3

After breakfast, we drive just under two hours to Banfora, home to just over 100 000 people. The city is powered by the sugar cane industry and we see a large number of sugar cane fields on the outskirts of Banfora.

Banfora usually attracts all travellers to Burkina Faso, as there are many interesting things to see in the surrounding area. We will visit Lake Tengrela, home to hippos. We will take a boat trip on the lake. Seeing hippos depends largely on the time of year, with less chance of seeing them during the rainy season, for example. We visit the nearby village of Toumousseni to see the sacred baobab tree. To the west of Banfora is the Karfiguéla waterfall, which we visit, as well as the Fabedougou rock formations, which are around two million years old. We stay overnight in Banfora.

Day 4

After breakfast, we drive 220 kilometres and just over four hours to Diébougou, where we will discover the culture of the local Lobi people. The people are particularly known for their animistic lifestyle, which is still practised by a large number of Lobos. The area is also home to the Dagara people, whose traditional house we will visit. In the Diébougou region, gold mining is practised and we will visit a gold village.

Diébougou is just an hour's drive from Gaoua, the "capital of the Lobi". We will visit a local museum to learn about the history of the region and the culture and customs of the Lobi. Gaoua, with a population of around 50 000, is a beautiful city surrounded by many hills. It is very green, especially during the rainy season. Accommodation in Gaoua.

Day 5

Today we return to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The journey is approximately 390 kilometres and takes between six and seven hours. If we haven't had time to do a city tour yet, we have time now. Accommodation in Ouagadougou.

Day 6

After breakfast, we head south from Ouagadougou towards the border with Ghana. Our destination is a village called Tiébélé, located on the land of the Kassena people. The journey will take us 180 kilometres and three to four hours. The Kassenas are still largely animists, as are many of the people in Tiébélé village. The village has been called the most beautiful in Burkina Faso because of the tradition of painting houses with colourful decorative symbols. Each symbol has its own meaning and painting is the work of women. The houses are particularly beautiful in the courtyard of the local royal family, where we will be guided by our Kassena guide. In the evening we return to Ouagadougou.

Day 7

We will take you back to the airport and hope you have enjoyed Burkina Faso with us.

General information about the tour

Price: inquire with us

The price of the trip includes:

  • All accommodations
  • All transfers (including airport transfers)
  • All entrance fees
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Meals and bottled water
  • Visa invitation letter

Not included in the price:

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations and anti-malaria medication
  • Personal expenses, such as souvenirs and tips