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Réserve de Nazinga/Burkina Faso

Introducing Réserve de Nazinga

This 97,000-hectare wildlife reserve, about 40km southwest of Pô near the Ghanaian border, has become a highlight on many a wildlife lover’s itinerary. The park has antelopes, monkeys, warthogs, crocodiles and plenty of birds, but elephants are the stars of the show. The best times to see them are December to April, although the chances of sighting are pretty good year-round.

There are some good accommodation options in Nazinga. At the heart of the reserve, Ranch de Nazinga has an exceptional location right by the reserve's biggest watering hole. Accommodation is a little lacklustre but the restaurant churns out tasty meals (mains CFA3000 to CFA4000) and the setting is unrivalled with animals regularly roaming among the bungalows.

Those in search of something a little more sophisticated should opt for Campement de l'Éléphant, right on the edge of the reserve. Rooms are spacious and clean but it is the pool that's the real draw, perfect to while away the hours between wildlife drives. The restaurant also gets the thumbs up from travellers for its impeccable French cuisine.

You will need your own vehicle to access the reserve and go on wildlife drives. The travel agencies in Ouaga are your best bet.