budget trip to Burkina Faso in March 2013
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 18, 2013 12:15 PM Last Post By: nowornever
Jan 28, 2013 7:50 AM
budget trip to Burkina Faso in March 2013Hi!
I've also got these inexpensive Turkish Airline tickets and I'm going to visit Burkina Faso with my girlfriend for 2 weeks in March
If you also happen to be around during the period from March 09 to March 26, maybe we could figure out something together (like renting a car together to go to national park or something alike).
It is our first time in subsaharan Africa, so I would like to ask some questions:
1) What do you think, is hitch-hiking possible and easy in Burkina Faso? (Meaning it's free variety, not pay-per-mile).
2) Can foreign nationals (EU passports) rent a car and drive with EU drivers license?
3) What about being vegan in Burkina Faso, is it possible to survive without any kind of animal products in food?
What kind of typical canteens are locals eating? (Not much interested in restaurants for tourists.)
4) What are the prices for cheapest types of local dirty hostels? Is sleeping outside in a tent safe enough?
5) How much would it cost for two of us to go to some nice national park for 2 days (I assume we would need a car, a driver, something else)?
6) Is Gorom-Gorom safe or is this warning serious enough:
Besides, what places would you recommend to visit in Burkina Faso?
Maybe you have some non-touristic ideas for nice places?
How much money should we estimate for daily expenses being on shoe-string?
Jan 28, 2013 8:54 AM
11. No, it'll be very difficult to hitch-hike, you will need to use local transport
2. Yes, you can hire a vehicle but it will be outrageously expensive, or you could spend more & get one with a driver
3. It's possible being a vegan, rice & sauce type dishes
4. Hostels are not necessarily 'dirty' ... you'd be looking at around 7,000CFA minimum a night in most towns
5. You could stay at the place near Boromo, nice place to stay, not too pricey & probably organise for someone to drive you around.
6. I'd keep out of the north for now until the Mali conflict is over. There are a lot of great places, from Banfora in SW to Fada N'Gourma in the east ... I adore Ouaga but not a fan of Bobo ...
Enjoy & keep an open mind
Jan 29, 2013 11:09 AM
2I agree with Kira, except on a couple of points. I used to live in Burkina and my PhD is related to local cooking practices. No way the dishes are vegan. There is a maggi or jumbo stock cube in every sauce and it is a meat one. And salads are often seasoned with stock cubes or worse with oil that was used to fry meat. Not in the upmarket restaurants, but in most other place.
I now live in Ethiopia, so I can tell you that car rental in BUrkina is not outrageously expensive.
25000 FCFA per day for a normal sedan car, 35000 onwards for a 4x4, it is cheaper than Ethiopia, and I think also cheaper than other places in East Africa. I think Mali was similar if not more expensive, not sure about GHana.
OH, and I am a Bobo girl myslelf, but then that is the place I've spend more than 36 months over the last 12 years. And I speak the local language, makes a difference.
Like most Bobolese, I find Ouaga to be hard. Though I am looking forward to spending a week there during Fespaco next month :-)
Feb 5, 2013 3:16 PM
Thank you Kira and Liza for your replies. :)
I found a summary article on hitch-hiking in Burkina, it states that it is possible and even easy.
If EU driver license is valid, we are probably looking for some nature park to get into to see some animals. What place would you recommend? Where do we look for car rental? Maybe there are some locals who could take us into the park with their own car for less money? Are some additional documents necessary?
What about typical style of food preparation? Do they make a big pot or cook for each client seperately? Would it be possible to ask the cook to prepare dishes in particular manner (e.g., using vegetable cubes instead of meat ones)? What about other dishes, are there some popular ones that do not use animal ingredients?
Any non-touristic recommendations for Ouaga or Bobo? :)
Feb 18, 2013 11:56 AM
4I just came from Burkina I spend more than 2 weeks. In Ouaga I lived in Zem Batik Its tourist place but very lovely and not expensive. There are the rooms near Cathedral for 8000 for two persons. Not dirty! In Bobo there are the rooms for 6000 but not realy clean like Le Cocotier or Soba the same price. I lived in Teria I most expensive (8 000) but it was OK ( try L Entente near with breakfast inc.) Gaoua is realy without turist. If You want stay in dirty cheap place it is Base Vie Canadien- 5000 but without toal.papers. towel, but realy good for speaking with burkina people, good food and cheap bear, The better is take a room Maison Madeleine Pere ( for 2 people it is 7000).Realy good place The Lobi country is very interesting,. So You can visit the villages taking a moto ( 5000 for a day) Po is good but there are many tourist ( try Campement Eco SolidaireLe Manguier in Tiebele or Villaga dAcceuil Jean Viars with water and electr.). The nord is fantastic with villages near Dori ( Auberge Populaire is not clean, the same price is in Sahel Hebergement - 5000 for one person) It is near Mali so there are many police and it isn t possible to spend the night in Gorom-Gorom , but You can see the market . There are many villages with lovely people and there arn t tourists because...Mali But It is not danger. ....The buses are very comfortables: big buses or mini buses or toyotas... So It is easy to travelin Burkina. And people are realy friendly. If You want some info .please ask.
Feb 18, 2013 12:15 PM
5i just arrived back from BF 2 days ago,
forget hitchhiking, though truck driver (blacks!!!) would maybe stop, white people arte too scared to stop.
use bushtaxis, its a cheap non touristic option and you get to see the real deal....
considering vegans in BF, .... i am not vegan, but i survived 17 days on baguette- tomatoes-cucumbers-onions- eggs - sardines and yoghurt...... they also have rice and couscous, i brought my own salad dressing and spices, so it was easy for me.....plus water kettle for tea and coffee....
i tried 2 restaurants but didnt like it- but i am very health concious.....
i did not visit a national park, but you have to pay for all the interesting sights.....
motorbike rental per day is about 5000 cfa, plus petrol, plus guardian if you leave the bike..... but i did not argue too much- its development aid for me....
leave out the north for the time being, or didnt you read the message that no more ransom money will be paid for unaware tourists heading in this direction, the south is good enough and has a lot on offer....
agree with kira, banfora is better than bobo dioulasso
good place in banfora is hotel canne au sucre -- 8000 cfa with ventilation......plus pool use!!!!
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