Top ChoiceArchitecture in Tiébélé & Kassena Country

Cour Royale

More than 450 people live in Tiébélé's royal court, a large compound of typical sukhalas, or traditional painted houses. Children live with their grandparents in octagonal huts, couples live in rectangular huts...

Top ChoiceHill in Burkina Faso

Sindou Peaks

One of Burkina Faso's most spectacular landscapes, the Sindou Peaks are a narrow, craggy chain featuring a fantastic array of tortuous cones sculpted by the elements; a 45-minute guided walk is included with...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Burkina Faso

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 antelope, monkeys, warthogs, crocodiles and...

Village in Niansogoni

Niansogoni Village

The old Niansogoni village is nestled in an alcove of the escarpment, where you can see old adobe granaries and dwellings that perch on the cliff side like a beehive. It's really a marvellous sight. The village –...

Mosque in Bobo-Dioulasso

Grande Mosquée

Grande Mosquée

Built in 1893, this mosque is an outstanding example of Sahel-style mud architecture, with conical towers and wooden struts (which both support the structure and act as scaffolding during replastering efforts)....

Landmark in Banfora

Dômes de Fabedougou

These limestone formations were sculpted into quirky domelike shapes over millennia by water and erosion – an arresting sight. They're found 3km north of the Karfiguéla Waterfalls (off the N2 road to Bobo). Don't...

Market in Bobo-Dioulasso

Grand Marché

Bobo-Dioulasso's centrepiece, the expansive Grand Marché, is hugely enjoyable and atmospheric, and a wonderful (and largely hassle-free) place to experience a typical African city market. The market spills over...

Palace in Ouagadougou

Moro-Naba Palace

On Fridays at 7am the Moro-Naba of Ouagadougou – emperor of the Mossi and the most powerful traditional chief in Burkina Faso – presides over the Moro-Naba Ceremony at the palace. It's a formal ritual that lasts...

Area in Bobo-Dioulasso


Bobo's historical centre is a thriving neighbourhood. Little has changed over the centuries in terms of organisation: Muslims, griots (traditional musicians, storytellers or praise singers), blacksmiths and...

Waterfall in Banfora

Karfiguéla Waterfalls

The Karfiguéla Waterfalls, where you can take a dip in the lovely natural pools on the upper section, are at their best during and just after the rainy season. Unfortunately, the dirt tracks leading to the falls...

Nature Reserve in Bobo-Dioulasso

Forêt de Kou

The 115-hectare Forêt de Kou is an unexpected gem: the reserve includes three completely different ecosystems – tropical rainforest, teak plantation and wooded savannah – that visitors can explore through a small...

Village in Bobo-Dioulasso


Perched on the hillside, Koro's houses – built amid rock formations – are unique in the area, and there are fine panoramic views over the countryside from the top of the village. Koro is 13km east of Bobo, off...

Museum in Gaoua & Lobi Country

Musée de Poni

This excellent ethnological museum contains full-scale reproductions of Lobi and Gan compounds, as well as a wide range of photographs and artefacts. The guides really know their stuff, too; Golane Oumar is...

Factory in Banfora

Société Nouvelle Sucrière de la Comoé

On the road to the Dômes de Fabedougou from Banfora, this sugar factory is one of Burkina's more unusual sights. It produces 35,000 tonnes of sugar a year from 4000 hectares of sugar cane. You can visit the...

Museum in Ouagadougou

Musée de la Musique

You don't need to be into music to enjoy this excellent museum: the Burkinabé live and breathe music and a visit to the museum serves as a great introduction to Burkinabé culture. The new building is a...

Village in Bobo-Dioulasso


The village of Koumi, on the Bobo–Orodara road (6km south of Kou), is well-known for its ochre-coloured adobe houses. Villagers run informative guided tours (CFA1000) touching on animist beliefs, architecture and...

Museum in Ouagadougou

National Museum

The national museum, almost 4km east of the city centre, has displays of the various masks, ancestral statues and traditional costumes of Burkina Faso's major ethnic groups.

Museum in Bobo-Dioulasso

Musée Communal Sogossira Sanon

A small museum that showcases masks, statues and ceremonial dress from all over Burkina Faso. There are full-scale examples of traditional buildings inside the grounds.