Bobo-Dioulasso attractions

Mosque in Bobo-Dioulasso

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). Visi…
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 onto…
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 'nobles'…
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 ne…
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 the m…
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 lo…
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.