Plan on a couple of days in the capital, Ouagadougou, soaking up the steamy nightlife and raucous street bustle. Make a trip south via Pô to see the painted houses of Tiébélé, then stay the night. Then head to Bobo-Dioulasso and soak up the mellow vibes of this charming city for your last few days in the country.
With two weeks, heading to Réserve de Nazinga is a must; spend a few days spotting some elephants and antelope – and stay away from crocodiles. Make a full circle via Gaoua, exploring the Lobi country, via the unmissable Sindou Peaks.