Top things to do

Top Choice Architecture 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 and …
Top Choice Hill 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 admissi…
Top Choice Wildlife 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 plenty…
Top Choice Film in Ouagadougou

Fespaco

Going strong since 1969, this world-renowned biennial festival (held in odd-numbered years) sees African films competing for the prestigious Étalon d'Or de Yennenga – Fespaco's equivalent of the Oscars.
Top Choice African in Ouagadougou

Maquis Aboussouan

This upmarket maquis is the place to enjoy Burkinabé and Ivorian staples such as poulet kedjenou (slow-cooked chicken with peppers and tomatoes) or attiéké (grated cassava). The ample, lively courtyard is filled wit…
Top Choice Ethiopian in Ouagadougou

Chez Haregua

If you want to give your taste buds a sensuous treat, go for this Ethiopian choice – the excellent alicha doro (turmeric chicken) is served with the traditional, pancake-like injera bread and eaten by hand. The staf…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Ouagadougou

Village Artisanal de Ouaga

A government-run cooperative with a wide range of crafts, ideal for souvenir-shopping without the hard sell. If you're not a fan of bargaining to death and want to find real local handicrafts, this is the place to g…
Top Choice European in Banfora

Le Calypso

Run by the same jovial Franco-Burkinabé family as Le Calypso hotel, this popular restaurant is a wonderful place for tasty, slow-cooked fish, marinated steak and pizzas. The homemade juices are highly recommended.
Top Choice Fusion in Bobo-Dioulasso

La Canne d'Or

This villa-style eatery, with its African decor and riot of fairy lights, serves French fare with an African twist. House faves include frogs' legs and a great grill selection (kebabs, steak, Nile perch etc). Servic…
Top Choice Pizza in Ouagadougou

Le Verdoyant

A favourite haunt of expats, the ultracentral Le Verdoyant is famous for its pasta, wood-fired pizzas and ice creams. Note that the mosquitoes are ferocious at night.