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Ouagadougou Travel Guide: 58 reviews and 637 photos


Welcome to the big city! Ouagadougou sounds like a small river village out in the bush, but is by far the largest city in Burkina Faso. The city has around 1.5 million inhabitants. The next closest city - Bobo-Dioulasso – has around 360,000 people and then it gets really small and rural. The city is not just the capital, but also the hub of just about anything in the country.

It has an International Airport, rail station and all roads lead from here. It’s a ‘modern’ city with hotels, restaurants, bars, small markets, mosques and churches. It, like the rest of Burkina Faso, is not on the tourist trial and probably won’t be soon. I ended up here when my flight to Mali was cancelled because of a military coup. It’s a nice enough place, but it’s ungodly hot. Due to one renovation idea to many – they have cut down every tree and cleared almost every derelict area. Then ran out of money to build anything to replace it. So large open areas baking in the sun year round. At least the drinks at almost all the little kiosk shops are ice cold.

The only excursion I could find in the guide book was the only excursion I was offered by the street touts as well. Going to the crocodile farm.

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  • Last visit to Ouagadougou: Apr 2012
  • Intro Updated Apr 1, 2015
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Back for a look at your updates and tips again -- nice page! Especially good hotel tips and photos! Don't think B F will ever be on my wish list, but I enjoyed reading the pages about your trip there.

    • DAO's Profile Photo
      Apr 4, 2015 at 3:59 PM

      Thanks, I was supposed to be in Mali - but they had a coup! So I ended up here. Thanks for all your support!

  • TrendsetterME's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Perfect and detailed helpful tips for accommodation, also great photos .. :)

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    An excellent guide to accommodation in Ouagadougou! I like the sound of all those big cold beers too! :-)

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Four hotels that's must be quite nerve racking in this heat. I'm glad you found a good one after all.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Received your postcard today from Burkina Faso, with post stamp from Ouagadougou --- great stamps too!! Three firsts in a row!! The postcard has multiple views which gives some idea of what it looks like there. I can't believe how hot it was there!! Thanks again, you wonderful man!!


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