Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso:
A minibus brought us from northern Benin to the capital of Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou. However, the journey was not as straight-forward as it may sound. Our bus left Natitingou in the afternoon and reached the border after closing time. Consequently, we stopped and had to sleep on the ground for a few hours, before we were allowed to continue into Burkina Faso. The landscape was more and more dry with tiny villages along the road. Once in Ouagadougou, we walked through the pleasant city centre, which, however, offers only few sights worth visiting. The urban park “Bangr Weogo” allows for plenty of hiking in a savannah-like atmosphere with a number of ponds housing a few crocodiles. We booked train tickets for our onward journey to Bobo-Dioulasso – a very pleasant alternative to the crowded (but faster) buses.
Bobo-Dioulasso is the second largest city in the country and a true tourist mecca with its old town, markets, and mosques – you can read about our visit in the following post!