Burkina Faso, Trans African Overlanding

The Tropical Region of Banfora


Burkina Faso’s landscape ranges from the dry and sandy Sahel in the North to Savannah covering the center and then there is a region in the South- West called Banfora which receives a lot of rainfall making it much more green and fertile than the rest of the country. Everywhere we looked we saw trees with mangoes with the size of melons and the Auberge we stayed at in Sindou told us that we could have as many as we wanted for free, so that was almost all we ate the two days we were there.
For sunset we walked up to the Sindou Peaks which was national park made up by limestone mountains that had been carved out by wind and erosion. Even though it is Burkina Faso’s biggest tourist attraction, there were no other people there to be seen.
The next day we had to leave early from Sindou as we had a lot of sightseeing that we wanted to do before departing with the evening train from Banfora City. First up was visiting  Tengréla Lake where some locals took us out on some creaky old pirogues to see hippos. The wind made us drift pretty close to some of them, but they were all just laying peacefully in the water, not minding us at all.
Second up was the Domes of Fabedougou which was a short but rough drive from Banfora City. The mountains were made up same kind of minerals and erosion as the Sindou Peaks, but the landscape was very different. Instead of slim and tall peaks there were big and red dome shaped mountains that could well have been used as a movie scene from mars.
Last up were the Karfiguéla Waterfalls. When we got there the locals insisted on us taking a guide with us because they said it was too hard finding the way up, but once we started walking we noticed there were arrows pointing in the ground all the way up to the top. Having a couple of hours in the waterfall pools was the perfect way of killing the last time we had before catching the train to the Ivory Coast.