Trip Start Sep 29, 2010
159Trip End Nov 29, 2011
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Arriving well before noon on Wednesday 1st December meant we had most of the day to enjoy. Enter motorbikes. Or mopeds to be more precise. We hired two bikes and a guide and spent the next two days riding round the Burkina countryside, taking in some truely remarkable sights and generally having a great time.
First up, we rode out to the Sindou Peaks, about 50km west of Banfora. These fascinating rock formations were formed millenia ago, when Burkina Faso sat beneath the oceans and volcanic vents punctuated the sedimentary rocks laid out on the sea bed
We spent the night in a nearby campement, showering in the open air and sleeping in a mud hut. The next day we rode out again into the countryside en route to some nearby waterfalls (I can now say I’ve jumped off an African waterfall), some more crazy geology at Domes de Fabedougou and to watch the sun set on a tranquil lake decorated with water-lillies.
This is a very scenic country and, at least in this corner, is still very much forested. In fact, here has the most dense covering of trees I’ve seen since Europe
Although the sealed roads here are, it seems, generally in good condition, there are few of them. Out of town, we rode along dirt roads, tracks and paths, often trying to avoid chickens, donkeys and cattle. Hence the colour of the water that ran down the shower plug-hole in the evenings. Safe to say that these two days were the dustiest I’ve ever been.