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*'''"Le Foret"''' in Zone du Bois has some trails for walking, running. Also has a small zoo inside (100-200 CFA for entrance)
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*'''"La Foret"''' in Zone du Bois has some trails for walking, running. Also has a small zoo inside (100-200 CFA for entrance)
 
*'''Bangr-Weoogo''' urban park, part of the park system, is a natural preservation area and "sacred forest" dating from the pre-colonial era.
 
*'''Bangr-Weoogo''' urban park, part of the park system, is a natural preservation area and "sacred forest" dating from the pre-colonial era.
 
*'''Cineburkina''' (50 32 03 28) and '''Cine Reale''' are more comfortable/safer movie theaters
 
*'''Cineburkina''' (50 32 03 28) and '''Cine Reale''' are more comfortable/safer movie theaters
 
*'''Café Zaka''' has live bands every night
 
*'''Café Zaka''' has live bands every night
*'''The Moro Naaba ceremony''' is every Friday morning at 7:15am, 15 min ceremony symbolizing a Mossi historical event (preparation for battle against the French, but being persuaded to keep peace). Ouagadougou was founded in the 15th century and became the capital of the Mossi empire. The historical palace of the Moro Naaba is located in the middle of the city.
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*'''The Moro Naaba ceremony''' is every Friday morning at 7:15am, 15 min ceremony symbolizing a Mossi historical event (preparation for battle against a rival king that stole his amulets, but being persuaded to keep peace). Ouagadougou was founded in the 15th century and became the capital of the Mossi empire. The historical palace of the Moro Naaba is located in the middle of the city.
 
*'''French Cultural Centre''', Maison de Peuple for concerts, theater- on same road as the grande poste
 
*'''French Cultural Centre''', Maison de Peuple for concerts, theater- on same road as the grande poste
 
*'''SIAO''' (International Art and Craft Festival) One of Africa's more prominent craft fairs. Artisan's village open every day (small scale festival - local arts and crafts with less hassle than on the street)  
 
*'''SIAO''' (International Art and Craft Festival) One of Africa's more prominent craft fairs. Artisan's village open every day (small scale festival - local arts and crafts with less hassle than on the street)  
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*'''SIAO''' is an artisans festival (arts and crafts) also falls every two years in October/November.
 
*'''SIAO''' is an artisans festival (arts and crafts) also falls every two years in October/November.
 
*'''Central Market''' a major attraction, burned in 2003 and awaits reconstruction.
 
*'''Central Market''' a major attraction, burned in 2003 and awaits reconstruction.
*'''La Musee Nationale''' to open sometime in the future.
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*'''Le Musee Nationale''' to open sometime in the future.
 
*'''Gonghin Market''' a fun place to explore, buy fabric and fruit
 
*'''Gonghin Market''' a fun place to explore, buy fabric and fruit
  

Revision as of 13:34, 29 June 2007

Ouagadougou is the capital of the West African nation of Burkina Faso.

Understand

Dominant Mossi ethnicity, but many other ethnicities are also here (Samo, Gourounsi, Lobi, etc).

Languages spoken: French, Moore, some Jula (derivative of Bambara).

Get in

  • Ghana- STC (50 64 44 42/ 50 62 25 88)
  • Benin- STMB (50 31 44 72 or 50 31 13 63), SOTRAO
  • Togo- no big buses know of- only bush taxis
  • Niger- SOTRAO
  • Mali-STMB, SOGEBAF, TCV (50 39 88 77)
  • Cote d'Ivoire-

Get around

Go to Ouaga Jungle in Tampouy, on the right side of the main road to Yako, for good live music, traditional and reggae

Do

  • "La Foret" in Zone du Bois has some trails for walking, running. Also has a small zoo inside (100-200 CFA for entrance)
  • Bangr-Weoogo urban park, part of the park system, is a natural preservation area and "sacred forest" dating from the pre-colonial era.
  • Cineburkina (50 32 03 28) and Cine Reale are more comfortable/safer movie theaters
  • Café Zaka has live bands every night
  • The Moro Naaba ceremony is every Friday morning at 7:15am, 15 min ceremony symbolizing a Mossi historical event (preparation for battle against a rival king that stole his amulets, but being persuaded to keep peace). Ouagadougou was founded in the 15th century and became the capital of the Mossi empire. The historical palace of the Moro Naaba is located in the middle of the city.
  • French Cultural Centre, Maison de Peuple for concerts, theater- on same road as the grande poste
  • SIAO (International Art and Craft Festival) One of Africa's more prominent craft fairs. Artisan's village open every day (small scale festival - local arts and crafts with less hassle than on the street)
  • FESPACO - PanAfrican film festival [1]. Africa's most prestigious film festival is held every two years in February and showcases some of the best movies from across the continent. 24 Feb - 3 March 2007.
  • SIAO is an artisans festival (arts and crafts) also falls every two years in October/November.
  • Central Market a major attraction, burned in 2003 and awaits reconstruction.
  • Le Musee Nationale to open sometime in the future.
  • Gonghin Market a fun place to explore, buy fabric and fruit

Buy

Groceries:

  • Go to Marina Market (50 31 09 65) or Scimas downtown, near the grande mosque (same street, maybe three blocks apart) for all cheese, meat, ice cream, other needs (closed from 12 to 3).

Bookstores:

  • DIACFA- kind of behind SCIMAS, across from the Grande Marche. PAGES - downtown, somewhat near the grand poste

Tailors:

  • Dune, a block up from ISO on lefty side of street, turn up dirt road, great Mauritanian tissue vendors next door;
  • Anna's Fashion near Paradisio and Petrofa station
  • Issaka (76 67 69 79) and Victor (70 25 18 57) make house calls

Film developing:

  • Have had the best luck at ADC near Marina Market. Lotte Photo across from Scimas takes a bit longer, but also does a good enough job.

Eat

Most larger buvettes have eats in the afternoons and evenings, but here are a few notables from the recommendations and favorites of Bobo Stage Goers:

African

  • Café Zaka - somewhat expensive, downtown near Scimas supermarket, live music and cool craft shop inside)
  • Gondwana (somewhat expensive, Zone du Bois, great atmosphere)

Indian

  • La Mayer-somewhat expensive, near the Grand Cathedral) 50 30 70 87

Italian

  • Verdoyant-somewhat expensive, near the Grand Poste, delivers50 31 54 07)
  • Les Pilliers -somewhat expensive, Zone du Bois) 50 36 19 52
  • La Paillote (somewhat expensive, great pizza, delivers 50 31 87 34)
  • The Belvedere (somewhat expensive, amazing pizza, near the US embassy) 50 33 64 21

Middle Eastern

  • Sindibal's (cheaper, downtown, delivers50 30 58 74)
  • Chez Simone (cheaper, Kwame N Krumah, near Jimmy's 50 33 21 46)
  • Baratapas (cheaper, fun, homemade rum, near STMB gare)

Chinese

  • Restaurant du Chine (somewhat expensive, downtown)
  • L'Orient- (Zone du Bois, on Babanguida towards the Route de Fada 50 36 15 01)

American

  • Hamburger House (cheaper, delivers 50 34 54 41)
  • ISO (cheaper, delivers 50 36 21 67)
  • Showbiz (across the street from Hotel Splendid- great milkshakes)
  • American Rec Center at the US embassy

Vietnamese

  • Le Jardin Bambou, (Route de Fada towards Zone du Bois, 50 31 35 14)
  • Kim Son (?) expensive, near the airport

French

  • Coq Bleu (expensive, Kwame N Krumah 50 30 01 93)
  • Vert Galant (expensive, downtown)
  • l'Eau Vive (expensive, run by Catholic nuns)

Street food and snacks

All usually ~ 100 CFA per plate on the street, depending on quantity or if there is meat: Rice and Beans (Benga), Rice and Sauce (Riz Sauce), To and sauce, Atteike, Spaghetti, Rice and tomato sauce (Riz Gras), Snacks- Peanuts and dates everywhere, semi-easy to find dried mangoes.

Drink

There are many bars. Here are the favorites from the Bobo Stagieres (these are all bars you can dance in):

  • Music Hall (reasonable prices, often has a European crowd, somewhat near the grand post, towards the zone du bois)
  • New Jack's (more expensive, great mirrors, across from Hotel Splendid)
  • Cactus Bar (expensive, pool tables, Eurpoean crowd, across from Hotel Splendid)
  • Le Prive (more expensive, downtown, nice atmosphere)
  • The Sahel (often has live music, great atmosphere, cheaper)
  • Bar DeNiro (more expensive, pool tables)
  • L'Axe (Peace Corps favorite on the Route de Fada, local crowd, cheaper)
  • Le Citadel (cheaper, local crowd)
  • The New Acropoli, Zogona (just off the Circulaire near the Total Station, cheaper, local crowd)
  • Paladium (cheaper, downtown, local crowd)
  • Gazoum (local crowd, racy, always a big crowd, Babanguida)

Sleep

Please note: All Peace Corps Volunteers from the Africa region are now welcome to stay at the Peace Corps Ouaga Transit house in Zone du Bois, off of Avenue Charles de Gaulle, for 4000 CFA a night.

Budget

  • Pavillon Vert, quartier Dapoya, next to Point Afrique office
  • Hotel Zamdogo, Zogona, near Peace Corps hostel (50 30 10 69)
  • "The Mission", FEME near the Meat Palace on the Route de Fada
  • Hotel Continental across from CineBurkina (50 30 43 60)
  • SIL near Gare de l'Est on the Route de Fada, no drinking or smoking allowed in compound (50 36 48 51)
  • CACS(Centre d'Acceuil et...): On the route de Fada.
  • Pension Sarah Located in Cite An II, good place to meet fellow travelers, good food

Mid range

  • Hotel Splendid, Kwame N Krumah
  • Silmande, Zone du Bois, near the barrage
  • Hotel Palm Beach (50 31 09 91)
  • Hotel Ricardo, (50 31 17 17) near the barrage
  • Hotel Independence, downtown, surrounded by art/artifact vendors, also offers haircuts, pedicures (5000 CFA), massages (50 30 60 60).

Splurge

Contact

Post Office:

  • Grande Post (Sonapost) downtown, right on the Place des Nations Unies (M-F 8am-12pm, 3pm-5pm; Sat 8-12. No withdrawing money on Saturdays). Other post offices seem to follow the Monday-Friday schedules, but possibly closed on Saturdays. (If you don't have a box, there is a man who packages things to be shipped for 500-1000 CFA. Coming in the entrance, ask at the desk on the right.) There are also post offices in Dassasgho at the corner of Charles de Gaulle and the Circulaire, and on Charles de Gaulle near the intersection with Babanguida, just down from Surface Alimentation.

Internet:

  • Dependable connections next to the grand post (across the street from the Verdoyant) and diagonal from Café Zaka (next to the fish market). *Hole in the wall places everywhere, just ask. 500-1000 CFA/hr.

Stay safe

The empty, grassy stretch just west of Ave Kwame Nkrumah and south of the Grande Mosque is reputed to be very dangerous after dark.

If you are a foreign woman, don't tell anyone (except trusted friends) where you are staying unless you want everyone you meet to show up at your hotel or home.

When travelling, take the STMB busses, they drive slowly, but safely. SOGEBAF has to most crashes

Get out

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