Banfora

Overview

Introduction

There's not a lot to see in this southwest town, but it has one of the nicest markets in the country, and it makes a good base for some interesting day trips. The surrounding agricultural region, where palm wine is produced, is lush and green compared with much of the rest of the country. It's one of the few places you'll find streams, forests and waterfalls. There's good hiking near Sindou, a village of thatched huts and mango trees 30 mi/50 km to the west. Near Sindou is a chain of bizarre sandstone crags (some 165 ft/50 m high). Other highlights include the Karfiguela waterfall, which is 7 mi/12 km northwest of town, and Lake Tengrela, which is 6 mi/10 km west of town (with hippos—and, unfortunately, the bilharzia parasite). Banfora is 50 mi/80 km southwest of Bobo-Dioulasso.

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