Video of the Week: The Ancient City of Bobo-Dioulasso

I know I’ve backtracked a little bit on the roll of the story, but getting videos uploaded has been its typical struggle.  While internet has not been hard to find, a plug in for my computer has.  I could get 3G internet on the beach here, but there are too few plugs and my laptop is dying.  Anyways, to the video which is from Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.

Bobo-DioulassoBobo-Dioulasso was such a great town.  While it is the second biggest city in all of Burkina Faso, it somehow feels like a village.  You can pretty much get anywhere on foot and nothing seems all too far away.  The city is flat and at times can feel a bit bland, but the more you explore the more you realize that there are a number of different layers to the city, especially the old town.

On this episode of my youtube travel channel, I first hit up a mechanic to get some new tires for my scooter Anne Murray.  I then head off on foot to explore the old town of Bobo-Dioulasso.  While the new town still doesn’t feel completely modern, the old town is a complete flip backwards into the past.  There are no cars, narrow walkways bordered by mud buildings, and a beautiful ancient mosque highlighting the entrance.  During my 2 hour tour with a local guide through the old town I visited the mosque, the oldest building in Bobo-Dioulasso, watched blacksmiths and wood carvers, and ever got to sample some of the millet beer which I watched them brew traditionally.

Once again, Burkina Faso has proven to me to be a great place for tourists.  The infrastructure for tourism is already there and the sights throughout the country are really worth checking out.   It’s amazing to me that my favourite spots in Africa thus far are places I basically expected to cruise through.

Anyways, enough talk, here’s the video!


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: Brendan van Son is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He has visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than he has the desire to count. Check out his profile on . for a little bit more about him.

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