This small, unassuming national park in the heart of Burkina Faso might not have the high concentration of big game that you’d hope for, but it certainly offers a little bit of peace. There are elephants in the national park, and if you’re here in the dry season there’s a really good chance you’ll see them. Even if you don’t spot the big animals, you’ll find the beauty of the river banks to be the perfect place to watch the sun go down.
Time Needed: 1 Day
Backpacker’s Budget: 40USD a Day
Things to Do and See in Deux Bales National Park
Obviously, the big thing to do is search for elephants. You can, in the nearby town of Boromo, arrange a guide and 4×4 to take you through the park. Alternatively, you can head to Campement La Kaicedra where they can organize foot or river safaris.
Where to Stay and Eat in Deux Bales National Park
There are basically two budget options in and around the park. The first is Sama Camp which is close to Boromo. They can organize tours for you and the French-Burkinabe owners also serve meals to guests if they want them. Option two is, in my opinion, the best of the two. Campement La Kaicedra is a bit of a adventure to get to as it’s just outside the national park, but the bungalows along the river, as well as beautiful riverside deck, make it a great place to spend an evening. They serve meals, although they’re expensive. They also allow camping.
Getting out of Town
To get into the national park you’ll need your own vehicle or to hire a driver and guide in Boromo. It’s a bit tricky to find on your own as it’s not well signed but, basically, as soon as you get into towns take a right you’ll follow a dirt road parallel to the highway for a bit. From there, you’ll see power lines leading away from the highway. Take the road towards the power lines and follow the power lines until you get to the national park sign.
To get out of Boromo, there are constant buses going to both Bobo-Dioulasso and Ouagadougou.
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