Mare aux Hippopotames, Bobo Dioulasso

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A UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve, Mare aux Hippopotames abounds with wildlife. Some 1,000 hippos live within the protected area spanning some 163 sq km (63 sq mi), which also provides a safe home for a variety of bird species. Plan my day in Bobo Dioulasso using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Only about 1.5 hours drive from Bobo Dioulasso is a small lake where up to 60 hippos are supposed to live. The approach there goes over 45 km of asphalt road and then 10-12 km of clay piste. It would be better to use an off-road vehicle. In the rainy season, the ride there is certainly not recommended. Drive through some small villages, a teak tree forest and then reach the small station of the Biosphere Reserve. Foreigners pay 3000,-CFA admission, including the boat trip across the lake. The rangers on site are very friendly and welcome small gifts such as drinking water, chocolate etc. You board a rickety aluminum boat, which is moved by staken over the shallow lake. In our case, we had 7 men to staken plus a ranger who accompanied our group of 5 men, because in 2019 apparently no other tourist had lost their way there and all wanted to get something off the business. We got up to about 80m to the bathing hippos and were lucky enough to see a group of 3 elephants as well. In any case, visiting there is a worthwhile excursion.
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  • This place is around 60 km from Burkinafasso. 45 kms of the road is nice and the rest is rough typical village mud road. I would advise to go by a big car especially SUV and dont forget to keep a spar...  more »
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