Pat and Richard in West Africa 2011 travel blog

Peaks of Sindou

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On the hippo hunt!

Kunta and Pat with waterlilly crown

Well, the car finally got fixed after several attempts and we left Ouagadougou yesterday (Tuesday) around 3pm. Because of our late start we did not get all the way back to Bobo before dark but stayed at a hotel half way along the road.

This morning we finished our journey to Banfora, in the west of Burkina Faso. We are in sugar cane country here, with lots of mango trees on the side of the road. It's not really mango season yet but we did find some ripe ones which we had for lunch.

Close to Banfora, along a very bad dirt road, we visited an area called the Peaks of Sindou - supposed to be very similar geological formation to the Bungle Bungles in WA. Very weird rocks but they were very beautiful and our guide took us for a walk among them, explaining their history in French which we could understand (at least most of it). After the peaks we drove to a lake where we searched for hippo again - we didn't see any, but it was a very pleasant boat trip on the water. Our boat paddler made a crown out of water lillies which he gave to me!

Next stop was the Domes of Fabadougou, very similar to the peaks of Sindou but as it was later in the day the light was very different so the photos are different too! Last stop for the day was a waterfall, but as it was dark by the time we got there we could not see much though we could hear the falls.

Back to our very luxurious hotel, with a huge swimming pool so we could cool down before heading to the restaurant for a few cold beers and some food - fish brochettes for me and meat brochettes for Richard.

Tomorrow we have an early start to drive to Goua for the night before heading into Ghana.

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