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December 9, 2012 / samwilson60

Bobo-Dioulasso to Ouagadougou, minus the elephants

After a restful day in Bobo and another very good feed, we continued on to Boromo and the Parc National des Deux Bales. At any other time of year, this would be an excellent spot for elephants, there being three large herds in the park at last count and a campement just at the entrance, alongside the Mahoun river. As elsewhere, however, at this time of year there are plenty of other water sources for the wildlife so they tend to stay deeper in the bush. We did see lots of interesting birdlife though, and had a lovely night on the river. We had the beautifully constructed campement all to ourselves, with the exception of a French anthropologist who popped by for a quick drink. He and the local guy manning the place told us lots of interesting, if a little controversial, things about the park, the camp and the sacred tree we were all taking shade under.

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We had thought we’d stay longer to explore the national park, either by car, foot or pirogue, but the pistes had yet to be cleared after the rains and the pirogues were not exactly watertight. The elephants had not been spotted in the area recently and the heat was intense, even by 9am, so we opted for more tea and chats in the shade of the camp and a gentle drive towards Ouaga.

On our way we stopped in Bazoule in search of a conservation centre for metre-wide tortoises, but our enquiries drew a blank and we found just one medium-sized tortoise, housed with a captive monkey at a rather flashy campement dedicated to sacred crocodiles.

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We didn’t really want to feed live chickens to already overfed crocs, so had a drink and continued to Ouaga, where we found a really nice, very shady hotel with cheap-ish rooms and wi-fi.

Not only did we know we were arriving on Saturday, we also knew Sunday was election day, but everyone we’d spoken to said it would be no problem and we found the capital to be very chilled out. Depending on how long it took to get our Ghana visas, we knew we could be in town for a while, so Sunday was spent wandering without any real urgency or purpose – although we did locate the Ghanaian embassy and various other, more touristical points of interest before the midday heat got the better of us.

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