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Bobo-Dioulasso is the second biggest city in Burkina Faso and is the cultural and musical heart of the country. It is located in the central western part of Burkina and is easily reached from Ouagadougou, the capital being 350 kilometes away, by bus. Bobo Dioulasso is one of the best cities in the country to visit and is famous for its nightlife.
The city is also known for its Djembé music that originally came from this region. There are several more options if you are a culture freak, like the Provincial Museum de Houët, where you can find necklesses, statues, masks and tradition clothing. In the garden of the museum you can find some original huts of local tribes. In the old part of town (called Ibidwe) is the Grand Mosque, dating back to 1880. It is a star attraction and a good example of Sudanese mudbrick architecture. Great souvenirs are to be found at the big and colourful market 'Le Grande Marché', which is fantastic and a great way to meet people and watch the cultural diversity and colourfulness of the people.
Otherwise known as Waga Hip Hop, this annual festival is one of the biggest of its kind in West Africa. This celebration of urban cultures is usually held in mid-October, attracting thousands of international artists and media. In addition to hip hop, the festival also celebrates beat-boxing and other forms of vocal tunes not only in Ouagadouga, but in other cities such as Bobo-Dioulasso, Koudougou, Fada N’Gourma, and Pô.
Held in Ouagadougou and Bobo, the Jazz Festival of Burkina Faso features some of the biggest names in music on the continent. It is marked by performances from established names, as well as rising stars.
Bobo-Dioulasso is hot yearround. The hottest months are March to May, when average daytime temperatures are around 36 degrees Celcius and nights rarely drop below 25º. Temperatures are known to have reached well over 45 °C though. The wet season lasts from the end of May well into September, early October. Although temperatures are a bit lower, the high humidity makes this time even more severe to travel around. From December to February is the driest period of the year, but at this time the hot, dry and dusty Harmattan wind can make things feel uncomfortable. As you see, it can become difficult to choose a certain time of year, as there is almost always either heat, humidity/rainfall or dusty winds, or sometimes a combination. November might be the best month, when the rains are over, the Harmattan has to start and temperatures are not at their highest.
Domestic services are with Air Burkina to and from the capital Ouagadougou.
There is a daily service between Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, but services can be crowded and uncomfortable.
Buses and minibuses travel to several cities and towns, including Ouagadougou.
International connections include Bobo-Dioulasso to Hamale (Ghana), and Bobo-Dioulasso to Mopti taking 15 hours (Mali).
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