Burkina Faso has a primarily tropical climate with two very distinct seasons: the rainy season with between 24-35 inches (600 and 900 mm) of rainfall, and the dry season during which the harmattan blows, a hot dry wind from the Sahara. The rainy season lasts approximately 4 months, May/ June to September, and is shorter in the north of the country.
Some of the best wildlife areas in West Africa are found in north Benin, where Pendjari National Park and W National Park are located. The best time to see the Pendjari National Park’s wildlife is towards the end of the dry season. The park is accessible to travellers and accommodation is available. W National Park is located in Benin’s far north, and stretches across Burkina Faso and Niger.
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The town itself has a lively Sunday market, with plenty of goods from nearby Côte d’Ivoire – heaps of bananas, pineapples and great ceramics and textiles.
You’ll have plenty to do during the day in and around the city – hire a moped to see the surrounding sights – but save some energy for nighttime to enjoy Bobo’s thriving live-music scene and excellent restaurants.