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“Nice Getaway in the Bush” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Reserve de Nazinga

Reserve de Nazinga
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Ouagadougou
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Owner description: The wildlife protection policies of this game park, run by Canadian environmentalists, directly contribute to the healthy elephant population of Burkina Faso.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice Getaway in the Bush”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

Nazinga Ranch is quite a long drive from Ouagadougou. The paved portion of the trip is easy and uneventful, but once you make the turn in Po, that all changes. The dirt roads are half the journey but take 80% of the travel time. Once you make it to the entrance of the Park you must pay a fee to enter (roughly 10,000 cfa or $20). There are different rates for those who speak no French and cannot convince the guard that they live in Burkina. There is a car charge and a camera charge as well. I have no idea how well the camera charge is enforced and we were never once asked for receipts in the reserve and nobody searched our car to determine if we had more cameras then we paid for. Once inside the park we saw elephants and baboons along the side of the road. After the 1.5 hour long (40km) trek past the park entrance to the actual ranch there were even more animals around the water hole.
The accommodations at the park are dismal. There is no A/C and electricity is only on for 4 hours starting at 1800. The restaurant has food, but it is a you get what we serve or managed to kill that day, kind of menu. The food is terrific, but the drinks are warm. It is hotter in the rooms than outside, but you can light a fire and sit around it. A flashlight is mandatory because it gets very dark at night. It is kind of neat to go to the observation deck at night and spotlight some animals across the water hole. You can see antelope, wart hogs, monkeys, baboons, crocodile, and my wife swears she saw a hyena. The elephants and baboons went right through the camp site and it was quite an experience. It was not crowded and while our safari got cut short, it was nice while it lasted. We saw lots of animals and got some great pictures. The rooms were fairly inexpensive (15,000 cfa), and for a bit of extra money they will keep the generators running for a few more hours. If you stay in the park, bring a sheet and wet it, ring it out, and sleep under it. You will sleep much better.
I wish I would have stayed at the hotel just outside the park. It has A/C and it does not cut the power out in the middle of the night. They serve all three meals and it is not terribly far from the ranch where they have the safari guides. It also comparably priced for much more amenities.
All the numbers I could find online were bad. I have included the only number I could find that worked.

Visited March 2013
7 Thank OuagaGuy
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70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“The place to see elephants”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

Comfortable cases, nothing fancy, basic food at the restaurant - but the chance to see elephants in large quantity! There is other wild life there but the elephants are the reasons why one goes there!

2 Thank Metravellingagain
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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3 reviews
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“So unique”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

Nazinga was a one of a kind experience. The elephants came right up to our bungalows. I loved that it was secluded, but very comfortable. We also saw baboons, Koba, warthogs, and crocodiles. We woke up to the elephants bathing in the lake. Very lovely.

Visited February 2013
5 Thank Sarah M
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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

First of all, when you think of an African safari most people picture the kind of safari seen in East or South Africa. Burkina Faso does have great wildlife, but it is not as abundant and there is far less diversity in the kinds of animals. Elephants are the largest animals that you can see and the best time to view them in from around January to early March. The dry season is when they congregate to the watering hole. The guides are quick to see animals off in the distance, and are very friendly - they are used to numerous guests. The funny thing is that you almost always see more elephants when entering the park and at the major watering hole than on an actual morning or evening safari!

There is a hotel just outside the park and there in one inside the park. Both run generators at night, but the hotel outside of the park has A/C and fans and the generators are on from 6:00pm to 2:00am. The inside hotel only has fans and the generators are on from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, which is really when no one is sleeping yet! They hotel on the outside has a small, semi-clean pool, but good food. the hotel on the inside has no pool, but the food is better, but drinks are not always cold. The advantages to staying on the inside are: easy access to viewing the major watering hole, and quick access to guides to go on the safaris. I would highly recommend a mosquito net (I would tuck in under your mattress to keep critters out), a flashlight, insect repellent, and if it is hot a scarf that you can get wet to drape over your neck, shoulders, and arms (it is like a mini-A/C - really!).

Visited March 2013
6 Thank Megan H
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Elephants in the Savannah Bush”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

You can see elephants, it's a very interesting view, especially when they are drinking at the water pool

Thank Simonebar
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