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.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.