Flights to Ouahigouya Ouahigouya is one of the largest cities in Burkina Faso, and it is located in the northern region of the country. It’s the capital city of Yatenga Province and has a population over 120,000. French is commonly spoken in Ouahigouya as well as local languages such as Mandinka.
The local Ouahigouya Airport (airport code: OUG) doesn’t handle any international air traffic so any flights to Ouahigouya are better planned to arrive in the capital of Ouagadougou instead. It’s about 170km away and the Ouagadougou Airport (code: OUA) has several options. From South Africa, Kenya Airways will have one stop-over in Nairobi but South African Airways has connections in Accra as well as in Lome. You can go another way with Arik Air, and their flight to Ouahigouya stops in Lagos and Dakar.
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The Tourist Attractions of Ouahigouya:
The full official name for this protected area is the Sylvo-Pastoral and Partial Faunal Reserve of the Sahel, and it is the largest such park in Burkina Faso. If you are in the park during the rainy season, there are lakes in the north-east that will be filled with migrating water birds. The lakes dry up completely during the rest of the year though.
Naaba Kango’s Tomb
This large white monument marks the tomb of one of the old Mossi kingdom chiefs, Naaba Kango. He ruled in the late 1700s. The tomb is not a huge spot, but it sits in a small city park and is considered one of the main city sights.
There is a very large fruit and vegetable market to the north of downtown Ouahigouya, and a great place to see a lively side of the city’s atmosphere. It’s mostly fresh or dried produce on sale but there are a few vendors that offer other wares. You should be able to find a souvenir or two, or at least get some fruit for a snack.
Ouagadougou makes a great day-trip from Ouahigouya, and there is a main highway between the two cities so the drive should be easy. The National Museum is there, and so is the more specialised Museum of Music. Both have excellent collections of historical and cultural artefacts from around Burkina Faso.
You will need the proper paperwork to cross the border in to Mali, but many tour operators that offer excursions into Dogon territory work out of Ouahigouya. These traditional and rural people live in carved cliff-side homes and are well-known for their mask carving skills. Tours of their territory are popular cultural attractions in Mali as a way of seeing some very unique people and lifestyles.
When Should You Visit?:
All months of the year are hot in Ouahigouya, so you should be prepared for some extreme heat even in their “coolest” seasons. And those are July through September, and then again in December and January. That time of the year will be around 33C (91F) in the daytime. The first of these periods is also when it will be a little rainy. For higher heat, avoid April and May when it commonly reaches 40C (104F).