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Review of Reserve de Nazinga

Reserve de Nazinga
Ranked #2 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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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 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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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Elephants in the Savannah Bush”
Reviewed 4 February 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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Sohar, Oman
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Reserve de Nazinga”
Reviewed 2 May 2012

Very hot in February, but we saw the elephants in the water hole, some monkeys and enjoyed the game drive. Take a game driver from your camp as there are many animals they see which you would not spot right away. Rooms not very clean, beds not comfortable at all. AC only for a few hours during the day,during night it is on.Rooms are a bit far away from the small swimming pool area. Bees in the swimming pool, so be careful.
No menu, you eat what the cook prepares. Still, the dinner was always good and you even get pudding! Breakfast is bread, jam, coffee/tea or cereal.
You have a very small entertainment area where you can sit and relax or even play cards.
Staff very friendly. You can keep some of your food in their fridge if you like. No fridge in your room.If you want to charge your cellphone, remember to do so while you eat, the only plug is in that area. Worth a visit! Loved the peacefulness. Elephants bathing was a true highlight for us.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank sanet362
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Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nazinga! An excellent adventure just 3.5 hours south of Ouagadougou”
Reviewed 25 March 2012

There were 20+ elephants at the water hole around 11 AM. We also saw several monkeys and various other types of wild life. Especially enjoyed the "rustic" bungalow sleeping quarters. Best time to visit is Feb-March. During the rainy season the elephants are deep in the bush. Best to go in the dry season. Excellent Guides.

5 Thank Ken-Ginny C
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319 reviews
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“Wildlife pure, hygienics poor”
Reviewed 10 March 2012

An absolute peaceful place to be, but the hiegenic standard is awful, electricity (including blower) is blocked at 10:00 pm and the little cabins are poorly isolated and therefore very hot.

However, to experience wildlife, it is a perfect place. Probably take some germicides, towels and insectizes with you, then the rest is livable.

Visited March 2012
1 Thank Christine F
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