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!).
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