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The Black Volta Region of Burkina Faso is in the southwest of the country.


Map of Black Volta Region
  • 1 Banfora — home to the famous Banfora Cascades 
  • 2 Bobo Dioulasso — the nation's second largest city is a major center of culture and music
  • 3 Dédougou — hosts a biennial festival of masks
  • 4 Diebougou Diébougou on Wikipedia — an important market town that has a range of crafts, including pottery and basket work
  • 5 Douroula Douroula on Wikipedia — host one of the five sites of ancient iron metallurgy in Burkina Faso classified as World Heritage by UNESCO
  • 6 Gaoua — gateway to the ruins of Loropéni 
  • 7 Orodara — capital for the Siamou ethnic group
  • 8 Sindou – famous for the Pics de Sindou sandstone formations
  • 9 Tougan Tougan on Wikipedia — close to the Sourou River (hippopotamuses), the Dounkou crocodile pond, and the granite cave and pyramid of Dio

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  • 1 Deux Balés National Park Deux Balés National Park on Wikipedia — home to baobab trees, hippopotamuses, and crocodiles
  • 2 Mare aux Hippopotames Mare aux Hippopotames on Wikipedia — the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Burkina Faso is home to about 100 hippos; it is about 60 km north of Bobo-Dioulasso,
  • 3 Ruins of Loropéni Ruins of Loropéni on Wikipedia — Medieval UNESCO World Heritage site with extensive ruins of a 1000-year-old fortress 40 km west of Gaoua


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Dômes de Fabédougou near Banfora are great dome-shaped sandstone formations near the Karfiguéla Falls.

The Grande Mosquée in Bobo-Dioulasso is a fine example of Sahel-style mud architecture.

Dédougou hosts a festival of masks in even-numbered years. For several days, representatives from all regions of Burkina Faso parade wearing the traditional masks of the country.

The Lobi "villages" around Gaoua are mini-fortresses scattered around the countryside.

Ancient ferrous metallurgy sites[edit]

Five sites with ancient iron mines and furnaces around Burkina Faso have been listed as a world heritage site. Two of them are in the Black Volta Region (the other three are in North Burkina Faso):

  • 1 Békuy Site (northeast of Satiri along the N10 highway).
  • 2 Douroula site (northeast of Dédougou).




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