on the road
Dori Travel Blog› entry 39 of 50 › view all entries
We made it from Ouaga to Dori in just over 4 hours, with a stop in Kaya for lunch and another in a village just beyond Bani to say hi to Hama's family. I'm not used to travelling by car, but it can certainly be nice. And you really need one if you want to travel north of Dori.
When we got to Dori, there was no electricity. Which is quite common in Burkina Faso nowadays, even in big cities like Ouaga and Bobo. Apparantly the electricity supply in francophone West Africa is arranged by some French company. Ghana could supply all of West Africa with electricity, but as they are anglophone, this company would not make a profit if Burkina bought their electricity from Ghana. So they have to buy it from Ivory Coast, which doesn't even have enough for itself. Leading to frequent cuts. All the time we spent in Dori, they only had electricity at night (so at least we did not pay for an A/C room for no reason). There was also no running water at the hotel, though luckily in the evening they did have water in the courtyard so we could fill up a bucket to have a shower.
No electricity meant no cold drinks in the pubs either. Warm beer is not so nice ;) So we drove out to Yakouta, which isn't on the power grid anyway, so the campement there has a fridge powered by solar power. It was really nice to be back there. We sat by the lake and played cards whilst drinking nice cold drinks. The people from the campement thanked us for coming, but we should thank them for offering this luxury.