Djibo: Oasis du Sahel

 

BASICS

 

Cultural atmosphere and local geography:

Djibo is pretty dry and dusty, with a lake. The population is predominantly Peul and thus Fulfulde is predominantly spoken and élévage is important. This is the capital of the Soum province. There is a substantial Mossi population with some others sprinkled in (Karumba, Bella).

 

How to get there and away:

From Ouaga, you can go almost directly north through Kongoussi, which is shorter but unpaved the whole way (STAF), or go through Ouahigouya (Ouaga-OHG is paved, but OHG-Djibo is not) and change busses there (STMB, SOGEBAF). 4000 CFA one way; 7000 CFA round trip.

 

 

Places to stay :

 

 

Post Office:

Open M-F 7:30 – 12 and 15:00 – 17:00, Saturday 7:30 – 12.

 

Internet:

Nothin’ yet

 

SHOPPING

 

Marché:

Daily, relatively large and in the middle of town. Wednesday is marché day: there is a large animal market, vegetable selection is great, and the town is very crowded. The faux type factor is low

 

 

Boutiques:

There are typical boutiques around the town but the largest are:

 

Tailors

 

 

FOOD

 

Restaurants:

There are a few kiosques around (notably Kiosque Beldal and Kiosque Soutien) and meat is plentiful. Also:

 

Street food and snacks:

There are little “benga lady” operations around the marché; typically they offer benga, rice and sauce, and tô. Also:

 

RECREATION

 

Bars:

 

Other activities

There are some movie places—a popular one is one block east of the marché

 

Tourism:

There is a traditional healer not too far from Djibo