Hunting in Burkina Faso

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6 hunting trips from 1 outfitter starting from $9,253

6 hunts
$9,253 starting from
9 animals
8193km to the nearest trip

Why Burkina Faso

Hunting in Burkina Faso: Hunt a wide variety of West African species

Hunt a wide variety of West African species

Burkina Faso has good populations of sought-after game, including West African savanna buffalo, western roan, and western hartebeest

Hunting in Burkina Faso: It’s an off-the-beaten track safari destination

It’s an off-the-beaten track safari destination

Very few hunters—and even fewer tourists!—have ever visited this fascinating African country

Hunting in Burkina Faso: Experience a wilderness hunt with a twist

Experience a wilderness hunt with a twist

The country is true wilderness but hunting camps are permanent and comfortable, with air conditioning, swimming pools, and excellent French cuisine

About hunting in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a western African country once known as the Kingdom of Ouagadougou, later as French West Africa, and still later as Upper Volta; it was renamed Burkina Faso in 1984. Burkina Faso has excellent populations of west African game animals, including western roan antelope, sing-sing waterbuck, western kob, western hartebeest, bohor reedbuck, oribi, west African savanna buffalo, Grimm duiker, warthogs, and harnessed bushbuck. There are large numbers of elephants and a good population of lions, neither of which are currently huntable. Leopards, cheetah, caracal, and spotted hyenas are also seen. Burkina Faso has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons. In the rainy season, May through September, the country receives between 24 and 35 inches of rainfall; in the dry season, a hot, dry wind called the harmattan blows in from the Sahara Desert. December to February, when the climate is at is most pleasant, is the best time to hunt. Burkina Faso is primarily a destination for hunting buffalo and antelope, with large, unfenced hunting concessions managed by outfitters who are usually French professional hunters and members of the Association des Chasseurs Professionnels.

What you need to know

  • 1. Planning your trip
  • 2. Upon arrival
  • 3. Hunting
  • 4. After the hunt

Planning your trip

Visas

Visas are required for visiting Burkina Faso, and the visa application process takes some time, so it should be started several months before your trip. You will need to complete and sign two application forms, which will include the address where you will be staying in Burkina Faso, and this must be accompanied by two passport photos, a copy of your round-trip airline tickets, and a fee of $100 for U.S. citizens.

Health considerations

Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers to Burkina Faso all year round. A WHO Yellow Fever Certificate is also required. Vaccinations are strongly recommended for diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, rabies, and typhoid.

Firearm Import Requirements

It’s important to submit your firearm import paperwork well in advance. The outfitter will make the application on your behalf, but you need to submit all the required information well ahead of time. A maximum of two firearms and 50 rounds of ammunition, is permitted, and there is a fee of 50 Euros per firearm to obtain a permit. No handguns or semiautomatic firearms are permitted. To apply, you will need a copy of your passport details page and proof of ownership of the firearm (US Customs Form 4457 is accepted).

Upon arrival

Most hunters arrive in the capital, Ouagadougou, via an Air France flight from Paris. Your outfitter or a representative should meet you at customs to help you clear your firearm, which is rarely a problem as long as all paperwork has been handled in advance. From the airport, you will likely have a several-hour drive to the hunting area. Most professional hunters here are French-speaking.

Hunting

Hunting is conducted safari-style, and temperatures during the hunting day can be very hot, reaching 100 degrees or more at midday. The terrain is dry savanna with bushes and small woodland areas that can be quite thick. Most of the hunting areas have numerous water holes, which draw buffalo and antelope.

Clothing and Gear

Dark green or brown clothing is best, as are boots with soft soles for quiet stalking. Camo is allowed, but you should wear it only while hunting and not while traveling. You’ll only need a couple of changes of clothing as laundry is done daily at most camps. Bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunblock, and good optics.

Rifles

Most professional hunters recommend rifles in the .300-caliber family for plains game and .375 for dangerous game, but the most important thing is to bring a rifle you are familiar with and can shoot well. Handguns and semiautomatic rifles are not allowed in Burkina Faso.

After the hunt

As in most safari camps, tips are appreciated; in addition to the professional hunter, tracker(s), driver, and skinner(s), there are usually staff members at camp who handle cooking and cleaning and other chores and help to make a hunter’s stay pleasant. The professional hunter or outfitter can advise the hunter how much is appropriate to tip each staff member. Euros may be more widely accepted than US dollars.

Typically, animals are skinned at the safari headquarters and all skins are cleaned and salted; skulls and horns are cleaned and buried in salt. After a couple of days, the skins are hung to dry, cleaned once more, and folded and stored in a skinning shed. Skulls will be cleaned and placed on a rack. Before leaving camp, it’s a good idea to ensure the skulls and skins are properly tagged with the hunter’s name and contact information.

At the end of the season, trophies will be taken to a taxidermist for professional cleaning and dipping, which is required for export. The taxidermist then contacts the hunter for instructions regarding preparation and shipment, and to arrange payment for these services. The taxidermist then contacts a shipping agent, who will handle the permits and shipping to the hunter’s home country, again after contacting the hunter. Hunters should check the latest regulations in order to make arrangements in advance if they are hunting species that require CITES permits or special export or import permits from the hunter’s home country. Many export and import requirements for these species have undergone dramatic changes in the past few years.

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Western Savanna Buffalo & Antelope 2x1

Western Savanna Buffalo & Antelope 2x1 Burkina Faso

The package includes 7 days hunt for 2 hunter with daily fees in full as well as one Western Savannah Buffalo trophy and one additional trophy (Western Kob or Nigerian Bohor Reedbuck) per hunter. Hunting itinerary: Day 1 - arrive in Ouagadougou (capital of Burkina Faso) Day 2 - drive to hunting concession (± 5 hours) Day 3 - 6 - hunting days Day 7 - depart from hunting concession to Ouagadougou and catch your outbound flight the same evening Typical hunting day: Get up at 05h00, breakfast at 05h30 and leave at 06h00 (times vary according to trophies hunted) Drive to concession (25 minutes) and start to hunt Lunch at river in the bush with hippos around 11h00 (depending on temperature) Leave lunch spot around 14h30 and carry on hunting Normally back at the lodge around 18h30

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 1 January 2020 1 April 2020

$18,647 for 2 hunters
Western Savanna Buffalo Hunt 2x1

Western Savanna Buffalo Hunt 2x1 Burkina Faso

The package includes 7 days hunt for 2 hunter with daily fees in full as well as fees for 2 Western Savanna Buffalo. Hunting itinerary: Day 1 - arrive in Ouagadougou (capital of Burkina Faso) Day 2 - drive to hunting concession (± 5 hours) Day 3 - 6 - hunting days Day 7 - depart from hunting concession to Ouagadougou and catch your outbound flight the same evening Typical hunting day: Get up at 05h00, breakfast at 05h30 and leave at 06h00 (times vary according to trophies hunted) Drive to concession (25 minutes) and start to hunt Lunch at river in the bush with hippos around 11h00 (depending on temperature) Leave lunch spot around 14h30 and carry on hunting Normally back at the lodge around 18h30

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 1 January 2020 1 April 2020

$15,922 for 2 hunters
Western Savanna Buffalo Hunt 1x1

Western Savanna Buffalo Hunt 1x1 Burkina Faso

The package includes 7 days hunt for 1 hunter with daily fees in full as well as one western savanna buffalo. Hunting itinerary: Day 1 - arrive in Ouagadougou (capital of Burkina Faso) Day 2 - drive to hunting concession (± 5 hours) Day 3 - 6 - hunting days Day 7 - depart from hunting concession to Ouagadougou and catch your outbound flight the same evening Typical hunting day: Get up at 05h00, breakfast at 05h30 and leave at 06h00 (times vary according to trophies hunted) Drive to concession (25 minutes) and start to hunt Lunch at river in the bush with hippos around 11h00 (depending on temperature) Leave lunch spot around 14h30 and carry on hunting Normally back at the lodge around 18h30

Trip duration: 7 days

Hunting season: 1 January 2020 1 April 2020

$9,253 for 1 hunter
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