Banfora trip planner

Create a fully customized day by day
itinerary for free

Itinerary planner

+ Add destination
2 adults
- +
- +
- +
Trip Planner Africa  /  Burkina Faso  /  Cascades Region  /  Banfora


Wildlife Areas · Geologic Formations · Waterfalls
Banfora is a city in south western Burkina Faso with a population of 93,750 people (2012). It is the capital of the Comoe province. The city lies south-west of Bobo-Dioulasso, on the Abidjan – Ouagadougou Railway. The Cascades de Karfiguéla are a series of waterfalls close to Banfora. As of the 2006 Census, Banfora was the fourth largest city in Burkina Faso by population.HistoryThe first settlers were the Karaboro who with the Gouin and Turkas constitute the city's main ethnic groups. They are all from the south of Burkina Faso.In 1903 the French colonialist forces created a military post at Banfora and one year later created an administrative position there. In 1905 a road was built linking Banfora to Bobo-Dioulasso and in 1931 a railway was built to the town.EconomyThe economy has grown around the sugar cane industry. The city is also an important market town and there are hotels which support a small tourism industry linked to the Cascades de Karfiguéla.TransportationThe city has a railroad station along the Abidjan – Ouagadougou Railway. As of June 2014 Sitarail operated a passenger train along the line three times a week in each direction. It is a way station for transport to and from Côte d'Ivoire as it is the last city in Burkina Faso before the border. The paved road from Bobo-Dioulasso continues to the border and cargo will often stop at Niangoloko before reaching customs.
With our custom trip planner, Burkina Faso vacations can be built around trips to Banfora and other destinations in Burkina Faso.
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Banfora

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.

Places to visit with Banfora