Fort Richmond Safaris

Things to do near
Fort Richmond

  • Go on a day trip to the third most visited spot in South Africa: an extra-ordinary man-made hole – the largest in the world – dug to excavate diamonds in the historic town of Kimberley.

  • Take a glimpse into the past with a trip to historic war sites and museums in the region.

  • Speak with your host to arrange the animal encounter of your dreams: a ride on an elephant, a walk with lions or a view of the Big 5 from behind a camera.

  • Organize a fishing or diving excursion to the Aliwal Shoal near Durban.

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West African Savannah Buffalo Hunting
in Burkina Faso (West Africa)

— Hunt West African Savannah Buffalo,
— Hunt rare and prestigious species such as the Western Roan Antelope, Major Hartebeest, Defassa Waterbuck, Buffon’s or Western Kob, Bohor or Nagor Reedbuck, Harnessed Bushbuck ...
—experience the thrill of hunting truly wild Lion by tracking, no baiting ...

Burkina Faso means "country of honest men" and was formerly known as "Haute-Volta" under the French Colonial Empire. Like many of the former French colonies in Africa, Burkina Faso is one of the safest countries on the African continent where hunting and tourism thrive thanks to continued peace and a secure economy. Burkina Faso has become one of the principal destinations for small and big game hunting in West Africa.

Burkina Faso is home to a dense animal population including many rare and prestigious species such as the Western Roan Antelope (Hippotragus Equinus), one of the most beautiful and biggest antelope in West Africa. West African Savannah Buffalo, (Syncerus Caffer Aequinoctialis) one of the major hunting attractions in the country, are found in large numbers, and stalking these "Little Buffalo" is often very exciting. Lion hunting in Burkina Faso is also an exciting endeavour as Lion are hunted only by tracking, not with bait as in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Burkina Faso is home to many species of antelope including Major Hartebeest, Defassa Waterbuck, Buffon's or Western Kob, Bohor or Nagor Reedbuck, Harnessed Bushbuck, Oribi, Common Duiker and Warthog. Although there is a sizable population of Elephant in Burkina Faso, they are not legal to hunt, nor is the Leopard. All the aforementioned species are found in most of the recognized hunting areas.

Hunting in Burkina Faso is done by tracking on foot, sometimes directly from the camp, but more often by driving 4x4 vehicles from the camps, then tracking on foot once in the bush. The terrain is quite flat, but hunting can at times be physically demanding.

The principal hunting areas for big game in Burkina Faso are found in the eastern part of the country close to the Benin border (another country in West Africa famous for its hunting) and in the south and southeast, close to the border with Togo. Hunting areas are accessible by road from the country's capital, Ougadougou (pronounced oo-ga-doo-goo). The roads are good and the drive to most hunting areas is 2 to 3 hours from the capital. The primary hunting areas for small game share the same territories as the big game hunting areas and extend up to the northern borders with Mali and Niger.

As in all of West and Central Africa, these sizable hunting areas in Burkina Faso are open territories, not fenced. The average area is approximately 200,000 acres. They are rented and managed by the outfitters. The actual terrain is mostly savannah with dry bush, broken up by smaller woodland areas that can be quite dense. Water is plentiful thanks to many different water points and rivers. The neighbouring parks and wildlife preserves make for dense animal population.

Our Hunting Concessions

The 260.000 ha hunting concessions Singou and Ouamou are situated in the eastern region, 350 km from Ouagadougou.

Hunting Information

Burkina Faso Hunting Season:
  • Hunting Season: December 15th to April 15th

  • The first three months, December, January and February being the most popular months for hunting safaris as they are the most comfortable.

  • Hunting may take place from 6 o'clock in the morning until 6 o'clock at night during the hunting season, no hunting is allowed at night and no hunting is allowed with artificial light.

  • The government of Burkina Faso strictly controls the minimum number of days for a hunting safari based upon the species being hunted.

  • Hunting of female, young and/or immature animals is prohibited.

  • Hunting from a vehicle is not permitted, though the vehicle can be used to reach the area from where hunting on foot can begin.

Minimum Requirements for Rifle Hunting in Burkina Faso:
  • There is no minimum calibre requirement for rifle hunting in Burkina Faso.

  • We suggest minimum calibres, .30-06 and larger for plains game, .375 H&H and larger for Lion, Buffalo and Roan.

Permits and Importation of Firearms and Ammunition into Burkina Faso:
  • Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Burkina Faso is NOT free of charge; please check with us as to the current charges, as they are based upon number of rifles, days of hunt and type of hunting safari. The process is usually quick and easy.

  • We will send you a form to fill out and return to us so that we can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Burkina Faso. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide us so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute rifle changes can cause more problems regarding the permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.

  • Clearing of firearm(s) upon entry into Burkina Faso requires that someone who works for us be present.

  • There is a limit of two firearms per hunter that may be imported into Burkina Faso.

  • A maximum of forty (40) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle.

  • Only ammunition for the specific calibre(s) you are bringing may be imported.

  • No automatic or semi-automatic firearms are allowed, except a semi-automatic shotgun for bird hunting purposes.

  • Importation of shotgun ammunition is not allowed.

  • No handguns are allowed.

Hunting Permits and Licenses:

The wildlife authorities and the government of Burkina Faso allocate quotas by species to each hunting block or hunting territory on an individual basis.

Your hunting license and permit will be applied for and obtained by us well prior to your arrival, please check with us as to the current charges or if the cost of this paperwork is already included in the price of your hunt. You will be required to provide two loose passport photos which will be used to complete your hunting license upon arrival at the airport.
The following is required regarding permits for trophy hunting in Burkina Faso:

  • Clients are only permitted to hunt animals for which a permit is issued.

  • All animals are subject to quota availability.

  • Permits must be issued prior to the hunt commencing.

  • A separate permit must be issued for each individual hunting client.

  • Clients are expected to abide by all Wildlife Hunting Regulations in Burkina Faso.


The hunting camps accommodation consists of well-equipped air-conditioned bungalows with all basic facilities and a bathroom. The well-prepared meals are served in a beautiful dining area with a swimming pool. Laundry is done daily.

Climate in Burkina Faso

The climate is characterized by high temperatures, especially at the end of the dry season. The humidity, which increases as you move south, ranges from a winter low of 12% to 45% to a rainy season high of 68% to 96%. The harmattan, a dry east wind, brings with it moments of considerable heat from March to May, when maximum temperatures range from 104°F to 119°F (40°C to 48°C); from May to October, the climate is hot and wet, and from November to March, comfortable and dry. Average annual rainfall varies from 45 in (115 cm) in the southwest to less than 10 in (25 cm) in the extreme north and northeast. The rainy season lasts from four months in the northeast to six months in the southwest, from May through October.

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Trophies available in Burkina Faso

Western Savannah Buffalo


Western Roan


Waterbuck (Defessa)


Major Hartebeest


Harnessed Bushbuck


Western Kob


Nigerian Bohor Reedbuck






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