Around the world in Cessna 182

February 01, 2004
Bamako, Mali (GABS) to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (DFFD)

It is early Sunday morning and I am on my way to Burkina Faso. Even though it is one of the least developed African countries, Burkina Faso is still a very nice place to visit. While you will not find big cities, giant buildings, or overly developed infrastructure, the people of Burkina Faso are said to be very happy and friendly. I wonder if there is a connection there, hmmm?

Philosophy aside, as I am getting closer to the Equator, the scenery is becoming greener. I am still too close to Sahara desert so the air is more less dry (average humidity is 15-20% here), but it is getting more humid as I move more to the South.

After takeoff from Bamako, I climbed to 8,500 ft. and set the heading of 098 directly to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The weather was absolutely great, some clouds, very little wind, visibility unlimited. The area I was flying over today was relatively low and flat. I already miss the mountains.

The approach to Ouagadougou airport and the landing there were uneventful. I parked the plane next to a place that looked very much like Sonic. Fast (junk) food in Burkina Faso, here I come.

Pre flight check at the Bamako airport

Ready for a takeoff

Leaving Bamako, heading East

I don't think we are in the desert anymore Toto

Final approach to Ouagadougou airport

Sonic anyone?
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