The members of
The Association includes both the guides and other players in the area's growing tourist industry, such as leather-workers, weavers, musicians, and restaurant owners. Its goals are:
of Tourist Ecoguides/Ecosystem Protection
are ready to welcome you !
- to promote ecotourism, especially in the Province of Tapoa
- to provide environmental education to both local residents and tourists
The headquarters of the AEGT/PE, like those of the W National Park of Burkina, are in Diapaga. Contact
, president of the association. Tel: +226 70 70 39 00.
W National Park. Tel :+ 226 40 79 10 33
Partner NGOs such as African Wildlife Federation, ACRA , and ECOPAS have invested heavily in training the guides, with funding from the European Union. Sidwaya (the Burkinabè government newspaper) featured the guides in 2010.
The guides of AEGT/PE :
- Abga Bourêma (specializes in birding; speaks some English)
- Tankoano Tadioa (birds; speaks some English)
- Ouaba Souguilimpo Pascal
- Yonli Diégou Allassane (botany)
- Miyemba Lombo
- It's required, both for your safety and to maintain the integrity of the ecosystem and the archaeological remains.
- You’re here to see wildlife, and he is trained to spot even the best-camouflaged animals.
- The roads are not well marked. If your driver isn't a local, he may not know them well.
- He can speed up formalities like border crossings.
- He knows not only where lodgings are, but which ones are open.
- He knows whether it’s safe to eat the salad.
- He can handle most of your travel arrangements – making your reservations both in the parks and in the cities, meeting you at the airport, finding a dependable car and driver.
- He can translate between French, Mooré, Gourmantchema, and other languages.
- He can introduce you to people and cultures you might otherwise just drive by without seeing.
Caution! Most of the guides -- like most people in Burkina Faso -- do not speak English, so brush up your French.