Wild Africa is a dazzling though sometimes unappreciated destination. A continent known for its myriad of cultures and languages, arid deserts, tropical savanna, unbelievable mountains, wild flora and fauna and diamonds. One of its most interesting and well hidden diamonds lies in Burkina Faso, West Africa and it is called Tiébélé. A village of 17,500 inhabitants with a rich cultural heritage.
Tourists from all over the world come to see its unique constructions made of mud with sui generis decorative work on their facades. (All Tiébélé painted houses photos were taken by photographer Rita Willaert)
The houses are made entirely of local materials: earth, wood and straw and are designed with no windows except for a small hole or two, big enough to let some natural light in.
The women of Tiébélé are responsible for making the decorative work based on traditional motifs of everyday life which are then coated with a natural varnish that helps protect the walls from mother nature.
WOW Travel was here and invites you all to visit Africa… far and desolate yet richly blessed.
Special Thanks to photographer Rita Willaert, who took all these wonderful images.