Bakaara is one of the larger maps in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It is set in an urban environment of the shore with many buildings that can be accessed. There are multiple streets and back ways that contain medium to long lines of sight. The streets have many crashed vehicles on them, offering decent cover. The two main spawns are at the top of the hill (at a gentle slope) that this map is set on, and at the docks on the other side of the map. Near the middle of the map is a courtyard with a crashed Black Hawk which has a mounted minigun that can be used to hold down that area of the map, but is wide open to enemy fire. Tactically, the minigun is risky. It offers a considerably decent field of fire on the main approach, but one can easily be killed without team support. The minigun is not present in Infected, however, for balance reasons.
Bakaara is an actual location in Mogadishu, Somalia and the site of the first Black Hawk crash during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, and the 2001 movie Black Hawk Down that was based on the event.
There are four teddy bears on this map, three of them being ripped in half. One is on the floor in the small building next to the B flag in Domination, while the other two are located on shelves in a small blue building overlooking the middle road, near the Africa Militia spawn. One is also located in the blue-rimmed building on a shelf in the middle of the map.
There is 2D smoke located near the port, located outside the map.
A rare glitch can occur while playing this map in Survival where the players will spawn with two Frag Grenades.
Another, more common Survival glitch involves enemies magically transporting from the ground to the balconies of the house beside the crashed helicopter, if the player camps on said house or on the construction site across it. The same glitch occurs on the house across the Air Support laptop. The glitch can transport any enemies, from attack dogs to Armored Juggernauts, and can potentially end a game prematurely if the players have their backs uncovered. To avoid or mitigate its effects, fill the balconies with Claymores or C4.
When playing Infected, attempting to camp on top of the downed copter's blades will automatically kill the player. This was done to stop players from hiding there indefinitely.
Various sound effects can be heard around the map, including a dog barking, heavy weapon fire, and jets occasionally flying overhead.
Near the house with the balcony is a patch of water, if a care package lands or ricochets there the package will disappear.