Category: Mali

Mali: conclusions and tips

12 days; 35C temperature; 2 visas; 1 trek; Traveled by plane, jeep, ferry and pinasse; Tons of dust eaten; Hundreds of kids-pictures taken. What I liked MOST Its different Mali tribes, with their colorful costumes; Mali ’s colorful markets, where all the tribes meet to sell and exchange their products; Its unique mud architecture; Sunsets from Niger …

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Hiking on the Land of Dogons (Cliff of Bandigara)

After some busy cities, it was time for some trekking in rural Mali. The Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons) is located about 80 km east of Mopti.  It is a dramatic sandstone cliff, up to 500 metres high and 150 km long, with a high plateau above and sandy semi-desert plains below. This 3-day …

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On the way to Tombouctou . .

From Mopti there are two ways to go to Tombouctou: by pinasse following the Niger River (three-day journey) or by jeep through a 370km bad road crossing the desert. We chose the second one. At the beginning the journey the road was not boring, we crossed colorful donkey caravans driven by Mauris. They were transporting salt from …

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Exploring the cities of Segou and Mopti

After one full day visiting the main sights of the capital we left Bamako direction to Segou and Mopti. Segou is the capital of Bambaras. According to the tradition, Segou was founded by the Bambaras, who were coming from the North escaping from the war. During the XVIIIth century Segou became the center of its …

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Djenné’s mud Mosque and market

One of the highlights of any trip to Mali is Djenné’s mud Mosque but its market, at the foot of this huge construction, is as interesting as the mosque itself. Djenné is located on the shore of Bani River so you need a ferry to reach the city. Built on a little hill, it’s also known as …

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Next stop: Mali!

The plane landed to Bamako, Mali’s capital and also its richest and busiest city, in the middle of the night. I had not heard much about this city before so I did not have many expectations. Anyway that day we did not see that much apart from an airport which was a disaster. Located on …

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