Dogon Dancers
 
Mali
Flag of Mali
Facts
Area:
1,240,192 km²
Population:
11,500,000 (1997)
Capital:
Bamako
Languages:
French, Bambara
Religions:
Muslim 80%, traditional beliefs 18%
Currency:
1 CFA franc = 100 centimes

 

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Our Thoughts

Mali is the must-see of Western Africa. Sites include the Dogon villages, Djenne' markets and the Tuareg of Timbuktu.

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Itinerary
Trip 2001
November 2 After camping at Kayes, we drive through the remote settlements of Nioro and Diema.
November 3-5 We visit Bamako, Mali's capital, which has an excellent market and West African Museum. Then we drive to Djenne, the oldest Saharan trading town. Djenne was the capital of the 11th century Soninke Kingdom. Djenne's 'great mud mosque' is a famous site, still surrounded by a turmoil of yelling, haggling, and jostling between dealers and customers.
November 6-9 Next, we travel by a pirogue trip up the Niger River to Mopti, the 'Venice of Mali.'
November 10-13 From Mopti we drive a landrover to the legendary town of Timbuktu, which translates as the 'forbidden city.' After a relaxing camel ride in Timbuktu, we head south to Bandiagara.
November 14-17 In Bandiagara is the home of the Dogon people. The Dogon have lived in this area since 500 BC and their civilization has survived to the present day. We will trek around the Bandiagara Escarpment from village to village to gain an insight into the lives and customs of the Dogon.
   
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