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MALI


Location - West Africa; Capital - Bamako; Population - 13 million; Currency - CFA Franc

The Burkina Faso-Mali bus dropped me off in Mopti, in April 2003.

 

malinoteThe West African CFA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali1The mud-built Misire mosque in Mopti

 

 

mali2Tablets of salt arrive in Mopti from Taoudenni and Timbuktu via the Niger river

 

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mali3Loading and unloading pirogues at Mopti's port on the Bani river

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali5Pirogues and pinasses on the Bani river at Mopti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali7Pottery for sale in Mopti

 

 

 

mali8The fish market at Mopti port

 

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mali10Sarasenni's mud-built mosque, a short pirogue ride from Mopti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali11Children of Sarasenni, a Fulani village on the banks of the Niger, with my boatsman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali13The villagers of Nyomi, a Bozo village close to Sarasenni

 

 

mali14En route from Mopti to Timbuktu.
It took about 22 hours by public transport, crossing rivers in glorified rafts and resting in a hut at night.
A direct 4x4 can do the trip in 8 hours, but without the memories..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali17'Welcome to Timbuktu, city of 333 saints'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali15The 16th century Sankore mosque in Timbuktu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali16Posing for a photo in Timbuktu

 

 

mali18Baking bread in Timbuktu

 

 

mali20The 14th century Dyingerey Ber mosque in Timbuktu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali19In the courtyard of the Dyingerey Ber mosque, Timbuktu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali21The Flame of Peace, a monument to the Tuareg rebellion in the 1990's, Timbuktu

 

 

mali22This is the well of Bouctou. Bouctou was an elder who oversaw the settlement. Tim (or tom) means 'well' hence the name Tombouctou, or Timbuktu

 

 

mali25Camel ride into the Sahara, Timbuktu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali27A Tuareg settlement in the Sahara, Timbuktu. The Tuareg are a nomadic Saharan people

 

 

mali28Bandiagara is a base for venturing out to Dogon country.
The Dogon have their own culture and religion, and live along the Bandiagara escarpment
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On the left are sun-baked mud bricks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali29The mud-brick granaries at Djiguibombo, Dogon country

 

 

mali30At the back is a meeting place for elders, called a togu-na, in Djiguibombo

 

 

mali32The Bandiagara escarpment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali33Kani-Kombole is a village at the bottom of the Bandiagara escarpment

For more about Dogon country click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali34The village market at Kani-Kombole

 

 

mali35The mud-brick mosque at Kani-Kombole

 

 

mali38Sleeping on the roof at Teli - a lot cooler than spending the night inside.
At the base of the escarpment are former dwellings of the Tellem people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali40The Dogon village of Teli - a mosque is in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali41Dogon women chewing on kola nuts, Teli

 

 

mali43The Grand Mosque in Djenne, the largest mud-brick building in the world and an amazing sight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali44The wooden juts form the structure of the mosque, and act as supports when the building is repaired after the rainy season, Djenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali45The Grand Mosque, Djenne

 

 

 

mali46A great view from the roof of my Djenne hotel..

 

 

mali47Though the room was, erm.., basic.
Nice and cool in the day but a sweat-box on a Summer night, Djenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali48Many of the houses in Djenne are also mud-brick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali49The quiet streets of Djenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mali50Snake skins and monkey heads are on sale at Bamako's fetish market

 

 

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LINKS

www.officetourisme-mali.com

www.friendsofmali.org

www.malimystere.com - a local Mali tour agency recommended by a friend of mine

 

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