Dogon Country

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We had a continental breakfast in the courtyard of the Motel Severe. The bread in Mali, always baguettes, is wonderful! Then we hired ourselves an accredited guide (no escaping that) and set off for Dogon country. The Dogon area is the most visited in Mali. To quote the Bradt Travel Guide, “There are about 350,000 […]


The Great Mosque is the largest mud building in the world
and a Unesco World Heritage Site

We left Bamako at 5am on Tuesday for Bandiagari via Djenne. Mali is full of surprises and the area around Djenne was certainly one of them. There are huge wetlands/floodplains where rice is grown. They also seem to grow millet everywhere and some maize. The cattle are very handsome too. Djenne is on an island […]

Bamako at last!

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Two crazy people We were told to be ready at 5.30am the next morning. To our horror we got a call at 4.50am to ask us where we were! We threw our things into our cases like two crazy people and hurried down, me with wet hair and no make-up. Upon arrival at the airport […]

A false start

Can you see Ian standing around awaiting developments?

Well, what a disastrous start to ‘The Big Adventure’! The Air Ivoire flight was cancelled without them giving any reason—in fact, their representative took forever to get to the airport to tell us what was going on. Then, to cap it all, he didn’t seem to have a clue either! First he gave everyone a piece […]

Mali fast facts


Population: 12.7 million (UN, 2008) Religions: Muslim 90% (mostly Sunni), Indigenous 9%, Christian 1% Languages: French (official), Bambara (80%), Berber, Arabic Life expectancy: 47 Literacy: 31 Main exports: cotton (50% – largest producer in Africa), gold, livestock Independence: 22 Sept 1960 (from France) Seasons: hot (Oct to Feb); very hot (Apr to June); wet (July […]

Proposed itinery for Mali trip


  Sun 25 Oct  Fly to Bamako via Abijan (Ivory Coast/Cote d’Ivoire) – arrive 13.35. Spend night in company guest house or at the Royal Hotel. Mon 26 Oct  5am-6am departure for Bandiagara via Djenne. Spend night in Bandiagara. Tues 27 Oct  6am departure for Banani, Ireli, Amani, Tireli and Sangha. Overnight in Bandiagara again. Wed […]