Mali 2009-10 - Itinerary

32k .jpg image of K and P in Mali

Ken & Patrice at hand of Fatima.

The trip

Below is a very rough sketch of my recollection of our trip to Mali. Some of the exact events may be recorded in the wrong days or missed and places may be confused. But it does provide a broad indication of the visit organised by Nouvelles Frontieres.

Wednesday 23/12: Brussels to Paris Orly. Flight to Bamako. Late arrival. Met by guide Aly and driver Ada. Night in hotel.
Thursday 24/12: Bamako - Ségou - San (430 Km, 7h). Lunch Ségou. Visits to various bambara, sekoro and bobo villages. Dinner and night in Teriya Hotel.
Friday 25/12: San and inter-river region (130 km, 3 h). Ferry. Visit bambara, bobo and peul villages. Picnic lunch. Meeting with head of village and afternoon of traditional dances. Camp in village.
Saturday 26/12: Breakfast and transfer to Djenné (70 km, 1 h). Visit peul village. Arrive and explore Djenné. Dinner and night at Djenné Campement Hotel.
Sunday 27/12: Continue to Mopti (100 Km, 3h30). Visit port, lunch overlooking port. Dinner and night at Y'a pas de problem Hotel.
Monday 28/12 and Tuesday 29/12: Pinasse trip on the Niger river from Mopti to Lake Debo and Konna. Mainly fish lunches and dinner on board. Nights camped on river bank.
Wednesday 30/12 and Thursday 31/12: Pick up 4 wheel drive car at Mopti. To Hombori & Douentza (255 Km, 5h). See the Hand of Fatima and the Hombori plateau. Visit villages at the foot of the Gandamia : in particular Kikara. Dinner and nights in tents at the Hombori and Gourma campings sites.
Friday 1/1: Douentza-Sangha (275 km, 5 h). Breakfast at camping and head for Sangha. Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner and night at hotel.
Saturday 2/1: Dogon country. Down cliffs from Sangha to Ireli then walk 4 or 5 hours through villages to Tireli. Dance of the masked Dogons at Tireli. Night in tent on terrace.
Sunday 3/1: Cliffs of Bandiagara. 4 to 5h walk under the cliffs from Tireli to Nombori visiting various towns. Night in tent on terrace at Nombori after lady's dance there.
Monday 4/1: Climb up cliff from near Nombori (2h30 walk) to meet the van on top of plateau. Head back to Mopti (100km, 3h30). Lunch at Bandiagara. Stay in Y'a pas de problem Hotel in Mopti.
Tuesday 5/1: Leave Mopti for Segou (400 Km, 6h). Lunch at San. Visit Segou and then the seat of the Bambara kingdom visiting village head. Dinner and night in Independence Hotel.
Wednesday 6/1: Sego-Bamako (230km, 4h). Visit national museum as well as impressive recycling centre. Night in hotel.
Thursday 7/1: To Bamako airport. Air Mali flight delayed 5 1/2 hours. Thus arrival in Orly, minus suitcases, after train for Brussels had left. Thus had to stay at airport hotel and travel next morning.
Thursday 14/1: Suitcases delivered!

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