Olympe International Hotel
Sis Badala Extention, Voie express de l' AÃ©roport de Bamako-SÃ©nou, Bamako, Mali
More about Bamako
Fans watch from the cliffs above the stadium
Mali vs Guinea at Stade Modibo Keita
Djenne mosque in the Museum
Travel over Xmas and New years
We're going to Mali over the holidays here. What goes on in Bamako/the rest of the country over these holidays? Are they celebrated? How?
We are also planning to bring limited medical supplies for the Dogon. Any suggestions?
We are in our late 70's-81 so any special thoughts about our age group in this country? We've arranged our trip thru a Bamako agency and will have guide. Anyone who wants to join us is welcome to write!
RE: Travel over Xmas and New years
Hi, don't know about Bamako. Have you seen the messages about the festival in the desert near Timbuktu - 11-13th Jan? Don't want to make assumptions but you highlighted your ages. It is 70k out into the desert and I think quite tough going and then camping. Good luck anyway and hope you find something good.
Travel Tips for Bamako
Visit the Artisana - the...
Visit the Artisana - the Artisan market. The gold and silver jewellery there is beautiful and relatively inexpensive. Look at the filigree work. Sitting up on the hill by the Presidents palace over looking Bamako - a lovely spot for a picnic.
Have your clothes made there
Backpack, simply One of the best things about Mali and West Africa in general is that you can quickly, cheaply and enjoyably get clothes made to order, there on the trip. You blend in better to the country and make friends along the way. Quick skirts, pants and shirts are inexpensively made in a day or two.
Mali has become recently a big producer of gold, however local jewellers don't use this gold which is fully exported.
Close to the Marche Rose, there is a long street where you will only find small jewellery shops.
Material is mainly yellow gold, red gold and white gold, silver.
It is a very fine work, I particularly like the jewels made of the three golds.
Prices are very good, almost market price.
During the summer of 2006 I spent 6 weeks in Mali, 5 of which were in the capital, Bamako. We stayed in the dorms of the University of Mali, near Badalabougou.
I ended up joining a local club team to play soccer on. We had practice every night, but only had one match while I was there; a 2-2 draw in the "President Cup" against another neighborhood club, JRQM. They won the penalty shootout 9-8 (after 11 shots each) to eliminate us from the competition.
Bamako is a typical African capital city.There's not that much to do in Bamako. If you must spend one or two days in Bamako, You can visit the market (the tradicional medicine stalls are particularly interesting), buy some local music.
National Museum in Bamako is quite interesting too, and it's worth a visit. It's closed on Mondays.