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L'Auberge in Segou: Hot water plus swimming pool - Segou.

A couple of days spent here after the Dogon treks or days spent eating laterite dust(thats the red stuff that gets in everywhere)are well worth while. Run by a very friendly lebanese family, rooms are clean, a/c that works and a very good service at the restaurant . The rooms are in an annexe that lies in the street opposite and thus are away from the bustle of the main street.

Update from January 2009 - The Auberge now has a new annexe adding quite a few more bedrooms. Only a five minute walk from the reception/bar/restaurant.

One of the rare hotels in Mali that actually has HOT running water, and the big plus-a swimming pool that is kept spotless.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written April 2, 2007
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hotels in Mali: Don't expect too much

Hotels in Mali tend to fall short of the standards generally expected in Europe and the US, excepting a few really top end hotels in Bamako. Standards of cleanliness and facilities vary - often according to the price you pay. Out of Bamako expect a lot less from your accommodation. In fact in many places there are no hotels as such, just campements and very basic places. This OK - Mali is in Africa. But it may take you by surprise if you are not expecting to backpack.

For Backpackers Mali is generally a good place. Out of Bamako you can usually find a roof to sleep on and somewhere to hang up your mosquito net.

Expect a warm welcome, apart from the big hotels which seem quite 'snooty'. Hotel pools in Bamako are generally of a good standard and kept clean. Outside Bamako they are rare.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Archeology, Backpacking
  • Written August 21, 2006

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Mankan-te: A very good choice!

A calm and comfortable place to rest in between your trips to Dogon, Timbuktu, Mopti, Djenne. The place is more than confortable, all facilities are available; multiple choices when it comes to prices. A fantastic host, who can even help you with good connections among the local guides. The perfect place to return to after the dust and hardship of a Timbuktu trip, for example. And not only. Just give it a try!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Road Trip, Family Travel
  • Written November 21, 2005

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On the waterfront, no reservations needed: Segue's best hotel with a view

Like most accomodations in Mali, the price is higher than it's worth, but the restaurant is good for breakfast, and the view of the river is totally worth it. The hotel has AC, so no need for the mosquito net.

View of the Niger River. During the afternoon rain, we peered out the window at the river. The hotel room doesn't have a balcony or big picture window or anything fancy like that, but it has AC, satellite television, good water pressure, and an adequate restaurant downstairs. You'll want to bargain for service though as the sheets won't be changed each day unless you demand it.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Arts and Culture, Eco-Tourism, Budget Travel
  • Written August 11, 2005
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Mission Catholique: Quiet, pleasant, clean and safe

Bamako was the first African capital that I visited after over one month trying to make the Trans African journey overland, from Melilla to Cape Town.
I arrived there from Mopti.
Where to sleep in Bamako?
In the African countries the Catholic Missions are the best try. They are clean, safe, cheap and friendly. Usually they are located in centrically places.
I went to the Catholic Mission and I was accepted at once. The price for a room was fair. The only thing you can’t go out at night and can’t bring alcohol or female women into your room, conditions that I accepted.
The nuns use to be from Europe, but sometimes thay are from Mexico or even from Japan.
They also use to offer dinner to the customers.
At night they close the doors and nobody disturb these Catholic Missions in Africa, they are very well respected by the local population.
Two days later I headed to Burkina Faso.
When, after seven months crossing overland over twenty African countries, still in that same journey, I returned to Bamako, this time heading West, I stayed again in that Catholic Mission for one night and the next day I boarded the train to Dakar via Kati, Négala, Kita and Kayes.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written July 17, 2005

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Djenne, camp at the Bani River

The night before our visit to Djenne in 1989 we camped at the Bani River, just at the crossing place, where the piroques would leave.

It was Christmas Eve. And we had the most breathtaking sunset and tropical evening, you can imagine before Christmas.

From this camp-site it was very easy to take a piroque very early in the morning. In the evening we spoke allready with the boatsmen about our early departure the next morning, so we could be in time in Djenne.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Camping, Road Trip
  • Written February 15, 2005
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Ben's Bar: Bankas, camp at Ben's Bar

In 1989 was Ben's Bar the only place in Bankas, where you could camp or hire a room. Also was this the place in Bankas, where you could hire a good guide for the Dogon Country. So we did.

I liked the easygoing place of Ben's Bar. Nowadays there are more possibilities to spend the night in Bankas. So look around and inform yourself.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Road Trip, Camping
  • Written February 15, 2005
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Hotel Tieba: Kayes, hotel close to the old airport

In Kayes we stayed in the Tieba hotel south of the city centre. It is not far from the old airport. Everybody knows that old airport.

The hotel has a nice garden, where you can also stall your car. You can only stall your car inside the fences of the hotel, if it is not too high, because the entrance gate is rather low . We had problems to go in and out.

It was great to sit in the shade in the garden with a cool coke or beer after we had a very heavy and dusty ride with dust everywhere, in our clothes, hair, face, nose and ears.

Hotel Tieba has basic rooms, but they are OK with private toilet and shower. In the shady garden you can order a good meal. Who matters, that is was chicken and pommes frites again as almost at all the places where we had our dinner. It tasted great !

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip
  • Written February 15, 2005
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Hotel Colombe, Timbuktu: On the edge of town

On the edge of town whilst still being within walking distance of everything, Hotel Colombe offers comfort for the weary traveller.

A downstairs bar and rooftop restaurant with views over the streets of Timbuktu, as well as a small shop by the reception.

The rooms were more than adequate with comfortable beds and en suite bathroom with hot and cold water.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Camping, Hiking and Walking, Desert
  • Written July 30, 2004
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Hotel Kanaga Mopti: A welcome luxury

After six nights of rough camping, the hotel seemed the utmost in luxury.

Situated on the outskirts of town but within easy walking distance of the centre, the hotel is a haven of peace and tranquility. Said to be the best hotel in Mali, the rooms are airconditoned, and have TV and most importantly: running hot and cold water in a spotlessly clean bathroom.

There is a thatched roof bar and the restaurant served the best meal we had in Mali - real good quality steak and a yummy chocholate mousse!

The swimming pool is very welcoming and there are sunbeds scattered arond the patio with waiter service.

I must mention a very funny story at this point: We had spend six nights roughing it and all were very very pleased to be staying in such unashamed luxury. When we got up the first morning, we noticed that someone was camping out under a mosquito net on a sunbed by the pool. Thinking it was one of the staff, we were very surprised to discover it was one of our group: he had been unable to work the airconditoning in the room, and finding his room-mate's snoring too much to bear, decided it was better to sleep outside!

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  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Desert, Camping
  • Written July 30, 2004
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Tigou campsite: A hard surface

The last night of the trek, we pitched our tents on the Tigou Plateau. Although the ground was incredibly hard (rock), I slept surprisingly well. The villagers entertained us with dancing until the early hours of the morning (well, it probably wasn't any later than 10pm, but we'd been up since 5am and trekked for 15 miles, so snoozed off before they did.)

Toilets were - well, non existent. One rock for number ones, one rock for number twos. We weren't even able to bury the evidence in the sand as we usually did. (if you saw someone walk off with a spade, you knew where they were going)

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Desert, Hiking and Walking, Camping
  • Written July 30, 2004
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Campement Sangha: The starting point of our trek

We started our trek into Dogon Country from Sangha, staying in the Campement Sangha.

Rooms in a couple of accommodation blocks were mostly en suite, but basic. Don't leave anything on the floor - the bathroom was 4 inches higher than the bedroom, no sill or door and the floor sloped towards the bedroom. Hence we you had a shower, the entire bedroom became flooded.

Reasonable restaurant and you are able to leave stuff here safely while you go off on your trek which is very useful.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Desert, Camping
  • Written July 30, 2004
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Campement Djenne: An interesting place

The Campement consists of a few small traditional mud rondavels and some larger accommodation blocks. The rooms are basically a bed in a mud hut, with nothing else! There are mixed ablutions blocks, rather unclean and unsavoury. Electricity is erratic.

The highlight of our stay here was meeting Michael Palin, who was also staying at this place while filming his series Sahara. He is a thoroughly nice chap in real life, and every bit as funny as he is on TV!

The garden is a great spot for birding.

There is a reastaurant with mediocre food - they will provide you with a sandwich for a picnic if you ask.

Laundry is available - if you don't mind your knickers hanging next to the restaurant!

There are post cards for sale by the reception - some of the few post cards I saw in all of Mali.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Desert, Hiking and Walking
  • Written July 30, 2004
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Hotel Mande Bamako: Looking out over Niger River

On the outskirts of town, in a quiet neighbourhood, Hotel Mande has great views over River Niger.

Accommodation is either in little rondavels, or in the main buildings. Rooms vary in quality from mediocre to very good.

There is an excellent restaurant on stilts over the river - great for a colling breeze, but beware of mosquitos. There is also a very nice pool.

There is - supposedly - internet acces in the hotel, although it was not working when we were there.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Photography, Birdwatching
  • Written July 30, 2004
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Near Bougouni: first night in the brousse

From Bamako we travelled with our truck to the south. We camped at the road side.

It was our first night in the brousse. We learned to make noise for chasing away the snakes, when we had to go to the ''open air toilet'' behind your tent during the night.

We didn't look out very well this first night and put our tent on a very small termitary. This was the first and last time we made this mistake.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Road Trip, Camping
  • Written July 18, 2003
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Camp in the brousse, near Bougouni


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