If you want to arrive on the same day in Ouagadougou you have to leave early, at about 7 am a Sept Place (shared taxi) goes to Koro, 4000 CFA, 3 to 4 hours, from there you have a minibus to Ougahiguia, 2500 CFA and 3 hours, and a bus from there to Ouagadougou, 2500 CFA and 3 hours.
When you leave Mopti , do it early. The only 2 flights (Mopti-Timbuktu and Mopti-Bamako) Almost always leave EARLY. This has to be the only place where you can miss your flight if you are on time. Both flights only stay on the ground 10 to 15 minutes and there gone. Our flight back to Bamako left 20 minutes early.
We hired a vehicle 4x4 with driver to take us IN-country to the bush. 2 hours of road and then 2 hrs. of dirt and we got a flat. No problem we have a spare. DID YOU CHEK THE JACK ? Our's did not work. 2 hours into the bush is not a good place to find out. When leaving for an off road drive, first check the spare. If possible, insist on dual spares (2). Check the jack and tools that the driver has to do minor repairs. And last but not least, MAKE SURE you have a ice box or similar with Plenty of water for that un-expected break down.
Like Timbuktu, Mopti has a small airport served by CAM and MAE. Chances are you will stop here on your way to Timbuktu from Bamako or the other way around. Not much of an airport but it serves its purpose and tickets can be bought in town
pick ups are the major mean of transport in and out of mopti.There are direct ones for djenne, however if you don t like being crammed in 25 people in the back , with 42C and strong wind(and sand)on your face there are alternatives.You can take a bus direction bamako and be dropped at the carrefour, the roundabout that is about 30km away from djenne and from there you can either hitchike or wait that something will happen.I opted for the pickup and it took us around 9 hours to cover 131km, being stuck twice for a breakdown, in the only spots in all Mali with no trees or any kind of shadow......
The pickup "station" is behind the main campement in the center of mopti and once there ask for the next pickup leaving and you ll be in a sort of waiting list.Once the pick up is full, but really really full, it will depart.
The pinnaces of the COMANAV ("Compagnie Malienne de Navigation") carry freight and passengers.
You can take them from Bamako's harbour Koulikoro (Phone at Koulikoro: 26 20 94) and go downstream to Mopti in 3 days (see Phone below), Korioumé in 3 more days (Timbuktu's harbour) and Gao (3 more days). Number of days are indicative. You can also start from one of these cities and go up or downstream. If you go upstream, the trip is longer.
Better to book in advance. But departure is never fixed: the boats generally leave when they are full.
Fare Mopti-Timbuktu around 20€, Mopti-Gao around 40€ and Mopti-Koulikoro around 25€.
Several things to keep in mind to avoid this boat to become a galley...:
This kind of transportation is tiring and far from being comfortable. You have to be in a reasonably good health.
Carry drinking water enough. 3 liters per day and per person is a bare minimum.
You'll have to bear big differences of temperature: have warm cloths in your luggage.