Silt or sand there are a few small islands that you can visit during a cruise or just catch a pinase over to from Mopti. These are usually small villages where the living is tough. It is a great way to see the real Mali as things are done the hard way out here. Most of the villages on the islands are supported by fishing.more
The Niger is the main artery in Mali. Most commerce travels along it. If you are not going up to Timbuktu on it you can easily arrange a sunset cruise that will give you a decent taste of the river for a few hours. Once you are on the river I think you begin to understand the Malain way of life since so much depends on this river.more
A very relaxing, and entertaining, way to end the day in Mopti is to take a cool drink at the Bozo Bar (Fisherman's Bar) on the corner of the port and river. Work your way through the market to the furthest corner where you will find the bar with a warm welcome and cool drink. Because of its location there is always plenty going on to watch in the...more
One of the pleasures of visiting Africa is to stroll through the markets. Every city and town of consequence has a market. Some of the smaller towns might have market only one or two days a week. A bigger city like Mopti has market every day. Nothing innately ostentatious about the markets, just locals bringing their wares to sell, but the sights,...more
Though the world famous mud mosques of Tombouctou and Djenne are much larger, Mopti has a pleasing mud mosque of its own. Unfortunately, for the tourist, the mosque is off-limits to non-muslims. However, it is possible to visit the rooftops of some of the homes in the immediate vicinity of the mosque for a splendid view of Mopti and the grand...more
This restaurant is probably the most famous place in Mopti : all tourists meet on its terrace around 17.00 for the show of the sunset. Sometimes difficult to find a place. Better to arrive soon!
A bit too noisy on my opinion.
A good place to meet other tourists, exchange experience...
Sometimes a bit of harassing from guides who want to offer their services (see Tourist traps).
Favorite Dish: Cold beer, good food.
Try the « riz gras » (fat rice), a kind of risotto.
And don’t forget to eat the best fish of the river: the “capitaine” (Nile perch): there are hundreds of fantastic ways for cooking it…!
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.more
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.more
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...more
At the end of the day, after a hard day's work, many people will wash up in the river. I would not suggest that a visitor emulate the locals in this habit. There is all manner of disease plying African waters. It is one thing for the local population to use the river to wash up. Likely, they have built up immunities to the various bugs floating the still waters. One of my friends on the trip is a doctor and after a few stories of parasitic diseases carried by critters such liver flukes, hook worms and guinea worms....well, I didn't even trail my hand in the river water as we traveled about by pinasse.
don t do the same mistake I did.There is one and I mean really one atm in all mali, at least till feb 2006, that is in bamako.Do not forget to carry plenty of money with you as in mopti there are no chances to get your money or pay with plastic, unless the main bank will start the cash advance service again after a long breakdown.Mali is not that...more
Nice vegetable every where on the markets... but avoid to eat them raw.That’s one of the most important things with water: you never know how they were watered, how they were washed.You can eat meat at the small shops on the streets with no problems: brochettes are always excellent. Even if meat is covered with flies on the market, don’t worry too...more
Dogon Country is the major touristic spot in the area (and probably in Mali). Mopti is the base camp for visiting Dogon Country and the place where tourists arrive (Sévaré/Mopti airport).
Mix those 2 items and as a result, you will get that tourists are harassed by guides offering their services.
Unfortunately, most of them are not serious at all. Friends of mine had a very nasty experience about it. It can even be dangerous. So... Take care and RESIST...!
Unique Suggestions: Solutions:
1/ Try to hire a guide before arriving in Mopti. Problem: if you want to visit Dogon Country, you absolutely need a DOGON guide. Not easy of course! Better to go through agencies, but it's then more expensive. The pic gives address of the guide we hired. Amadou DOLO is a very good one, not very cheap (say around 120€ per day for 2 persons all included) but perfect. You can find much cheaper ones on the spot... but more risky.
2/ if you haven't hired a guide before, go to the Tourist Camp of Mopti and ask for "Pascal de la Falaise"
Fun Alternatives: "Pascal de la Falaise" : an anthology...!
We are sitting in the Bar Bozo, having a cold beer that we will anyway sweat after a few minutes.
A thin tall Dogon arrives. One of his eyes is cooking fish while the other one is watching to the cat... Strange guy.
Puts his two fists on the table and says : "What are the five fingers of the Nommo?" (see page on Dogon Country for explanation on the Nommo)
Silence, expectations from our part. Then he recites:
"Daylight, humidity, fertility, order, life... If you want to choose a guide for the Dogon Country, ask him this question. If he doesn't know the answer... forget him!"
Silence, expectations again... during which the thin tall guy leaves... That's "Pascal de la Falaise".
We didn't hire him since we already had a guide (Amadou). But some friends did. "Pascal de la Falaise" looks half-crazy (maybe he is...), but he is a very good guide.
The harbor, which is the most important in the country, is located at the Bani river, not at the Niger, but a few hundred meters upstream of the confluence of both.
If you have some spare time, stroll around here and on the market and you will get a sense of the local life. It is not a typical tourist attraction in se, but for fans of off the beaten track, it is interesting to walk around, to meet some interesting people or learn about local habits. Since it is the most important harbor of the country there is always quite some activity going on.