September 2, 2004
The caves have been inhabited from early times. Recently attempts have been made to make them more attractive to tourists and you will find new placards telling you a little about them. Look for the wall paintings.
Spend a little time looking at the view. You will be able to see almost all the city from there. There is another viewpoint on the other side of the main road, but the road is not good and your taxi driver may not like to take his vehicle up there. For either place expect to pay 250 cfa to a guardian (think of it as a parking charge!).
From journal Bamako, the friendly city