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Mopti - The gateway to the best of Mali

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An April 2003 trip to Mopti by Invicta73

Around Mopti - Dogon Country Photo, Mopti, Mali More Photos
Quote: I chose to base myself in Mopti primarily because of the relative proximity to some of the biggest draws in Mali. Happily, not only did the aforementioned highlights really deserve their must-see reputations, but the hectic port itself also proved to be an enjoyable place to visit.

Mopti - The gateway to the best of Mali

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Overview

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Undoubtedly the best thing about staying in Mopti is the opportunity that its location affords for going to a couple of the main attractions in the country. Firstly, about 75 miles south of the city is the Dogon Country, the homeland of a people with a complex and unique culture. Situated around the scenic Bandiagara Escarpment, this area is also a wonderfully scenic place in which to trek. Meanwhile, a similar distance to the west is Djenné, one of the region's most beautiful and fascinating destinations. The town truly evokes a bygone era, and mor...Read More

Hotel Kanaga

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Hotel | "Hôtel Kanaga"

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Despite being the hub of the country's embryonic tourist industry, Mopti is home to only one basic accommodation option, a single mid-range establishment, and finally Hôtel Kanaga, the most expensive place to stay in the city. I chose the latter, which was actually much more charming than many similarly expensive hotels in such destinations, which sometimes can provide rather too much of a contrast with the surroundings. Additionally, in my opinion some of the extra luxury offered proved to be very pleasant after spending time in the hot, dusty and basic Dogon Country. Built by the French chain Sofitel during the early 1980s, the hotel has subsequently changed ownership, and has also un...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2003

Hotel Kanaga

Mopti, Mali
430-500

Bar Le Bozo

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Restaurant

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In my opinion, taking breaks from sightseeing and suchlike for a while in a nice spot usually enhances the enjoyment of any particular destination. By Malian standards at least, Mopti has quite a lot of places to choose from, mainly because it receives a relatively large number of visitors. Probably the best known is Bar Le Bozo, which I feel is a great place in which to people watch, eat or get some liquid refreshment. Despite taking its name from the local tribe of fishermen, a Senegalese family actually own and run the establishment. In terms of décor, the open air but covered building is fairly basic, although by no means unpleasant. Meanwhile, the service makes up for general lac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2003

Bar Le Bozo
Mopti Harbour
Mopti, Mali
(223) 430-246

Around Mopti - Dogon Country

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Attraction | "Mopti Sights"

Around Mopti - Dogon Country Photo, Mopti, Mali
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Undoubtedly the primary motivation for staying in Mopti is the position relatively near to Djenné and the Dogon Country, two of the undoubted big attractions in Mali. However, that does not mean that the city itself is without merit. On the contrary, it is an interesting place that is home to several appealing sights. Having grown to current proportions only in fairly recent times, it is perhaps unsurprising that there is not a great quantity of venerable buildings around. Nevertheless, the oldest district, known as Komoguel, which is located just to the east of the modern centre across a bridge, is pretty traditional and fairly atmospheric. The district's main draw is definitely the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2003

Around Mopti - Dogon Country

Mopti, Mali

Around Mopti - Djenné

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Attraction

Around Mopti - Djenné Photo, Mopti, Mali
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Djenné is rare among destinations in Mali, in that it is both fairly renowned and well regarded, and taking the chance to go there was among my main motivations for visiting the country. The settlement proved to both picturesque and evocative, and actually surpassed my already high expectations. The city's history started during the 13th century, and it quickly grew to be a major terminus of the trans-Saharan trade routes, and also a centre of Islamic learning, just like Timbuktu. Conquest by the Moroccans nearly 400 years later started a decline that has led to the present day impression that time has stood still for many generations. In terms of orientation, Djenné is...Read More

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Around Mopti - Djenné

Mopti, Mali

Around Mopti - Dogon Country

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Attraction

Around Mopti - Dogon Country Photo, Mopti, Mali
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The so-called Dogon Country is not as famous in the outside world Timbuktu or even Djenné. However, it is definitely somewhere that is truly unique, and which in my opinion should be on the itinerary of every visitor to Mali. The picturesque geography of the area is among the main reasons for spending some time there. The defining feature of the local landscape is the 100-mile long Bandiagara Escarpment, which separates a rocky plateau from the dusty plain below. The countryside is not only picturesque, but is also particularly good terrain for hiking, especially in the vicinity of the cliff. However, what makes the place really special is the utterly distinctive culture...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2003

Around Mopti - Dogon Country

Mopti, Mali

Travelling on Mopti's Waterways

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Story/Tip

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To paraphrase an old saying, sometimes trip itself can be just as enjoyable as the time spent in the destination, and in my opinion that is particularly true when travelling on water. There are plenty of opportunities in Mopti for river journeys, as numerous boats of various shapes and sizes operate in the area, some of which can are available for use by visitors for practical or leisure purposes. For starters, it possible to travel along the Niger to what is in effect the stopping off point for Timbuktu, Korioumé. Ferries go there when the waters are sufficiently high enough, whilst smaller but slower pinasses transport both cargo and passengers along the same route all year round. Although ...Read More