For me, the highlight of the trip to Timbuktu was touring the mosque. Many other mosques, like the one in the tourist center of Mopti, do not allow non-Muslims to enter, but Timbuktu was different. If you find yourself there, you will most certainly be afforded the opportunity.
Aside from the mosque, the artisan's market was interesting (as was the "regular" market). There is also the ethnological museum, which houses a few interesting artifacts from Timbuktu's past.
Unfortunately, there isn't much else to recommend about Timbuktu, aside from being a place for a hot meal and a shower upon return from the Sahara. It's a fairly dirty town (even by African standards), and even thoug...Read More