The city of Bamako, the visitors’ usual starting point, offers an intricate blend of modern and traditional while maintaining an authentic African identity. Bamako is the capital of Mali, and is known as one of the best places in the world for music lovers and performers.
From Bamako, the next stop on your tour of Mali should be Mopti. Mopti owes its prosperity to the Niger River, part of which was reclaimed to accommodate the city. Mali’s most important port is located in Mopti, as well as fishing villages and Mopti Grand Mosque.
By road or ferry, continue to ancient Djenne, a large flourishing and prosperous city blessed with some of the most benevolent, friendly and hospitable people in the world. In Djenne, you will find mud brick buildings of 100 years or more, most notably the Great Mosque of Djenne.
Continue your experience with a visit to Dogon country. Dogon life is centered around sacred rights and rituals which take place in the hollow cliffs on which the Dogon houses are built. Dogon culture is surrounded in mysticism and intrigue, from an astonishing knowledge of the solar system to the unique structure of Dogon villages.
The ancient city of Timbuktu was an important center of Islamic scholarship throughout the 15th and 16th centuries. You may want to take one of the intricately carved and decorated doors home, but smaller (and lighter) examples of the finest Tuareg craftmenship are yours for little more than a song – the craftsmen will throw in the dancing.
This music festival held annually in Essakane, Mali is one of the most popular destinations in the world. The Festival in the Desert includes three days of traditional Tuareg and world music performances.
Mali offers a variety of hotels, including the four star Le Grand Hotel in Bamako, which provides access to two pools, on site shopping, a business center, fitness center, and large meeting rooms. Hotel restaurants often provide an exciting mix of French and African cuisine.
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