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Oct 25, 2011 - 25 October - Bamako to Kayes

Over the last few days we have travelled from Bamako to western Mali and are now in the town of Kayes, the first town the French settled when they moved into Mali from Senegal. Our first stop on this section of the trip was a town called Kita, which doesn't even rate a mention in the Lonely Planet but had a few interesting things to see. The countryside on the way was hilly and dotted with mud villages - Malinke, Fulani and Soninke - with lots of large shea butter trees on the roadside. There is a good road for this part of the trip, built...

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