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Oct 20, 2011 - 20 October - Mopti

Leaving Sanga we headed back towards Sevare and Mopti. First stop of the day was at Songu, another Dogon village but a very important one as this is where the circumcisions are carried out. Every 3 years (last one in 2010) up to 300 boys from surrounding villages are sent to Songu with their fathers to be circumcised. The boys bring millet with them for food during their stay, and they stay around 2 weeks. They are taken to a place up in the rocks behind the village where the ceremony takes place. First of all, medicine is prepared -...

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Sep 28, 2010 - Mopti

Nach 2 Stunden Fahrt im Jeep sind wir in Mopti angekommen, kleine Stadt am Rande des Flusses Niger, nicht sonderlich interessant aber ein guter Ausgangspunkt, um unseren Trek in das Land der Dogon zu organisieren. Und dazu haben wir noch das Glueck, ein Hotel zu finden, dass Backpackerzimmer anbietet und einen Pool hat – yippiiieee! ----------- Après 2h de 4x4 nous sommes arrivés à Mopti, une petite ville au bord du fleuve Niger. Rien de bien intéressant à voir, mais c’est le point de départ pour organiser notre séjour dans le pays Dogon....

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Feb 21, 2008 - Mopti/Sevare

Mopti is the tourist centre of Mali, mainly because it's the place most people get the ferry or a private boat to Timbuktou, for me it was the place that I came to see jan Joost before he flew back to Holland. For me it's a horrible place full of the worst touts, wannabe guides and hustlers in the country, those who won't take no for an answer and tell blatant lies tinged with threats to try to get you to "use there services". Add on top of that a very nice hotel but crawling with French tourists then I wanted out. I might have well have...

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Jan 29, 2008 - Djenne To Mopti

Loved the hospitality in Djenne. Wonderful people and how lucky we were to have been there on the busiest market day of the week! I found some sandals and some underwear (woo hoo!) I also came across a man who was making shea butter. It was really cheap so I bought a bagful because it is expensive in the U.S. My trip leader is a lovely young Spanish girl who speaks perfect English and French. She has really tried to help me out as much as she can. I have acquired a couple of t-shirts and a skirt from people in my group who really...

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Nov 22, 2007 - Mopti

Here to catch ferry to Timbuktu! Another huge breakfast, bought homemade peanut butter and joined Jane/Cathal,Roger,George in taxi to Mopti. Walked around waterfront looking for food, not much to be had nearby...port is a chaotic mix of sheep/goats in bags waiting to be loaded for river travel, bags of all kinds of grains,people selling oranges,papaya,banana,mango,watermelon,guava,pineapple...we pass on a due to weight/bulk or not looking good (although Bon & Mari get mango & oranges). Met up with Marta/Enrico , good conversations w/ them....

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Nov 9, 2006 - Sevaré

Me tomé una 4x4 de vuelta a Sevaré, un pueblo sin nada que hacer pero con un hostal de un gringo misionero que tiene el mejor desayuno de Mali: panqueques con miel, muesli, tortas, ensalada de frutas , etc. Un lujo en Africa. En el camino conoci a un grupo muy simpatico: un gringo de los Peace Corps que habia vivido 2 anyos en Ghana, una neozelandesa abogaga y una gringa. El camino de 10 horas se hizo corto.

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Nov 6, 2006 - Mopti

Tomé un bus de Bamako a Mopti, felizmente era un asiento por persona, pero las ventanas no se podian abrir y no habia aire acondicionado. El aire solo entraba por las escotillas de arriba, que se mantenian abiertas por un palo que les habia metido para que no se cerraran! Felizmente no hubo mayores contratiempos y llegamos a Mopti en 9 horas. En el bus conoci a un belga y dos canadienses muy simpaticos, aunque el belga era re-izquierdista... Aunque los europeos crean lo contrario, Mopti es un pueblo inmundo sin mucho que ver ni que hacer....

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Nov 10, 2005 - Timbuktu to Mopti

Dossier: 4WD across the Sahel to Mopti Today, after crossing the Niger for the last time, we set off in 4WDs across the Sahel on dirt roads, towards Mopti. Our route takes us through the Réserve de Douentza where, if we are very lucky, we may see one of the increasingly rare elephants of the Gourma region on their annual migration route from Burkina Faso. Arriving again in the riverside town of Mopti, we have time to relax before the long drive back to Bamako. Travel Notes: Today will be grueling. We are up at 4am for a 5am departure to be...

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Nov 5, 2005 - Dogon Trails - Day 5: Tiogou to Mopti

Dossier: Final Day of trek; drive to Mopti After spending the morning of our fifth day trekking we arrive back in the village of Sangha. Then we drive to Mopti, a thriving river town, situated on three islands at the confluence of the Niger and the Bani. Definitely worth a visit is the market, sited at the water's edge. This delightful harbour town has been dubbed the 'Venice of West Africa', though in reality there is no comparison. The afternoon is free to explore Mopti - you'll find traders from as far away as Timbuktu here to sell their...

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Nov 1, 2005 - Dogon Trails - Day 1: Sanga to Tereli

Dossier: Accompanied by our knowledgeable Dogon guide, we explore the picturesque villages along the escarpment and meet the people of the Dogon Country during the course of the next 4 days. Our walking days are fairly long, but not particularly demanding as the ground covered is mostly flat, although some scrambling is involved as we climb up and down the escarpment on the rocks and it can be very hot. Sections of the route are sandy and this can make the journey slow-going. All necessary food, luggage, tents and cooking equipment will be...

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Feb 10, 2005 - étape Ségou - Mopti

La matinée est passée à faire des achats : jean/bière/vin (on trouve tout chez le libanais).Benoit a un PV pour ne pas avoir mis le clignotant.Encore une escroquerie africaine mais je ne donnerai pas mes commentaires .... Benoit connait la piste et nous amène en pleine brousse .Nous traversons des villages maliens avec chacun une mosquée.L'Islam investit en Afrique surtout dans les mosquées ... Dans un village ,Jojo s'arrète car à l'odeur il a reconnu le Karité.Sur la place du village toutes les femmes sont là pour faire griller les noix du...

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Raid africain 2005

Sep 30, 2004 - Resting in Sevare

In Sevare, I stayed in a hotel run by a fifty something British woman and her twenty something Dogon husband. I ended up staying here for about a week, mostly trying to recooperate from my hike in Dogon country (and feeling the decline of what I now know was the beginning symptoms of dysentery.) It was so incredibly hot. Hotter even than Dogon country. I thought I had chosen the coolest time of the year. I was wrong. The coolest time is in January and February, when all the tourists converge in masses equal to a transient nation. I was...

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April In Africa 2004

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