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From Bamako to Timbuktu: My Experience Traveling in Mali


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to travel in Mali? If you’re planning on visiting the West African country and haven’t yet had the opportunity to travel through its cities, then this will help you get prepared with your trip itinerary. I traveled to Bamako and Timbuktu, Mali’s capital and second largest city respectively, during my time in Africa, and the experiences I had there were unforgettable.


Arrival to Bamako

I arrived in Bamako, the capital of Mali, after a long journey. It was my first time traveling to Mali West Africa, and I was excited to explore a new culture. The city was bustling with activity and the people were friendly and welcoming. I felt safe and comfortable walking around, even though I didn't speak the local language. After a few days of exploring Bamako, I decided to take a bus to Timbuktu.


Why we travelled to Mali

We traveled to Mali because we wanted to see the Sahara Desert and the ancient city of Timbuktu. We were not sure what to expect, but we were excited for the adventure. The trip did not disappoint. We saw some amazing sights, met friendly people, and learned a lot about Malian culture.


We flew into Bamako, which is more centrally located and more affordable than traveling directly to either city.


After figuring out what we wanted to see, it was time for travel planning. To make things easy on ourselves, we decided that renting a car would be our best option. Having a car meant we could plan our own trip through northern Mali while also allowing us extra flexibility if we encountered any issues along the way.


How we got from Bamako to the resort via Cascades d'Ouzoud

We started our journey in Bamako, the capital of Mali. From there, we took a bus north to the town of Ouzoud. From Ouzoud, we caught a ride on a donkey cart up to the Cascades d'Ouzoud waterfalls. From the waterfalls, we walked to the nearby village of Timbuktu. The whole journey took about two days and was an amazing experience.


Getting to Timbuktu.

I started my journey in Bamako, the capital of Mali. From there, I took a bus north to Mopti. Mopti is a busy market town and the last stop before the desert. I stayed there for a night, and then got up early the next morning to catch a shared taxi to Timbuktu.


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We took a bush taxi from Mopti, which was hot and dusty. The driver dropped us off at the side of the road and we had to walk the rest of the way. We eventually arrived at our destination, where we were greeted by a man who spoke little English. He showed us around the city and helped us find a place to stay for the night. The next day, we visited the local market and then took a boat ride down the Niger River. We ended our trip in Tessalit, Algeria, where we caught a bus back to Mopti.


Our time in Mopti was our favorite part of our trip. We stayed at a hostel called Le Relais du Malien which had friendly staff and comfortable accommodations. We also visited Tin-Tan, an enormous mud building that used to be a prison. The architecture was beautiful and we were able to climb through some of it before exploring Old Mopti, a city located on an island connected by two bridges. When we left Mopti, we took a bush taxi south through Burkina Faso until it reached Tessalit, Algeria. Our driver drove fast but handled driving on sand well as we passed through villages and palm groves.


What it’s like staying at a resort on the Niger River

The Niger River is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the stunning views. I stayed at a resort on the river and it was lovely. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the rooms were comfortable and clean. The food was also excellent. I would definitely recommend staying at a resort on the Niger River if you have the chance.


Why I would recommend you travel Malian style

1. You can't beat the price.

2. The people are incredibly friendly and welcoming.

3. The food is amazing.

4. There's so much to see and do.

5. You'll never be bored.

6. You'll have an adventure you'll never forget

7. You'll fall in love with the country and its people


Conclusion

Overall, I had an amazing experience traveling in Mali. I was able to see so many different parts of the country and meet lots of amazing people. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure.

From Bamako to Timbuktu: My Experience Traveling in Mali

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