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A large town?

A large town? No, it is rather a very large village. When you climb one of the very few storey building, you can see the whole Bamako.
You are well in Bamako, not in Holland. As far as you can see, the land is almost flat, just some official buildings that break the monotony of the landscape and one or two small, accidental hills.
Bamako is a main step on the Niger River, coming from Guinea and going to Niger and Nigeria.

However, Bamako has a certain charm, although it is very dirty.
It has grown a lot during the last ten years.


Niger is the longest river in the sub region. Coming from Guinea, it goes through Mali, Niger and Nigeria.
During the raining season, Niger floads and spreads a lot in Bamako. With chance, you can see some hippos.

Coloured market

Like everywhere in Africa, people have time to nicely arrange fruits on the displays. However, Mali is very poor in fruit choice and fruit quality.
If you go there, expect to eat tomatoes, green pepper and onions for vegetable, mangos and bananas for fruits. Others are usually imported or are rare.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:safe, junction of roads in West Africa
  • Cons:dirty
  • In a nutshell:a big village but the only real town of Mali
  • Last visit to Bamako: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 10, 2005
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Your experience with about 20 years ago. A cousin embroidered a Christmas card for me. Next year it came with the back of the card cut to see if money had been hidden inside, Things have changed now though.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2005 at 5:10 PM

    great page for a way off the beaten path destination.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2004 at 1:25 PM

    Frederic, nice to read your page of Bamako ! I suppose it has changed a lot after my visit in 1989.

  • Jun 8, 2004 at 10:11 AM

    Bamako is not as flat as you say, nice pages anyway.

  • May 18, 2004 at 4:16 AM

    Fredrick, nice coverage of a place I had not known..


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