"Segou: the old capital of the kingdom Bambara" Segou by jantichm

Segou Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 75 photos

Segou is a relaxing city in the delta of Niger river. It's not far from Bamako (about 4 hours by bus).

The French took the city in 1892, using it as an administrative center for the Office du Niger, a colonial development scheme. The town's French influences are readily apparent in its wide, tree-lined boulevards. Most of the town's inhabitants of Ségou are Bozo, fisherman who have worked this section of the Niger since the seventh century A.D.

The most interesting of Segou is its calm atmosphere of small city.

Their environs also are very interesting.

Bozo

The people of this ethnic group live in the borders of Niger in small towns of square and decorated houses. Its only economy is the fishing. By its knowledge of the river they have the monopoly of the transport by Niger and its affluents.

Bambara

Bambara is the most numerous group of the country. They speak Diula and usually they are agriculturists. They live in compact villages of houses on marinates with terrace and barns. They are mainly in the center of the country. Their mosques of Sudanese style are true works of art, like their sculptures half animal half man.

  • Last visit to Segou: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 6, 2005
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  • DidiBeachBum's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2005 at 2:01 AM

    is that a mosque for real? amazing i've never seen that kinda of Mosque.. that's really awesome! {^_^}v

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