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"We're on our way to Timbuktu" Top 5 Page for this destination Mali Things to Do Tip by grets

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  On board the pinasse
by grets

The River Niger dissects Mali for 1,700km, and is the lifeblood of the country for agriculture on its banks and a communication highway. Its name comes from the Berber word 'gber-n-igheren' which means River of Rivers.

Travelling from Mopti to Timbuktu by pinasse took three uncomfortable, boring, tiring, enlightening, hot and fascinating days. Most of the time we spent observing the passing scenery, little villages, reading abook or snoozing. At night we camped on the river shore.

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2004
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