Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

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Morphing along to Mopti

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there were a LOT of fish!!!After leaving Dogon country, we headed south to the town of Mopti, which is at the junction of the Bami and Niger rivers.  For thousands of years, Mopti  has been the major port for transport of goods to and from the fabled Timbouctou and beyond.  Tourism in Mopti is described as a contact sport and we were not disappointed!  There are probably more touts than tourists.  The hustle, bustle and frenetic activity was almost overwhelming. 

The market in Mopti is situated around the port, and it is here that all activity is centred.  Mopti has been referred to as the “Venice of Africa”, no doubt because the custom made pirogues (gondola equivalents) are propelled by a standing ‘polesman’ who punts his way up and down the river.  

The highlight of our day in Mopti was a sunset cruise on the Niger river (Africa’s third largest river) to some small fishing villages.  The volume of fish pulled from the river is truly astounding.  After drying and smoking, huge bales of fish are transported from Mopti all over West Africa.

We welcomed in the new decade here and were treated to a lively performance of traditional music featuring djembe and balafone, and an exuberant display of African dancing.


Written by Mar(k)

January 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

Posted in Mali

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  1. such beautiful photos of the men and their ‘gondolas’. hope you are coping with your point and shoot camera!


    January 23, 2010 at 7:48 am

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