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We arrived in Bamako, Mali on the 12th of November 2010 and departed from there on 29 November 2010.

From Bamako, we drove to Djenne and Mopti. From 16 – 21 November, we drove and hiked in Dogon country. Returning to Mopti, we took a pinasse (Niger river boat) from Mopti to Timbuktu where we stayed for two nights and then drove back to Mopti.

 

From Mopti, we drove back to Bamako.

 

We drove a total of 1600 miles in Mali, hiked some 40 miles in Dogon country and cruised on the Niger River for three days covering 250 miles. Our itinerary was arranged and handled expertly by Toguna tours in Bamako.

 

At the time of this writing in spring 2012, Mali is not a tourist destination. While Mali always had problems with Tuaregs in the northern part wanting independence, the return of well-armed mercenaries from Libya after the fall of Gaddafi led to instability. The Tuaregs and other fundamentalist Islamic groups took over the entire northern part of the country including Timbuktu. In the south, a junior Army officer ousted the democratically elected president in a coup that’s denounced by African states and the UN.

 

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