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The Mande Country,

Mali historic cradle About a hundred kilometers from Bamako, the Mandé country gives the opportunity to go back to ancient history. In this site was born the present Mali ancestor, the prestigious Empire of Mali. Interesting sites: - The Kangaba sacred hut, which roof remaking gives the opportunity to organize every seven years ritual ceremonies - Kéla, the village of the ‘griots’ who are the guardians of the Mandé tradition; - The Kourou Kanfouga site where the first sovereign of the Empire of Mali had been enthroned.

 

KAYES, the CAPITAL of WESTERN MALI

Founded in the19th C, Kayes was the entry door to the French colonization. It’s a region which is full of history and rich in picturesque sites. Interesting sites: - The Medine fort, historic site of the French penetration - The Félou water falls - The Gouina water falls - The Bafing reserve - The national park of the Baoulé Buckle.

 

SEGOU, THE CITY OF THE BALANZAN

In this city a multitude of Acacia albida(Balanzan) grow. It has a Sudanese architecture which is attractive as well as the surprising work of the potters. Ségou at the image of the acacia aims at being big, pride and turbulent. A cradle of the Bambara kingdoms, torn between the different settlement conquests, it still keeps its cultural richness and genius. Important sites: - Sékoro(ancient Ségou)and the grave of the Bambara king, Biton Coulibaly - The Office du Niger and the Markala dam - The Teryabougou village created by Father Vespieren - Kalabougou, the potters village - The Niéléni tapestry-making

 

MOPTI , THE MALIAN VENICE

Located at the confluence of the Niger river waters, Mopti offers the visitors its dynamic harbor, its market full of color, its mosque and its handicraft. Interesting sites: - The Komoguel mosque, inspired from the one of Djenné - The artisans’ souk where fabrics having different designs, potteries, bronze bracelets or the Fulani women gold earrings are displayed - The main market where all the different ethnic groups used to meet every Thursday - The river port which reflects the intense activity of Mopti city - The village of the Bozo fishers - The Gourma elephants(in Douentza)

 

DJENNE, THE NIGER RIVER JEWEL

Djenné has the best mosque made of mud. Its Sudanese-type architecture, its myths and legends make it a necessary itinerary in Mali. Located near the Niger river, Djenné combines the knowledge and riches of a medieval city. Important sites: - Djenné’s market(market day every Monday) - The Tapama Djenepo site where according to legend a young girl was sacrificed for the foundation of the city of Djenné - The mysterious wells of Nana Wangara dug by the Moroccans in the 15th C. It fills up whenever there is an important event, people say.

 

THE DOGON COUNTRY,

a natural and cultural sanctuary The cosmogony preserved for thousands of years, the symbolic architecture, the esoteric drawings, the sacred masks and the ritual dances of this ethnic group having old traditions constitute a mine for tourists as well as for researchers The site is amazing and shelters on several kilometers a mixture between nature and human’s hand: natural escarpments, suspended villages and troglodyte houses. You should visit: - The numerous villages on the slope of escarpments and the Telem(troglodytes caves) - The cave paintings of Songo - The village of Sangha, the starting point of excursions in the Dogon country - The market of Bankass and its neighborhoods - The Ahmed Baba resource center named after this great erudite of the 15th C.

 

GAO, the ASKIA city

In Gao was born the biggest but also the last Songhoi Empire, created by the ASKIA. This city has become a very important archeological center for African history. The Grave of the Askia, built in 1595 has a unique architecture and it is listed in the Humanity World Heritage. Important sites: - The Grave of the ASkia, former sovereigns - The Sanèye archeological site: many 12th C funeral steles - The Gougoureye island where Askia Mohamed was kept in exile - The Ansongo-Ménaka reserve which contains an important diversified fauna. - The Koyma pink dune and its beach at the desert entry.

 

TIMBUKTU, the MYSTERIOUS

The city of the 33 saints stretches on hot sand in the middle of dunes. Timbuktu has puzzled the western imagination for several centuries. It was a hub of the Saharan trade in the middle- ages and shelters several libraries where very ancient Arabic manuscripts are kept. Its famous mosques and its carved-wooden and nailed doors make the stroll in the city pleasant. You should visit: - The Bouctou wells where Timbuktu has got its name - The mosques of Djingareiber, Sidi Yaya and Sankoré - The house of explorers: René Caillié, Gordon Laing and Heinrich Barth - Handicraft: plaited straw jewels, tapestry, basketworks, fine leather craft - The arrival and departure of the Azalai, name given to the dromedaries caravans carrying the Taoudenit salt .

 

KIDAL, the door to the DESERT

Situated in the North-east of Mali, it’s one of the least known regions in Mali. Though desert, Kidal has several historic treasuries. In the Adrar of the Ifoghas , the cave paintings reveal the presence of a people of breeders and farmers thousands of years ago. Interesting sites: - The Adrar of Ifoghas: one of the most spectacular massifs of the Sahara having cave paintings representing the fauna that existed 5 000 years ago. - The Essouk ruins, a medieval city - Tessalit, a city sheltering the main(disused) salt mines of the region - Tamanar, the huge sand dune - Ararouane ,last stopover before crossing the desert

 

SIKASSO, the green city

Sikasso, the economic capital of Mali, a cultural and historic city also has several natural attractions which are appropriate for the development of ecotourism. You should see: - The Mamelon, a hill where king Tiéba used to live and which sheltered the protecting genius of the city - The tata, great wall around the city which resisted to the attacks of the French army in 1898 - The grave of Mansa Daoula, the founder of the Kénédougou kingdom - The grave of Tiéba Traoré, who became king in 1886. He had the tata built. - The residence of Kélétigui Kourouma Berthé, chief of the Tiéba and Babemba armies. It is built in the Djenné architectural style - The Missirikoro caves, a place for meditation where different creeds meet - The Farakoro water falls, the “stone river” flowing on a rocky bed - The Farakoro tea farm - The common grave, a testimony of the resistance against the French penetration - The Woroni water falls where there is a micro-climate - The Sudan doors, rocks which constitute the border between the forest and the savannah

 

BAMAKO, a CAPITAL

between TRADITION and MODERNITY Bamako is the symbol of modern Mali in constant development which is livened up by intense and colorful life and where the contributions of the most recent technique and the ones of an old civilization which is striving as well adapting to save most of its secular traditions, meet and harmonize. The city is appropriate for business tourism as well as for meetings. Interesting sites: - The geological park sheltering specimens of the African fauna - The prehistoric Point G cave with its cave paintings - The National museum, a space for seeing and collecting carvings, paintings and Malian jewels as well as lithographic material - The pink market built according to neo-Sudanese style - The Darsalam Traditional Healing center-Camp 1 - The house of the artisans

 

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Festival on the Niger (Ségou)  february 05-02-2011

The Festival on the Niger will hold from 1st to 6 february 2011 at Ségou (Mali) on the banks the river Niger. For the 7 times, this festival will offer a unique show, with the great teams and famous musical artists and traditional dancing...

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