In Mopti, tourism is a contact sport, with more guides, pinasse owners and touts per square metre than anywhere else in Mali. That said, clamour is central to Mopti’s charm – its port is Mali’s most lively and interesting – and you’ll have to pass through here if you want to take a pinasse trip to Timbuktu. It’s also a major staging post for journeys into the Dogon Country, and has reasonable transport connections to Djenné. If it all gets too much, stay in Sévaré 12km away, which has great hotels and better transport options, and just come into Mopti when you have to.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009