Boat Tour activities in Mopti
Boat trips from Mopti on the Niger and/or Bani Rivers are one of the highlights of any trip to Mali, but they're also among the most daunting to organise. Satimbé Travel, an excellent company run by Issa Ballo, has been recommended as a pleasant and reliable local operator to deal with and most guides can make the arrangements on your behalf. Remember that longer boat trips are only possible from July or August to December when water levels are high.
Bakaye Minedou Traore operates a big pinasse to Timbuktu, while the 80m-long Baba Tigamba (known as Petit Baba) makes the journey on Friday afternoon. It has proper seats and even a small upper deck called, somewhat ambitiously, the cabine luxe! Smaller public pinasses should take about three days from Mopti to Korioumé, but with breakdowns and cargo stops they can take up to six.