Bamako, the city
Trip Start Sep 27, 2011
124Trip End Sep 01, 2012
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Walking is not without pitfalls however. Mainly dirt footpaths or broken concrete and they are filled with street vendors so you often need to walk on the road and then dodge the cars and small motorbikes. And try and avoid being overcome by the fumes, and in 40 degree heat. But all fun; even dealing with all the people that want to be your guide or to sell you something.
The Niger river flows through the city and the Sleeping Camel is on the south-side of the river. A bridge close by takes you directly to the city center. Crossing the bridge you can see the fishermen at work below. Not sure I would want to eat what they catch though as the water is pretty murky. Huge river, prob half a km or more wide.
Museum was well worth a visit as was the museum park. A photography exhibition was the highlight of the museum. Some great photos dealing with issues of Africa.
The guy on our trip that had the seizure is out of hospital and is off the trip. They wont take him any further. So what's he doing? Flying to Nairobi, Kenya and travelling solo to South Africa. Believe it or not but I think he will make it. He is game anyway and having done a fair bit of solo travel knows how to do it independently and what his capabilities are.
Have spent the week on and off getting visas. First Burkino Faso, then Togo, then Nigeria. I had to get a new Nigerian visa as its now likely that we wont enter Nigeria before the entry date on my first visa expires. And was it a hassle getting a Nigerian visa here? No. A 24 hour turnaround and 80 dollars. All that initial hassle I had to get one before I left NZ was in vain. But I did get to see Hannah so not complaining.(too much - the money hurt) The only visa that has proved impossible to get here was Benin. The ambassador is on holiday for 2 weeks so no visas are being issued. We are now going to try and pick a Benin visa up in Ghana.
Not eating much street food. The backpacker has OK meals and there is a nice western restaurant around the corner. I need it after the truck food although in the main it hasn't been too bad ( depending on who is cooking). Last night we ( the hostel ) cooked a pig on a spit so that was dinner with a salad. Was excellent, and all for 1000CFA ( about 2 dollars)
Its hot here every day - 40+ degrees and it's not even the very hot season. There are just 3 seasons - hot, very hot and rainy. But coping and not too many mossies yet so no malaria although have met a few people who have had it.
People friendly in the main and no issues. You know you are in Africa though.
Tomorrow its off to Timbuktu and then Dogan Country. A river boat to Timbuktu for 3 days after a few days on the truck to the start point at Mopti. A couple of nights in Timbuktu and then a 4x4 back to Mopti and a 3 day trek to Dogan Country. But more on that when I next get internet.