Mopti, a walking tour

Mopti is a town filled with noise and colour. Whether you’re walking its chaotic streets, shopping in its bustling markets, or listening to live music in a bar, there is life everywhere. In a hot and dry country, especially during the dry season, much of that life is lived outdoors. Streets become kitchens and playgrounds, people gather to chat and eat, and tourists pass largely unnoticed along the dusty streets between mud houses.

Woman and baby, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Woman and baby, Mopti, Mali, Africa
A young girl in Mopti, Mali, Africa
A young girl in Mopti, Mali, Africa
Clothes in the market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Clothes in the market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Hair salon, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Hair salon, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Fruit seller, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Fruit seller, Mopti, Mali, Africa
A woman cooks rice in the street, Mopti, Mali, Africa
A woman cooks rice in the street, Mopti, Mali, Africa

One of the great joys of travel in Africa is a visit to local markets – I’ll never forget the giant market in Addis Ababa, a place where it is possible to get lost for days on end. Sometimes Africa seems like a giant marketplace, buying, selling and negotiating always appear to be happening wherever you look. Mopti, as a major Malian port on the 4180 km long Niger River, is a regional hub for importing and exporting goods. A visit to the markets here was a must.

Central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Woman carries a bowl on her head, central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Woman carries a bowl on her head, central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Dried chillies, central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Dried chillies, central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
A woman checks her change, central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa
A woman checks her change, central market, Mopti, Mali, Africa

Meanwhile, back on the river, life goes on much as it has for millennia…

Boats and people, Niger River, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Boats and people, Niger River, Mopti, Mali, Africa
People on the bank of the Niger River, Mopti, Mali, Africa
People on the bank of the Niger River, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Boats cross to islands in the middle of the Niger River, Mopti, Mali, Africa
Boats cross to islands in the middle of the Niger River, Mopti, Mali, Africa
A woman dries clothes on a rooftop, Mopti, Mali, Africa
A woman dries clothes on a rooftop, Mopti, Mali, Africa

After all the excitement, it was back to the Hotel for a good night’s sleep in preparation for an early start the next day…we would be taking a boat four-days up the Niger River en route to the mysterious and mythical desert city of Timbuktu.

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