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The Sleeping Camel

Rue 25, Porte 80 | Badalabougou Est, Bamako 0000, Mali
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Ranked #2 of 20 Bamako B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gary H Devizes, United Kingdom
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed at the Sleeping Camel during my cycle ride from the UK to Cape Town. Phil and his staff made me feel very welcome. Initially camping I felt a bit ill and moved into a room to rest further. The food was good, the rooms clean and the staff friendly. The Internet worked which isn't always the case in... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Regular rooms are a bit pricey if you're not camping out or staying in the dormitory, but the place has advantages: easy to find (next to the German embassy), walking distance to Amandine (restaurant, patisserie, and meeting place) and banks, taxis easy to find, and very safe (vehicles can park inside). Caters to Anglophones ranging from backpackers to small-time merchants.... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I needed a place in Bamako and this place fit the bill. I shared a room with a couple of others, but it was cool. It's very easy to get to downtown Bamako by taxi. The place was clean, safe, and the food was good. If I'm every traveling on a budget in Mali again, I'd go here.

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Kidal, Mali
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Only problem with the Camel these days is that it is often fully booked by NGOs, meaning you may have to make a reservation well in advance. Before NGOs took it over, this was a great meating place for travellers coming in and going in all directions, exchanging tips and tales over a bear or in the pool (now missing).... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Right next to the German embassy, this is probably one of the safest places to stay in Bamako. I was a little nervous about travelling around Mali after an event I was attending, but I got very good advice from the owner, Phil. It is a comfortable place to stay, with a spacious courtyard and a secure steel gate. The... More 

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

if you look for comfort, this is not the place for you. Rooms very, but mostly have basic conveniences. Anyhow who comes to Mali for comfort? Here you will find a good company of adventures, exchange experiences and get a good advice where to go, etc. special thanks to Philipe, but all staff is very useful. If you come for... More 

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Gaiaville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Upon moving to Bamako, I spent my first month at The Camel. Since then, The Camel has changed and all for the better. Phil has expanded the menu, put more on the bar menu besides beer and coke and goes out of his way to make The Camel not only a great place to stay but fun to visit now... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is one of my favorite spots in Bamako. The Sleeping Camel is without a doubt the best deal in BKO: hot water, wifi, and friendly service for under 25,000 fcfa. A great place to meet fellow travelers and learn about what the +223 has to offer. Great new expanded menu including world famous Coulibaly Lemonades. Check out the boat... More 

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Much Hadham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Stayed 4 nights at the sleeping camel (single guest) Great location, good food, (slightly over priced) First night in room 3, big room, two double beds, very spacious Next three nights, in a dingey mosquito ridden rear room, 1/4 of the size (room 12) Same rates cfa 22500 per night Ridiculous pricing system. The two rooms are incomparible This is... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Sleeping Camel is an oasis in Bamako: great food (best bacon & eggs and pesto panini this side of the Sahara), clean rooms, reasonable prices and well located. What makes it extraordinary is the staff, who go above and beyond to make sure that you are comfortable. They are very friendly and willing to help you with whatever you... More 

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