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The Sleeping Camel

Rue 25, Porte 80 | Badalabougou Est, Bamako 0000, Mali
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Ranked #1 of 20 Bamako B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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Dakar, Senegal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

Just stayed at The Camel again and I am amazed at how the modest and unassuming hotel manages to go from strength to strength despite the issues that Mali has faced in recent times. Fantastic accommodation, great food, cold beer and the owner even leant me a pair of jeans when I returned from the bush with only dirty clothes!... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This review is well overdue as I stayed at this fantastic place a few years back in December 2010. I was travelling solo through West Africa, having just come up through Ghana and had just taken the long bus ride (made longer still as bus breaking down half way into the journey) from Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso. I arrived... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This place is a great, budget oasis in the chaos of Bamako. The rooms are comfortable but not flashy. Separate, shared bathrooms added to whole 'backpacker' feel. Great little bar/casual restaurant on site. Wifi was very good for the region and there are dining options outside the walls. There are limited spaces for parking of overland vehicles so ask ahead... More 

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