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Bamako Sights

Bamako, Mali
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ajaenson71 wrote a review Nov 2018
Bamako, Mali54 contributions19 helpful votes
Bamako may be a city without obvious sights but there are still many things things and places to experience. The city villages and their people are the real sights of this colorful city. In the suburbs you can see so many things, visit potters, blacksmiths, tailors and and colorful local markets or just grab a cup of tea and watch the daily life of a vibrant township pass by before your eyes. The craftsmen making furniture, artworks, metal coffins or the colorful bebe-foot-games are everywhere...you must just look for them while passing through. And i f you stop for a look you will be met by big smiles and respect. Apart from that i'll give you three highlights to visit if you have the time: - When going back from the obvious Bamakois highlight Le Campement choose the bumpy, little used but well signposted road taking you through rural areas directly to the foot of the 3rd bridge. You'll pass trough rarely visited villages, beautiful green countryside and have some excellent views over fields, canals and mountain side villages. For this exciting one hour journey take right instead of left at the "main road" when leaving le Campement, then follow the small "3eme pont" signs. - Visit the donkey rehabilitation centre in Badalabougou. Here the "slaves of Bamako", small, unbelievably badly treated cart pulling donkeys, get rehabilitated from disease and injury. A real jem run by real heroes. Make sure to make a well needed donation before leaving. The centre is located close to the Badalabougou parish catholic Church. When there ask locals for directions. - Horse race Sunday. Arguably on of the most colorful and exciting spectacles in Bamako, even if you're not at all in to horses. Held every Sunday, at 4pm (-ish), at the Hippodrome race course, these competitions gather thousands of screaming, shouting and laughing Bamakois and include 4 to 6 races in different categories and distances. Here small arab breed horses and their tiny jockeys fight it out in clouds of dust on a run down race track right behind Ibiza night club. The cheering crowd, storming the course to celebrate the winner of the last race of the day, with the sun setting behind the nearby mountains as back drop is a true must-see. Don't miss it, and don't forget to bring lots of water to survive the heat. And btw...the entrance fee is around 700 CFA... for a seat at the very african style VIP tribune.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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dory e wrote a review Feb 2016
Batroun, Lebanon39 contributions15 helpful votes
less than normal, they should take more care about sights in order to attract tourists, and they have many amazing sights that they really forget about completely :(
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Date of experience: February 2016
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agmathew wrote a review Sep 2014
Reykjavik, Iceland162 contributions71 helpful votes
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Bamako is a sprawling city through which the river Niger flows. On one end is a hill like formation(supposed to be an extinct volcano?) on which is the President's Palace located. You start driving up the hill,you leave the hustle and bustle of the city,enter into green surroundings and the roads are great. There are a couple of spots where you can take snaps.A huge map of Mali,a small park with statues of historical figures and then the G Point from where you can get a beautiful view of the river and the city. There is a childrens playground with recreational equipment and is well-maintained. Choose the time of the day to visit as its hot and the sun is unbearable. Also,the Zoo,national Park and Museum are on the same route,so you can make a day of it.
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Date of experience: September 2014
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Timothy G wrote a review Dec 2012
Brooklyn, New York10 contributions14 helpful votes
Bamako is not a knock out sightseeing city. There is NO must see location. The Museum is OK but not a knock out. The markets are standard West African. Unfortunately there is no way to walk alongside the Niger River, which flows through town. It is GREAT for people watching, so park yourself in a corner in the shade and just look.
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Date of experience: March 2012
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captainchickJO wrote a review Jan 2012
Portland, Oregon27 contributions9 helpful votes
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I did not know that life was so untouched in parts of this world - it is untouched. The pace is slow, the weather hot, the river filled with hand hewn canoes, people washing themselves and clothes. . . sheep in the street, donkey carts a staple, and the cell phone - everywhere!! but not in the villiage. Rustic, authentic, not made for tourism yet. . . good if you know someone vs. visit - but some hotels - the Grand Hotel seemed nice and Rotary hosts their meeting there. Get Taxi's. . .
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Date of experience: January 2012
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