Mopti and its surroundings

The Venice of Mali.

Sharply at the detour of a meander, Mopti appears in its splendour of the city Eastern Europe has said the poet amazed by its beauty. 640 km from Bamako accessible by road and by the boat (from Koulikoro) and by airplane. Mopti, “the Venice of the Mali “, is built on three islands connected between them by dikes, confluence of the Bani and the Niger.

It is foremost a village of fishermen, called the Bozos (the masters of the waters). Has the season of mounted of the waters, large vessels provide the link to Koulikoro (60 km from Bamako), Timbuktu, Gao.

Mopti is a crossroads inland waterway and commercial, but it is mainly a point of departure for the discovery of the back country (North) and the famous Dogon Country.

It guarantees you a wonderful bath of crowd, smells and colors, both the city is dense of all its elements .All types of men of Mali meet there, the Bambara, hunters and peasants; the Bozo.

Tourist sites to visit:

  • The villages of the Bozos,
  • The Thursday market,
  • The market craft,
  • The Lake Débo,
  • The inland port, the
  • Historic city of Hamdallay
  • The village of Hamdallahi in Mali: An old imperial city.

Historical overview:

Hamdallaye where Hamdallahi is located in the Republic of Mali in the east of the country, to the entrance door of the mythical Dogon country which remains one of the oldest crops of Black Africa.

City of the first plan in the history of the West Africa, Hamdallaye was the capital of the Empire Peulh of Macina. It remains, in West Africa, the symbol of the Islamic Renewal marking the evolution of Sahelian societies Sudanese and of the 19 th century.

The Peulh empire of Macina shall end on 16 May 1862 to the taking of Hamdallaye by the conqueror Toucouleur El Hadj Oumar, which will continue two years in the city before having to abandon it. The French will take control of the region a 30 years later.

The architectural vestiges that are still visible today at Hamdallaye will make a certain image of the former capital Peulh.

The historic city has become almost a hamlet of our days. However, it remains the center of attraction of the surrounding villages. What in fact an agglomeration of nearly 4,500 inhabitants.

Hamdallahi remains a pole of attraction historical and cultural heritage with its few 04 families only.


In the prospect of the return of populations on the historic site, a subdivision has been carried out by the technical services of the town and of the mapping.

The annual pilgrimage to Hamdallahi (May june) remains a cultural event lighthouse of the country, or even of the sub-region because it mobilizes thousands of the faithful and tourists from neighboring countries.

A rescue plan of the historic city of Hamdallahi developed since 1987 in the form of a project on the economic framework and the equipment and the cultural framework is available.

Livestock, Agriculture, Crafts are activities to develop in the neighborhoods (spaces inter-villagers) of the mosque whose radiation and the right-of-way cultural life must be at the epicenter of any business concerning this area.

Djenne, classified World Heritage

Located at 567 km from Bamako and accessible by road or by boat (from Koulikoro), the engineering of water (in the Bozo), several times centenarians, has been the pillar of the trade in the loop of the Niger.

Djenné is one of the most famous towns in the Mali. It occupies a butte exondée of 70 ha in the southeastern part of the interior delta of the Niger and in full center of Mali.

The foundation of the old Djenné-Djeno which dates back to the third century before our era makes it the oldest city in the south of the Sahara.


The archaeological site the most famous of Mali.

The old Djenné is a butte of 30 ha located three kilometers southwest of the present city. Populated from 250 years before our era, the city has ceased to be occupied until 1350 date of its abandonment to the benefit of the new Djenné. During the 16 centuries that dura its existence, a urban civilization was developed with a perfect mastery of the work of the iron.

It is a religious city where one of the oldest civilizations of Africa has emerged. Lively city on Monday, the day of the market where all the ethnic groups of the country is retro