Konna is a small village located at 70 Km from Mopti on the Niger River bank.
On January 2013, Konna was captured by the Islamists. The attack triggered French intervention in the war, and with their aid the Malian Governmental Forces swiftly launched a counterattack to retake the town. A street bear the name of the French Sergent, Damien Boiteau, the first french victim of that war to save Mali.
Konna has a weekly market is held in the town on Thursdays that attracts many people from the surrounding settlements.Mopti, Mali
The Handicraft center in Timbuktu where one can find any kind of art work in Timbuktu.Timbuktu, Mali
The people of Gao endured nine months of amputations and floggings under the rule of Islamist rebels – much of it aimed at ethnic groups
The jihadis carried out amputations in the sandy square where the residents of Gao used to watch basketball. The men who ruled Gao for nine months, until French and Malian troops drove them out, replaced the words "Place de l'Indépendence" in the green, red and yellow of the national flag with simple white on black: Place de la Sharia. A thief would lose his right hand. Those accused of burglary would lose both their right hand and left foot. At least 12 men had hands or feet cut off after MUJAO (Movement for Jihad and Unity), and its allies in AQIM (al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb), took control of Gao last April 2012.Gao, Mali
The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of the country of Mali, in Western Africa, south of the Niger bend, near the city of Bandiagara and Sangha, in the Mopti region.
The Dogon are best known for their religious traditions, their mask dances, wooden sculpture and their architecture. The past century has seen significant changes in the social organization, material culture and beliefs of the Dogon, partly because Dogon country is one of Mali's major tourist attractions.
In Irely, assist a Dogon Mask Dance.Sangha, Mali
Bandiagara is the portal to Dogon Country and its main commercial centre. Within the city one finds the magnificent Palace of Aguibou Tall, with the new Tourism Information Centre inside. There is also the large toguna named Nangabanou, a traditional medicinal centre with botanical gardens, some good hotels, and a cybercafé.
Visit the Palace Aguibou Tall, one of the oldest building in Bandiagara made of Mud bricks.Bandiagara, Mali
The mystical Dogon Country is one of the last outposts of African ancient wisdom in the world it's also the most visited area in Mali.
The various villages differ quite a bit. In the Dogon village of Sangha, learn the traditional way that people greet each time pass they pass one another.
See the table drawn in the sand called (Table du Renard) a divination table created by a Diviner or Dogon priest. This table is used to tell future events, and the way that it works is incredible.
The Diviner places tiny sticks and stones in the sand panels which represent God, people, harvest, life, love, and whatever else is on the mind of the asker. Every evening, the Diviner chants to invoke the sacred fox to come give his prophecy by leaving his footprints on the sand.
The next morning, the Diviner interprets the traces of the fox to reveal the answer to the question asked.Sangha, Mali
San Toro is the most original and interesting restaurant in Bamako. With excellent fish, meet and sauces, the food is simple, well presented and delicious. The decoration is amazing! Presenting African food in a luxurious setting is genius. Local Malian upper-class as well as tourists, expats and soldiers find something interesting to eat in this restaurant. They cook only African specialities. Enjoy an African meal while listenning to live music.San Toro is reopened after two years of troubles in the country.Bamako, Mali
San Toro is the most original and interesting restaurant in Bamako. With excellent fish, meet and sauces, the food is simple, well presented and delicious. The decoration is amazing! Presenting African food in a luxurious setting is genius. Local Malian upper-class as well as tourists, expats and soldiers find something interesting to eat in this restaurant. They cook only African specialities. Enjoy an African meal while listenning to live music.San Toro is reopened after two years of troubles in the country.
The elephants live in Mali, in the Gourma region of the Sahel, an ever-narrowing strip of land that lies between the desert in the north and the savanna in the south. The Sahel in West Africa is a near-desert wasteland of sparsely vegetated plains and endless miles of sand dunes. To survive in this extremely harsh landscape, each year the Gourma elephants follow a circular migration path that covers 450 kilometers (280 miles), moving from one water hole to the next. No other group of elephants is known to follow such a pattern.Gao, Mali