Djenné Mud Mosque & Dogon Architecture
From Timbuktu, we flew back to Mopti. From there we got a car and drove to Djenné, one of the oldest towns in West Africa. It was still hot and flat, with perhaps a bit more trees than up north and the occassional grove of mango trees. The architecture was also a bit different, more in the Dogon style. At times it was like being in Taos or Santa Fe, with a sort of Kon-tiki tribal flair.
The Ferry Crossing
Before we got to Djenné, we had to cross the Niger. The Niger is the lifeline of Mali. It seems every important town or city in Mali hugs the Niger. Djenné itself is actually on an island of the river.
After lunching in Djenné, we went back across the ferry to Mopti, then to Bandiagara in the heart of Dogon country...