Route taken: Segou, Bamako – 149 miles

Easy route to Bamako. Nothing of great interest along the way. We stopped off at a village with a market in progress to see what we could find. We came away with one of those large calabashes.

We arrived in the capital, Bamako, just in time for Mali’s celebration of 50 years of Independence. More a display of military prowess from what we have seen on TV. We found a way around town without getting held up by the celebrations. We are camping at Le Cactus, 10km from the centre on the river Niger waiting for the city to return to normal. Run by a Canadain couple who have been in Bamako for the last 30 years. A good spot, but feels like a long way from the centre.