Sail The River Niger


Sail the River Niger is a wonderful experience.

The river Niger is one of the great river of Africa, stretching over 2500 miles (4180kms) in a great arc that extends northward from Guinea to Mali, before turning back toward the south and making its way through Niger and Nigeria to empty into the Gulf of Guinea. The Niger is of vital importance in Mali, providing irrigation for agriculture and serving as a major transportation area.

The original name of the river “egerou n-igereou” which means the “rivers of rivers” was given by the Tuaregs expressing the exceptional character they attributed to it.

Sailing the River Niger is not a luxury cruise. It takes tree days to sail from Mopti to Timbuktu. We took the boat (a traditional priogue called pinasse) in Kona, sailed one afternoon, did bush camping on the river side, and arrived at noon in Mopti.

We visited two bozo villages, saw fishermen on the river, hippos, drunk a lot of karkade, and admired the landscape, earring the music of Ali Farka Toure, the famous Malian blues man. (“The river” album is one of his bests).

written by azurblue on 2009-04-14 in #world #locations #niger-river #sail-boat #mopti #pirogue #fishing #cruise #africa #kona #mali


  1. disdis
    disdis ·

    Your african experiences are always awesome. Love the first image.

    You have made me decide to go to Africa. I go for 3 weeks next month to Namibia in order to get such great pictures are yours. ;D

  2. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Some really amazing shots in here....

  3. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    your serialized trip in Mali is wonderful...i hope to see other nice stories

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Simply beautiful.... For the history of the exploration of the river Niger by the Scottish traveller & Geograph called Mungo Park (he made his exploration at the end of the 18th-beginning of the 19th century) I can only recommand to everyone to read the book called "Water Music" by T.C. Boyle.... or the original Travel history by Mungo Park himself :)))

  5. stouf
    stouf ·

    Wonderful. Simply wonderful.

  6. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Disdis, eyecon, a-l-b-e-t-to-, vicuna, and stouf, a huge thank you for these nice comments, it makes me great pleasure, because it comes from so talented lomographers !
    Vicuna, I keep it in mind. Disdis, you're a so lucky man, Namibia is one of my travel dream, the desert seems to be one of the most beautiful of the world (and the older one). I'm waiting for the pics !!! Thanks, thanks, thanks, again ! :-)

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