|Bamako is a
fascinating if rather scary capital city. It seems to offer
just about everything you could ask for including one very smart, if
anodyne, hotel and a plethora of other quite decent places. We
ended up spending ten relaxing days at Hotel Mandé on the river some
way out of the centre, surprisingly mosquito-free even though the
restaurant was perched over the river itself. Not our normal
choice of holiday, but having sold our lovely Landcruiser I felt
wary of venturing too far with over €7000 in my pockets.
So apart from brief forays to the fetish
market it was just days of lounging around by the pool interspersed
with cold beer and rather good food, although by the end of it we
had eaten our way through the entire hotel menu.
Main downside? The constant stench of
rubbish burning wherever you are in the city. At least they
burn it, rather than just leaving it on the ground to disperse in
the wind as they seem to do in Nouakchott.
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