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Mali seems so relaxed after Mauritania.  Having said that, Tombouctou alone almost manages to destroy the image in one blow.  Something of an anti-climax after all the hype, but then I should have expected no less.  Particularly disappointing considering the effort to get there overland.  A tourist trap with aggressive "guides", souvenir T-shirts and a couple of mosques which you are not allowed to visit.

On the other hand, Pays Dogon (Dogon Country) was every bit as amazing as I had hoped, despite the hype.  A few French tour groups, but not enough to spoil the view.  Friendly locals, architecture and scenery well worth the effort, particularly for those who fly to Bamako and drive from there.

Bizarrely, Djenne was very nice, despite being a major UNESCO cultural destination.   After Tombouctou we had expected to be hassled again, but found it fairly low key and very photogenic with buildings still intact; greatly enhanced by the recent completion of a sewage system!

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