Mali: Details on how to get there, what to do and where to stay


Africa's music empire, Mali - Breadseller near the riverside in Segou, Mali. (David Taylor/DAVID TAYLOR)
October 28, 2011
GETTING THERE

Air France has one-stop flights from Dulles Airport to Bamako, Mali; fares from $1,449 round trip.

Bamako

WHERE TO STAY

Sarama Hotel

Rue 220 Niarela

011-223-2021-0563

Nice rooms, pleasant courtyard. Rooms with private bath from $43.

WHERE TO EAT

San Toro

Koulikoro Road

011-223-2021-3082

Tasty Malian fare. Entrees about $12.

L’Olympien

Avenue Ruault, Quartier du Fleuve

011-223-2023-8793

Decent French cuisine as well as pizza. Entrees $14.

WHAT TO DO

Le Diplomat

Koulikoro Road, east of downtown

011-223-7678-1707

The city’s classiest nightclub; Toumani Diabate plays here sometimes.

Yattassaye et Freres

Rue 311, Quartier du Fleuve

bayayat@hotmail.fr

CD vendor with a great range of music at bargain prices.

Segou

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel l’Esplanade

Route de la Corniche

011-223-2132-0127

Riverside with a pleasant courtyard. Rooms with fan from $37.

WHERE TO EAT

Soleil de Minuit

Rue 21

011-223-2132-1505

www.restaurantsoleildeminuit.skyrock.com

Central, with an airy dining room. There’s a nice prix fixe for $13.

Espace Kora

Rue 21

011-223-2132-0950

Live music free with a drink from $1.

WHAT TO DO

Festival sur le Niger

011-223-2132-2911

www.festivalsegou.org

Hear top musicians from the region, Feb. 15-19, 2012.

Villa Bouzou

Near Hotel l’Esplanade

011-223-6665-5095

Classes in djembe drumming and instruments for sale.

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