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About Mopti

As the ideal base from which to explore Mali, Mopti budget travel offers a range of attractions, activities and sights to enjoy – ensuring a unique safari in the heart of Mali’s Niger River Route.

Airports

Mopti airport information includes:
•Senou International Airport is the nearest international airport

Birdlife

Despite the built up nature of the town, Mopti birds can still be seen in some abundance. There are many birds to be seen in the immediate vicinity of Mopti and even on the grounds of hotels within the town. Birding areas to see include the rocky hills around Sevarà and the waterways around Mopti in a pirogue along with the dikes around Mopti.

Conservation

With very little in the way of natural resources and unclaimed land, the key focus for Mopti conservation is preserving the few resources that the town offers. Limited farmlands and thriving fishing industries also mean that there is a risk of agricultural abuse and over-fishing, both conservation issues that could affect the livelihood of Mopti's people.

Culture

Mopti cultures include the following:
•Music and dance plays a key role in modern and traditional cultures
•Food and drink are a common part of social gatherings
•Art is an important traditional form of expression
•Tribal traditions and pastimes play a key role in all cultures
•Markets and trade play a crucial role for most locals

Health

Mopti health information is as follows:
•The most common health risk is travellers tummy from rich foods or tap water
•Health facilities are not easily found in this area
•Pack a basic first aid kit with medication for upset stomachs, nausea and other minor ailments
•Check with your doctor about any health risks or disease outbreaks that may have occurred recently before leaving for your trip

Languages

Mopti languages include:
•French
•English
•Bamanankan
•Bamu

Money

Mopti money and banking information includes:
•There are limited banking facilities found within the city, with ATMs available
•Credit and debit cards are rarely accepted in Mopti and the rest of Mali
•It is best to withdraw cash and do your banking when arriving at the international airport
•Markets will only accept cash in local currencies

People

Mopti people include the following groups:
•Tuareg
•Dogon
•Fula Macina
•Soninke
•Sanghai
•Bambara

Phrase

Mopti local phrases in French include:
•Do you speak English? - Parlez-vous Anglais?
•I don't understand - Je ne comprends pas
•Hello - Bonjour
•Goodbye - Au revoir
•Thank you - Merci

Plants

As a built up, thriving commercial hub, Mopti plants are not found in abundance. Agricultural products, in particular rice, are farmed to some extent, but as the town is a busy port and market town, very little vegetation can be found in the city itself. The river banks support some level of vegetation, with trees growing along the river in areas alongside the port.

Religion

Mopti religion includes the following:
•Islam
•Christianity
•Traditional beliefs

Safety Tips

Mopti safety tips include:
•The northern areas are very dangerous with reports of banditry and terrorist attacks
•Avoid travel to Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal, and border areas near Mauritania, Algeria and Niger
•Keep valuables safe and out of sight when traveling by car or foot
•Avoid large crowds and street demonstrations which may turn violent
•Be wary of con artists when visiting markets and shops

Transport

Mopti local transport options include:
•Bus
•Car
•Boat
•Taxi

Travel Books

Mopti recommended travel books include:
•Mali: The Bradt Travel Guide by Ross Velton
•Lonely Planet West Africa (Multi Country Guide) by Anthony Ham
•Lonely Planet Africa on a Shoestring by Hugh Finlay
•Travel Journal Mali by Eric Locken
•Mali Travel Map by ITM Canada

What To Buy

What to buy for Mopti travel:
•Backpack plus a decent moneybag
•Mali guide book plus a bird guide
•First aid kit with basic supplies
•Travel kit with toilet paper, wet wipes and bottled water
•Torch with spare batteries

What To Pack

What to pack for Mopti travel:
•Long-sleeved clothing in neutral colours
•Comfortable walking or hiking shoes
•Camera, batteries, film and binoculars
•Warm top for cooler months
•Sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses

When To Go

When to go to Mopti:
•The best months are October to February, when the weather is relatively cool
•December and January are the busiest and most crowded months
•The rainy season from July to September offers the richest vegetation with scattered showers
•March to May is the hottest time to visit, with unbearable temperatures

Wildlife

While you will not find much in the way of Mopti wildlife to see in the town, you can easily take a trip to safari hotspots such as La Boucle de Baoule National Park, which is home to a wide range of wildlife including everything from gigantic giraffe to hippo, crocodile and other game.

 

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