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Djenné is a city in Mali, famous for its mosque, which is the biggest mudbrick building in the world. As of 1987, the city had a population of 12,000. it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UNESCO say on its website that "Djenné became a market centre and an important link in the trans-Saharan gold trade."

Get in[edit]

The city's 'great mosque', which is a popular tourist attraction

The best day to find transport to Djenné is Monday - market day - when many minibuses and bush taxis make their way to the town. Otherwise you may need to take transport to the Djenné junction on the main Bamako-Mopti road, and wait for further transport to Djenné.

Get around[edit]

For traveling short distances walking may be the best method as it allows you to appreciate the scenery and look at the mud based architecture in the city.

When the river is high, you can take a pinasse to nearby Fula villages.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Great Mosque, Unknown"". This is the main tourist attraction in the city. It is what made the city a UNESCO heritage site. (13.906389,4.555) edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Market. On Monday, the Grand Market assembles -- and quite a incredible spectacle it is too!  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Le Campement, (North of the Grand Mosque). The menu du jour here is 4000CFA - but it is mediocre.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Le Campement, (North of the Grand Mosque). The rooms here are decent enough and well-priced at 10000CFA.  edit
  • Hotel Djenne, Doteme Tolo. This is a newly built hotel that includes a restaurant $69.  edit
  • Djenne Djenno, Outside of the city (walking distance), [1]. Very nicely decorated hotel 25000CFA.  edit
  • Le Village des Amies, just after crossing the river, [2]. Cheap, clean and calm. No running water. About 3 kms from Djenne. 5000 CFA.  edit


Get out[edit]

On Tuesday morning there is a minibus to Bamako leaving at around 7:30 (7500CFA).

Otherwise, for westbound destinations you can get a minibus headed for Sevare and get off at the junction with the main road (2500CFA), where frequent buses run to Sissako and Bamako.

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