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We have just signed up for a 10 day tour to Mali for this November. The tour package was very reasonably price. We each paid $2669 including airfare from New York. Does anyone have any recommendations of any good books on Mali?

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    My husband and I went on a small group trip to Mali and Senegal a few years ago...you'll love it. We went with Guerba and had a wonderful time. I think there's a trip report here somewhere!I presume you'll be hiking in the Dogon country, boat to Timbuktu, Djenne, Mopti etc...


    Recommendations;

    1)Do buy a small palm fan when you arrive. I assure you it will be come you favourite belonging!

    2)Do bring strong anti-diahreal medication...just a precaution but a number of the people on our boat needed them.

    3)Do of course take anti malarials.A number of people in our party had to be treated for malaria symptoms.

    4)Bring lots to read for the boat and even games (trave scrabble/cards etc.)

    5)Bring hard candies for the times on the bus/boat...you really will be pleased you brought them as will everyone else.

    6)Some people brought wet naps and loved them although I didn't bother.

    7)Definately hire someone to carry your bags in the Dogon country...lots of kids will offer but I think it's important to hire an adult.

    8)Be prepared for things to go wrong, the bus to break down, flights not to arrive etc. We were schedualed to fly back from Timbuktu but when the plane was cancelled (seemingly indefinately) we had to drive back (22 hours and several breakdowns (3) later we made it to Bamako just in time to miss our plane. If I did the trip again I'd make sure that the itinerary had a night in Bamako before my international flight out of the country.

    Mali is a fascinating counrty, one of the most interesting I've visited in Africaa.

    Have a great time and do feel free to ask any further questions.

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