Niger River

Collecting water from the Niger

Travel to Niger River – Lifeblood of Mali

The Niger River is the most important river in Mali. Thanks to its water-based activities and splendid surrounding regions, the river entertains a large number of visitors. From cruising to Timbuktu aboard a motorised pinasse to fishing with Bozo locals near Mopti, the Niger River is at the very heart of any visit to Mali.

The Niger River, which has its source in the massif of Fouta Djallon in Guinea, is the third longest river in Africa, flowing through Mali, Niger, and Nigeria. This great river stretches over 4,000 km in a great arc that extends northward from Guinea to Mali before turning back toward the south, and making its way through Niger and Nigeria to empty into the Gulf of Guinea.

Mali sits at the northern apex of the curve, where the river splits into a vast inland delta before reforming itself to return southward. The Niger is of vital importance in Mali, providing irrigation for agriculture and serving as a major transportation artery.

Visitors to the Niger River can visit some of the most important towns and villages on its banks. Among them there is Gao, Mopti, and Timbuktu.

The Niger River offers a magnificent and leisurely means of travel and touring. During the high water months, between August and November, large river boats ply the river, traversing more than half of the country over a period of six or seven days. Smaller and slower vessels also offer river passage, including pirogues, Mali’s small traditional canoes, and pinasses, slightly larger and motorised boats.

  •  Have an incomparable experience while floating through the Sahara Desert on the River Niger.
  • Witness the beautiful landscape that surrounds the river.
  • Explore mud houses on the central island at Lake Debo, a wide section of the Niger River.

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