Pays Dogon, Mali
How to reach:
By Air: The closest airport to Pays Dogon is at Savare, 13 km from Mopti. It can also be reached by Air Mali Express and Compagnie Aerienne du Mali which provide flights to Mopti from Mamako and Tombouctou.
Regular flights are available from Marseille and Paris to Mopti/ Sevare. From here, you can hire a car or go by bus to Pays Dogon.
By Road: The gateway to Pays Dogon is Bandiagara, which is well connected to Mopti/Savare. From Bandigara, the road to Pays Dogon is not so good. So, it is advisable to rent a car with a driver. Many buses from Bamako to Savare are also available. If you want an economical option, it is taxis baches (these are taxis converted into minivans in which the seats are removed to provide space for as many people as possible) from special departures and bus stations.
You can also reach Pays Dogon by road from Ouagadougou, a six hours drive from Bandiagara.
When you explore the Dogon country, you will have to travel mostly on foot and it is advisable to hire an official local guide, or otherwise you can wander into the sacred or protected areas of the place and you may get into trouble.
Best time to visit: October to February, preferably November.
Professional Service: Official local guides are available.