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Cruise along the Niger River

  

Cruise along the niger river

Map of Niger river

 

On the third day in Timbuktu I took the opportunity to cruise along Niger River.  Niger River located about 20 km north of Timbuktu at Korïoume. At Korïoume all the vehicles from south like Bamako, Ségou, Mopti have to cross the Niger River by ferry.

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

The pinasse mode of transport in Niger river.  Mohamad’s the pinasse owner and skipper and assistant 

 

The Niger River is the principal river of western Africa, extending about 4180 km. Its drainage basin is 2,117,700 square kilometres in area.  It runs in a crescent through Guinea, Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin and then through Nigeria, discharging through a massive delta, known as the Niger Delta of the Oil Rivers, into the Gulf of Guinea. The Niger is the third-longest river in Africa, exceeded only by the Nile and the Congo River (also known as the Zaïre River).

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

Another mode of transport in Niger river are barge and ferry.  Here at Korioume all vehicle crossing Niger river by ferry

 

The nations of Nigeria and Niger are named after the river. The people who live along it have a variety of names for it, such as Jeliba or Joliba “great river” in Manding, Isa Ber “big river” in Songhai, and Oya, a Yoruba River Niger goddess.

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

 

Cruoise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

Another mode of transport is boat or pinasse.  For fishing, transporting passengers and goods, cruise.  The last photograph showing people of riding the donkey and the weather was windy and blowing the sand, thats why its look whitish

 

The Niger River is a relatively “clear” river, carrying only a tenth as much sediment as the Nile because the Niger’s headlands are located in ancient rocks that provide little silt.  Like the Nile, the Niger floods yearly; this begins in September, peaks in November, and finishes by May.

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river   cruise along the niger river

I also saw pelican flying and catching of fish

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

……and I saw birds and ducks

 

The Niger River takes one of the most unusual routes of any major river, with a boomerang shape. Its source is just 240 km inland from the Atlantic Ocean, but the river runs away from the sea into the Sahara Desert, then takes a sharp right turn near the ancient city of Timbuktu and heads southeast to the Gulf of Guinea.  The northern part of the river, known as the Niger bend, is an important area because it is the closest major river and source of water to that part of the Sahara desert. This made it the focal point of trade across the western Sahara, and the centre of the Sahelian kingdoms of Mali and Gao.

 

Cruise along the niger river    Cruise along the niger river

The Fulani man with his cattle and another herds of cattle

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

There are groups of donkeys and goats too 

 

The rice bowl of Timbuktu also located at Korïoume as it is within the Niger River’s delta.

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

The Bozo village.  They are fishermen and live at the riverine area  

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

Mosque and water gate for agriculture’s irrigation 

 

I took the pinasse for 1 hour cruise down stream to Hadoubomo, after spent about 40 minutes for searching and sighting of hippopotamus then I cruise back to Korïoume.  Since that day was Friday I rushed back to Timbuktu and arrived just in time for Friday prayer at Masjid Djingarey Ber. 

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

Making of terra cotta at river side.  Burning the clay

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

The burning complete and take out the clay from the ashes.  Finished products

 

During the cruise I saw many activities along the Niger River.

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river

Washing, bathing, chatting, cleaning kitchen untensils etc.  The Bozo woman doing her daily chores at Hadoubomo

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river  

Day Market held on every Saturday at Hadoubomo.  The traders starts their business on Friday to procure products from villagers 

 

Cruise along the niger river   Cruise along the niger river  

At the other side of the river at Hadoubomo, villagers brought their village’s products to trade.  Bozo people and their activities.  You can see that they are drying the fish on the river bank 

 

 

mamadou

4 responses to “Cruise along the Niger River

  1. mamadou August 11, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Assalamu’alaikum Ayoh Awi

    It is not possible to cruise by boat the entire Niger river as there rapid in certain places like in Bamako. Cruise along Niger river also may not possible during dry season also its water to shallow

    Thanks for your visit

  2. mamadou August 11, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Saudara Rauhan

    The barge here similar to any common barge and requires towboat to move them around.

    Thanks

  3. Rauhan August 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Pak Mamadou,

    Has the barge her own propeller? In Terengganu barges are commonly not move on their own but with the aid of towboats.

  4. mohdzawi August 7, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Mamadou,
    Must be a very interesting cruise. Is there anyway one can cruise the river from end to end?

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