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.
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).
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.
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.
I also saw pelican flying and catching of fish
……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.
The Fulani man with his cattle and another herds of cattle
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.
The Bozo village. They are fishermen and live at the riverine area
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.
Making of terra cotta at river side. Burning the clay
The burning complete and take out the clay from the ashes. Finished products
During the cruise I saw many activities along the Niger River.
Washing, bathing, chatting, cleaning kitchen untensils etc. The Bozo woman doing her daily chores at Hadoubomo
Day Market held on every Saturday at Hadoubomo. The traders starts their business on Friday to procure products from villagers
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