Road from Bamako to Sikasso. Travel to Sikasso take about 5 hours
Sikasso is the southern-most region of Mali. Sikasso is the 3rd largest city and the capital city of the region. Sikasso is located 374 km from Bamako, 105 km from the Ivory Coast, and 45 km of Burkina Faso. Located in the south, it borders three countries: Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Guinea Conakry. The wettest area in Mali with a humid climate and an average annual temperature of 27°C
Cotton, vegetables and fruits are major agriculture products of Sikasso. The villager plucking mangoes.
Traditional village in Sikasso. Wood is used as source of fuel especially for cooking.
Wood also source of income. The villagers sells its
Sikasso is divided into 7 cercles:
A man find solace here and perfoms religious rituals
The city of Sikasso is known for a vibrant outdoor market which features fabrics, numerous vegetables and fruits especially mangoes, for which Sikasso is particularly renowned. Sikasso is an ethnic and linguistic melting pot featuring people from outlying villages and neighbouring countries
A view from the top of Missirikoro Cave
Traditional village at Missirikoro
The southwest corner of the Sikasso region is traditionally known as Wassoulou. This area is known for its unique music and strong tradition of hunting. The main city of Wassoulou is Yanfolila. Other major cities in Sikasso region include Bougouni, a junction town en route to the capital of Mali; and Koutiala, in the northern Sikasso region, which is the hub of Mali’s highly productive cotton industry, which produces one of the country’s exports products.
Agriculture livestock, gold mining at Morila, Siama and Kalana and trans-border transport are the other main economic activities.
As city of cultural, Sikasso houses mask dances, the festival of triangular balafon, the manifestations, traditional music and expressions of Wassoulou. Famous Malian female singer Oumou Sangaré is from here and named her owned hotel in Bamako after her birth place Wassoulou
Tea plantation at Farako. Tea grows under the shade of mango trees
‘Thé Farako’ originates from here
Lower level of Farako waterfall
New housing area in Sikasso
Tomb of Tiéba Traore. King of Kenedougou 1866-1893
Remnants of ‘Le Tata’ and minaret of modern mosque at the background
3. Yanfolla (270 km from Sikasso) includes a museum of hunting and forest providing opportunities for ecotourism and tourism game (lions, antelopes, monkeys, wild boars etc)
4. Sélingué (168 km from Sikasso) is an eco-tourism area with its fishing villages and Hydroelectric Dam
View from ‘Le Mamelon’. Evening market in Sikasso city, showing a houseware made from some fruit (I forgot its name). The fruit’s content and its seed were removed and then dried under the sun
Historic mural of Tiéba Traore and Babemba Traore at the foothill of Mamelon
Evening market in Sikasso city
6. Farako Village (28 km from Sikasso). Its waterfalls flow on a bed rock. Its strong tea, hectares of tea plantation under the shades of mangoes trees. There is also a processing plant tea.
7. Missirikoro Caves (12km from Sikasso): these rock hills about 80 meters high, is a place of worship and contemplation for different religions
8. Tintrike de Zoha. The place that you view remains of catfish and carp embedded in the rock.
Going back to Bamako from Sikasso
On my journey back to Bamako, I captured this view of traditional village, somewhere in Sikasso
9. Le Mamelon. Located on the top of lateritic hill, in the centre of the Sikasso city. At the hill top, King Tiéba built the palace, where he received his guests. Today the place is used as observation tower and gives a panoramic view of the Sikasso city.
10. The Palace of Kélétigui Korouma Berthé. The remains of palace built by Chief Army of King Tiéba then King Babemba that resemble of the Djenné architectural style.
11. Le Tata: This impressive wall that surrounded the town was built under King Tiéba Traore. Today remains a testimony to its past
Roadside food stalls. We stop during the journey back to Bamako to buy cold drinks, American Cola not Coca-cola
I saw something interesting. Fish catching fiesta during dry season