Filed Under (Things to do in Bamako) by Rob on 22-11-2010

Visit “Waspy Waterfall” just a few miles out of town:

A beautiful place for a relaxing day out and a picnic, I’m sure you’ll agree. We call it “Waspy Waterfall” because Tim (the ‘map man’) once got attacked by a swarm of the instects there and lost his glasses in the process!!

The journey there is an ‘interesting’ one and should only be attempted in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, as it also includes two river crossings.

The lower section of the falls has some tricky climbing (as well as wasps/bees), but the upper falls are calmer and our kids even had a paddle!

To get there is a bit tricky but, basically, you carry on along the same valley from the horse monument, fording the river to the right side (ie the ‘left bank’), then back over again a while later. Not far after the 2nd crossing, you will see the waterfalls on your right. Although it’s only about 9km off road, it took us around 45 minutes as the terrain is a bit rough!

Click here to see Tim’s route to the waterfalls – NB this is a bicycle route, so make sure you take the right fork in a car, not the left one which goes uphill. As far as I can tell, this is the waterfall from above on Google maps (shame the sun wasn’t shining on this section of Mali at the time!)

Finally, click here to see my Facebook photos of the falls (as well as another waterfall in Siby), and here to see Tim’s pictures (including an impressive one during rainy season).

Happy travels!

1 Comment posted on "Things to do in Bamako no.14"
anne on November 22nd, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

this place looks beautiful.