||Not surprisingly for an
area which has been a major tourist destination for centuries, there are
fairly reasonable facilities including decent hotels, food and even wine,
at least in the main towns of Bandiagara and Sangha.
Even the tiny villages
seem to be able to conjure up cold beer and fresh food and, although we
never actually stayed in them ourselves (just lunch), the auberges seemed
to offer basic, comfortable amenities, such as sleeping on the roof (and
sometimes even showers!). This sounds awful, but in those
temperatures, with a mosquito net, it is actually quite pleasant.
||On arriving in
Bandiagara, we tried the Hotel Kambary (Cheval Blanc), an interesting bit
of Swiss architecture, but sadly this was full of package tourists and, by
all local accounts a bit of a tourist trap. Next on the road into
town the recently completed Hotel la Falaise was surprisingly comfortable,
cheap and very welcoming; courtyard hotel funded by Swiss girlfriend of
"Papa". Clean, air-conditioned rooms with basic en-suite
restaurant, but with good fresh food cooked to order. Good bar and
they even had drinkable wine, Cotes du Rhone at €10.
+223 244 2128
If you want to stay in
Sangha, the Hotel Guina has all the essentials including air-conditioned
rooms, restaurant and a decent bar.
Tel.: 00 870 76 35 77 89