Although you can travel without guides, your experience will be considerably
enhanced by ravelling with a local, preferably Dogon, guide. Not only
will they make sure that
you do not miss what you came to see, but also as a courtesy to the local
inhabitants, not to mention the important contribution you and they can make
to the local economy.
may wish to purchase some cola nuts as gifts for the photogenic locals who
seem happy enough to pose for a handful of these prized commodities.
You can either take a fully inclusive tour, or hire guides by the day, with
or without transport.
Our guide was Oumar Dolo, aka Barou, who speaks English, French and Dogon.
He is a native Dogon, has spent his life in the region and is an
experienced guide, particularly sensitive to the needs of photographers.
Barou is based in Bandiagara,
and can be contacted by email or telephone:
Mobile: 00 223 6 84 24 69
223 2442 905
Also recommended by a fellow
traveller is Mamadou Traore (or 'Man' for short), a professional Dogon guide
speaking English, French, Bambara, Peul, and several Dogon dialects. He was
born about 1970, the son of a Dogon artist. He entered the tourism business
at an early age, and has been guiding both package tours and individual
tourists around Dogon country, Timbuktu, Djenne, Mopti, etc for more than
For more details visit his