During may stay in Mali I had organized a three-day tour up the Niger River on a small boat. The boat had a crew of two, plus my guide and me. I spent two nights in a small tent somewhere on the shore of the Niger River. It was a fun trip, and I saw a lot of birds along the river (plus a glimpse of a hippo). On the first day we were driving up-river till about 21:00 before we stopped for the night. On the second day we stopped around 20:00. On the last day we arrived just short of Mopti around 15:00, where my driver picked us up again.

The people along the Niger River in this area are mostly Bozo fishermen, and fishing is a big part of their daily life.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Boats

Third Boat Left Boat
The third boat from the left was my boat. (726k)
Loading Fuel Into Boat
Loading fuel into the boat. (822k)
Interior Boat Cooking Area
Interior of my boat with the cooking area in the foreground. (662k)
Cooking Dinner
Cooking dinner. (700k)
Small Boat Tied Shore
Small boat, tied down on shore. (900k)
Early Morning Egret Migration
Early morning egret migration over a sailboat. (497k)
Boat Niger River Crewed
Boat on the Niger River, crewed by kids. (698k)
Boats Propelled Pushing Poles
Many boats were propelled by pushing with poles. (636k)
Young Kid Pushing Boat
Young kid pushing a boat with a big pole. (492k)
Woman Pushing Boat Niger
Woman pushing a boat on the Niger River. (551k)
Young Helmsman Niger River
Young helmsman on the Niger River. (505k)
Very Young Helmsman Motorboat
Very young helmsman on a motorboat on the Niger River. (657k)
Couple Families Boats Niger
A couple of families in their boats on the Niger River. (457k)
Family Sailboat
Family on a sailboat. (784k)
Two Kids Leisurely Rowing
Two kids leisurely rowing down river. (509k)
Brightly Colored Transport Boat
Brightly colored transport boat on shore. (620k)
Brightly Painted Boat
Brightly painted boat. (594k)
Lots Boats Marshes Collecting
Lots of boats in the marshes, collecting mash grass. (533k)
Collecting Marsh Grasses
Collecting marsh grasses. (642k)
Close-up Fisherman Net
Close-up of a fisherman with his net. (416k)
Fishermen Preparing Boats
Fishermen preparing their boats. (433k)
Fishing Village Fishermen Niger
Fishing village with fishermen on the Niger River. (657k)
Fisherman Casting Net
Fisherman casting his net. (457k)
Fisherman Pulling Net
Fisherman pulling up a net. (643k)
Community Fishing
Community fishing. (502k)
Large Boat Getting Ready
A large boat getting ready to set fish traps. (526k)
Large Freight Boat Only
Large freight boat. The only boat larger than this, that I saw, was a ferry. (586k)
Boats All Tied Together
These boats were all tied together and traveling as one. (457k)

Settlements

Laundry Niger River
Laundry in the Niger River. (719k)
Laundry Niger River
Laundry in the Niger River. (820k)
Washing Bathing Niger River
Washing and bathing in the Niger River. (745k)
Kid Watching Shore
Kid watching us from shore. (504k)
Kids Watching Shore
Kids watching us from shore. (655k)
Kids Watching Shore
Kids watching us from shore. (677k)
Family Life Shore
Family life on shore. (644k)
Doing Chores
Doing chores. (717k)
Pounding Grain
Pounding grain. (865k)
Kids Fetching Water River
Kids fetching water from the river. (750k)
Saw Started Waving
When they saw us they started waving at us. (951k)
Men Work
Men at work. (583k)
Camp Along Niger River
Camp along the Niger River. (1033k)
Settlement Along Niger River
Settlement along the Niger River. (776k)
Settlement Along Niger River
Settlement along the Niger River during sunset. (588k)
Settlement Along Niger River
Settlement along the Niger River. (597k)
Settlement Along Niger River
Settlement along the Niger River. (781k)
Settlement Along Niger River
Settlement along the Niger River. (566k)
Settlement Life Niger River
Settlement life on the Niger River. (606k)
Nomadic Village Along Niger
Nomadic village along the Niger River. (544k)
Typical Mud Brick Village
Typical mud brick village on the Niger River. (773k)
Village Niger River Mud
Village on the Niger River with mud brick mosque. (572k)
Village Niger River Beautiful
Village on the Niger River with beautiful, large mud brick mosque. (711k)

Scenery

Floating Shoe River Garbage
Floating shoe on the river. There was some garbage along and in the river, especially around settlements. (502k)
Egret Over Night Roost
An egret over the night roost trees at sunset. (578k)
Lone Egret Flying Sunset
Lone egret flying in the sunset. (407k)
Sunset Behind Lean-to
Sunset behind a lean-to. (503k)
Full Moon Rising Over
Full moon rising over a local village on the Niger River. (480k)
Full Moon After Sunset
Full moon just after sunset. You can see the shadow of the earth against the sky, cast by the sun just below the horizon. (437k)
Sunset Niger River
Sunset on the Niger River. (617k)
Sunset Niger River
Sunset on the Niger River. (426k)
First Light Before Sunrise
First light before sunrise. (435k)
Going Work Before Sunrise
Going to work before sunrise. (495k)
Crew Getting Boat Ready
My crew is getting the boat ready for a sunrise departure. (408k)
Sunrise Over Niger River
Sunrise over the Niger River. (610k)
Sand Storm Along Niger
Sand storm along the Niger River. (606k)

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