Mopti is often referred to as “The Venice of Mali” because it is surrounded by water. It is mainly composed of three islands—Bani, Old Town, and New Town—linked together by dikes.
You will not have any problems with rain when you go to Mopti, Mali because it is always hot and dry year round. But at least, you will be surrounded by water, just like in Venice, Italy.
One of the best things that you can do in Mopti, Mali is to go cruising in the Niger River. You can ride a boat that will take you to the different islands of Mopti.
You should also explore the port or the harbour which is always bustling with activity—from vendors to fishermen to traders trying to buy and sell different products. You will feel as if you are in the heart of Mopti where everything is moving and active.
And just like almost all of the places in Mali, you can also find a nice marketplace in Mopti. There are local produce, crafts, and wares crafted by the locals themselves. Although it is a small market, you will be overwhelmed by the sights and sounds that are not familiar in Western markets. You can buy unique souvenirs in this market that you can take home with you.
Mopti also has a mosque made of mud, just like other places in Mali or Africa. You should visit the mosque to learn a little about the Islam religion.