World heritage city Djenné, located on an isle in the Bani river, has about 24,000 inhabitants and is mentioned as one of Africa’s oldest cities. It’s the mud culture, which gives Djenné its unique character. Djenné’s Great Mosque is the world’s largest mud structure and a delight to look at. The mosque, the colourful, lively week market and the buildings with doors and windows with Moroccan and Moorish influences will be a highlight of your visit to Djenné
Every Monday, the wide-open area in front of the mosque is transformed into the rowdy Monday Market, which had changed little since the days when Saharan camel caravans brought salt across the sands to its gates… Djenne is also famous for its mud cloth. The mud comes from the river Niger, and through a fascinating process of oxidisation, it reacts with the natural dyes. This process is also traditionally done on the banks of the river where the fabric is spread out to dry in the sun. Visit an artisan’s workshop and be amazed at the colours.