Posts Tagged ‘Villa for rent in Mali’

Mali, West Africa 2010-2011

February 18, 2011

My family was very lucky this year to be able to return to Mali, my Peace Corps country of service and my husband’s homeland, after eight years away.  It was so great to be back and see family and friends and all the changes going on in the city and my old village, Salamale.  We had taken Nani to Mali when she was one, but Dambou had never been.  It was an incredible experience for them to meet all their relatives and see the Malian way of life.  My parents were also able to join us for two weeks and have Christmas and New Years Eve with us and Lassana’s family.

Over the past five winters, Lassana has been building a house just outside of Bamako.   Finally, he has completed his work and the house will be ready to rent out before he returns home to us.  Located just a 10 minute drive into the center of the capital city, Bamako; the house is nestled among mango trees and only a short walk to the Niger River.  The house has a large open living room with a cathedral ceiling open to the third level, a large dining room and kitchen with separate laundry room, 6 bedrooms: two on the first floor with a shared bath, two on the second floor with shared bath, and two are private suites with private baths and porches, also on the second floor.  There is a beautiful roof deck that sits above the mango trees and is perfect for relaxing in a warm afternoon breeze.  The tiled pool in the backyard is plenty deep for diving, and long enough to do laps in.   There is a rock waterfall with a lighted cave to swim into at the deep end.  More photos of the finished house to come, since it was not quite done when I left Mali in January.  Landscaping was all done by Lassana with many native tropical plants and trees including coconut palms, papayas and flowering shrubs.  More photos of that to come too!  If you or anyone you know is interested in renting this villa for long or short term, contact me!

Our Bamako house, ready for renting



The back view with pool steps, also showing master suite porch above


The pool with cave and soon-to-be waterfall at the deep end


Dambou balancing in the front yard


Looking up at Lassana from the open living room. The third floor opens out to the roof deck.


Lassana's mother, Manthita on left, and her sister Baima


A group of family and friends at the blessing of our new house


Lassana's aunt


My parents at a new botanical park in Bamako


Fellow Mali RPCVs, Greg Flatt and Cindy Hellmann, started ECOVA Mali and here are some photos from the training site outside Bamako

ECOVA Mali kitchen hut and animal house in back


ECOVA Mali's tomato harvest


Madou, Country director of ECOVA Mali


ECOVA Mali gardens


My mother treads lightly through the ECOVA gardens


Water is pumped from a well and directed through the trenches


A magnificent view from the Siby Arch


Under the Siby Arch


Interesting rocks in Siby



A boat we took to cross the Niger in Segou


The small village we visited where they make pottery, across the Niger from Segou


Baobab trees


A woman making pottery, all by hand with no wheel


Weaving cotton for bogolon


Boiling the tree bark to dye the white cotton before mud is painted on


Painting with mud onto the woven cotton




Our compound in the village, mud bricks being made


All the village houses are built with mud bricks, this is our hut in progress


Our village compound, kitchen hut on left, sleeping hut on right


Nani and Hawa, canoeing down the Niger


Nani and Assitan, learning to wash clothes by hand


Standing on a termite mound


Grassy field with termite mounds


Dambou joins my former host family in Salamale


Nani with my former host mother, Marimuso and her grandchildren


Marimuso and me with her peanut harvest


Lassana on the right, heading onto the Niger


Going down to see the cows getting a drink


Nani's village classroom, a pretty quiet spot!


Dambou and Batoma playing out back


All our dishes


Back from the bush with wood for the cook-fire


Our kitchen and Malike, a young man who helps us out around the huts


Frying plantains


Biking is the number one mode of transport in the village


Salamale village elementary school, out for lunch


Salamale kids


The community health center that was my Peace Corps Project


My wonderful husband, Lassana


On the river, this bird became a delicious breakfast made by my sister-in-law!

An elder in Salamale

My last night in Safola, we decided to have a little dance party, so we called the drummers and had some fun!