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Me and my wife traveled with Assigue through Mali in November 2010. Together we had a great time (however, the time we had was too short). Starting in Bamako, he organized a little Bambara language class as well as a very funny drumming lesson for us. Also he introduced us into the vibrant night life (concert, theater) of Bamako. Further on we visited Segou, Djenne, Mopti and the Dogon country together by bus, boat or private car. Overall we enjoyed the time with Assigue very much: he was a very helpfull, reliable and friendly guide and friend to us. We exchanged a lot of informations about the way of life in Mali and Europe.
We will come back to Mali and hope to meet Assigue again.

A ni ce Assigue for a great time!

Ronny Hannemann

Assigue is a friendly and knowledgeable guide. We travelled with him from Bamako to Bandiagara, a three-day trek through the Dogon, a jeep drive to Timbuktu and the Festival in the Desert, and then on a three-day Pinasse trip from Timbuktu to Mopti.

When we first walked across the plains of rock to where the ground splits open and leads into the 200km cliff face of the Dogon valley, Assigue began to tell us about the importance of the Bau Bau trees. The tough bark of the tree he stood next to was scarred with horizontal lines around the base of it trunk so that it had a lip of thickened bark several feet off the ground. “This is not a decoration – this is where people cut the bark to make rope. The bark is soaked, the fibers peeled apart, twisted, and then twisted together,” he told us. “The fruit is also used to sweeten millet, as a candy, or an instrument.” He beckoned over a small boy who, with perfect accuracy, brought down a large hard shelled fruit from a 50m high branch with a rock in a slingshot. Assigue cracked the fruit open and we tasted a bit as he further explained the fruits uses and preparations.

His knowledge of the Dogon, where he grew up, was detailed and insightful – the fetish traditions, grain houses for each wife, the origin of the people from the star Sirius, the legends of the mask dances, etc…. His kindness eased every kind of interaction with local people, outside the Dogon as well. I even had the chance to play drums during a mask dance – I asked for a little instruction from the man who was drumming – and Assigue interpreted. He would helpfully seek the answer to any questions.

I absolutely recommend him as a guide to be trusted, asked questions, befriended, and relied upon if needed.

Alyssa Moxley

I traveled to Mali for the 2011 Festival in the Desert and along with a friend arranged to join a tour with the Sleeping Camel Hotel in Bamako. Assigue Dolo was our Guide on this trip. I cannot speak too highly of Assigue, he is competent, capable, knowledgeable and really helped made the trip quite memorable. We were with him on the journey to the Festival and Timbuktu then for the Pinasse ride back up the Niger to Mopti and then we went with him to his home in the Dogon Country where he guided us on a Trek which was quite extraordinary.
He speaks very good English and of course French as well as Dogon, Bambara and likely more local dialects. Getting to know Assigue and now count him among my friends has been very rewarding. He is a great Guide but more importantly, a great human being.

Eric Graves

I had the pleasure of visiting Mali in February 2011, which I enjoyed immensely. After arriving in Bamako, myself and a friend decided to book at tour to Dogon country which is how we met Assigue. We arranged to meet the following week the night before our trip to finalise the details. From the beginning Assigue made us feel very welcome. His spoken English is amazing and we had an incredible 3 days. He was conscious of our ability to trek in the heat, he stopped and explained all about the Dogon villages and life and answered any questions we had. He has a relaxed nature, however very professional in his field. He also has a great sense of humour which makes him an incredibly good guide. We could not find fault with our trip with Assigue and I would definitely like to do more treks with him.

I have travelled extensively around the world and been a guide myself. Assigue is one of the best guides I have ever had the pleasure to meet and whoever he works for is extremely lucky to have him as an employee.

Marie O’Connor

If you’re traveling to Mali, then I’d recommend meeting up with Assigue and planning a trip to some of the wonderful places that he knows so well. Normally one to travel alone, I really believe we would have missed or misunderstood many of the great sights and sounds of Mali without our cool Dogon friend. Relaxed, knowledgeable and sporting a great hat make sure you give Assigue a call the next time you’re in Mali.

Jonathan Silver

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Jonathan Silver July 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

If your travelling to Mali, then I’d recommend meeting up with Assigue and planning a trip to some of the wonderful places that he knows so well. Normally one to travel alone I really believe we would have missed or misunderstood many of the great sights and sounds of Mali without our cool Dogon friend. Relaxed, knowledgable and sporting a great hat make sure you give Assigue a call next time your in Mali.

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