The Ferry road to Djenné - Mali

A small herd of goats walking on the far river bank, with a backdrop of  bushes and mango trees and a very long pirogue in the foreground ..
a reminder of Djenné's long-time boat building and trading history.

This information is from the Rough Guide to West Africa : "After converting to Islam in the 13th century, Djenné became a way-station for gold, ivory, lead, wool, kola nuts and other precious items from the south. Merchants had their main depots here and sold their wares from outlets they operated throughout the region, notably Timbuktu. They developed a flotilla of boats .. some up to 20 metres long .. capable of transporting tens of tonnes of these goods to Timbuktu, from where they made their way to the north."