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The Sleeping Camel
Ranked #1 of 23 Bamako B&B and Inns
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Good value for money”
Reviewed 17 April 2013

I spent 3 1/3 weeks at the Sleeping camel and was delighted with the cool atmosphere and the quiet garden with big old trees surrounding the building.
A good place to exchange information with other travellers.
Food is OK, - staff is always very friendly but not extremely fast. They do speak some English, which is not standard in West Africa.
Being located south of the river Niger, the place is quiet at night and access to the airport is easy even when the bridges are closed, as it may happen from time to time.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2013

Our arrival to Bamako couldn't be better, we got hit by the crazy Friday afternoon traffic jams and couple of hours later we finally found what we were looking for: Sleeping Camel. In case you are looking for it and asking people about it, it's wiser to ask for German Embassy, which is situated on the next lot.

We were staying in our roof tents. Showers are decent, place is kept clean. Restaurant/bar is offering some delicious African style food, try our their Malinese sandwich. It's a great place to meet overlanders and other foreign people traveling through Mali.

Recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Huaraz, Peru
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45 reviews
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Reviewed 7 December 2012 via mobile

I've neglected to doing my review during the time I was at this awesome venue. The Sleeping Camel was my base on and off for c.7 months whilst driving overland tours.
The service I got was always friendly even though at times I was probably like part of the furniture. I didn't have to worry about our clients not getting extra help/advice, it was always at hand.
The food: brilliant! Always always very Yum and had you craving more even though you probably couldn't fit another bite in.
Christmas 2011 and the New Year's were both memorable occassions of note!

Can't recommend this enough!

Thanks again for making my sojourn in West Africa so memorable

  • Stayed January 2012
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Nurnberg
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2012

In 2010 we stayed 3 weeks in Mali and Burkina Faso organised by the Sleeping / Surfing Camel.
The place is a perfect start to explore Mali. First we had 3 days having a little Bambara language introduction and a little drumming class in the Sleeping Camel.
Then we explored Djenne, Mopti and the Niger river and hiking in Dogon country with Assigue, our very friendly and helpful guide. Then we continued travelling to Burkina Faso where Salifou was our guide. Together with both very nice guides we had a lot of fun on this public transportation tour. Great food and good life music were the spices of this trip.

Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Bamako, Mali
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2012

Brilliant place to stay if you are travelling through Mali for business or leisure. Very friendly atmosphere, with helpful staff fluent in French and English. The food is excellent and the location is perfect; just off the main road but 5 mins walk from restaurants, supermarkets and bars.
Would recommend it to anyone!

Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Velden am Woerthersee, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2012

It seemed like the logical choice since I heard about this place so often along the way. The location is convenient not far from the bridge across the river that takes you right into the city centre. It is a nice area of town. The property is walled and prior to being a hotel was used as an embassy. Accommodation is from camping over dorm and ahred bathroom to en-suite with air condition. I had a simple single room with shared facilities. It was definitely clean and there was a bed with a mosquito net and a fan but otherwise furniture was scarce. I found it overpriced, and it seemed to me that the more or less comfortable rooms were more realistically priced. The outside area is nice and green, with plenty of seating. The bar has cold beer and the restaurant is excellent, even if you don't stay there, try their food. Staff was super friendly although not always helpful. The surrounding area is a nice part of town with some embassies around, predominantly big houses. A restaurant, night club, supermarket, banks and a patisserie are nearby in easy walking distance. Due to the military coup I stayed there for much longer than planned, but I guess if I ever come back to Bamako, I will probably stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Vienna, Austria
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2012

great location, relaxed atmosphere, service personnel is very helpful, meeting point for different kinds of travellers, also quite crazy ones (like a cyclist who rode alone from Germany - Spain - Marocco - Mauretania - Senegal - Mali), you can speak French and English as you like

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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Property: The Sleeping Camel
Address: Rue 25, Porte 80 | Badalabougou Est, Bamako 0000, Mali
Region: Mali > Bamako
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Bamako
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a quiet area of Badalabougou close to the Niger River, a short walk to local bars, eating places, banks & shops, and just a 10 minute walk into the heart of Bamako.The owners have spent 10 years travelling & leading tours throughout Africa and using their experience have set up a little oasis in Bamako for travellers to use as a home away from home and as a base for further travel in West Africa.The Sleeping Camel also features its very own well-stocked bar and restaurant, and a peaceful garden to relax in. ... more   less 

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