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“This is a fantastic place in Bamako. The guys could not have been more friendly and unbelievably helpful”
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The Sleeping Camel
Ranked #1 of 23 Bamako B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“This is a fantastic place in Bamako. The guys could not have been more friendly and unbelievably helpful”
Reviewed 22 February 2011

With only a week in Mali, the team at the Sleeping Camel (Bill, Clare, Matt, Assigue, Yaya and others) were a vital source of information and great fun. They helped us arrange a fantastic trip with fantastic guides as well as a great night out in Bamako. The Sleeping Camel is a great place to stay - calm, quiet and comfortable if you need a few moments respite from the buzz of Mali..

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

The Sleeping Camel is a little slice of paradise in the midst of Bamako. Once the Morroccan Embassy it punches well above its weight as a budget hotel. The rooms , extensive range of home cooked Malian and International food , cold Castel beer.... all exceptional. The communal patio , bar , dining room a great place to meet fellow travellers. Owners Matt, Bill and Claire seasoned travellers themselves also run trips and tours around Mali and beyond. We travelled with Matt and his team Assigue and Ibrahim to Timbuktu and back , for the festival in the desert . A truly amazing experience.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Ester, Alaska
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

This is a great hostel in Bamako. Matt and his crew were awesome, helpful, knowledgeable and fun. They can help you with your trip in Mali and beyond. Can't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Shell Beach, California
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Reviewed 8 February 2011

I want to weigh in along with so many others about the terrific accommodations provided by The Sleeping Camel. The rooms are clean. The beds are comfortable. The food is good and safe. The showers are hot and the beer is cold. The gathering/eating area is a great way to meet fellow travelers from all over the world. All of the staff are friendly and helpful. The owners, Bill, Claire, and Matt, are charming, knowledgeable and ready to answer questions. What a great "oasis" in a visit to Mali.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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santa fe, new mexico
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Reviewed 30 January 2011

This hotel is just fantastic! It's unpretentious, safe, clean and friendly. The owners are English and Australian and are incredibly welcoming to all of their guests. The people who stay here are generally intrepid overland travelers and are very interesting to talk to. The food is delicious, well-prepared, and well-priced. Wev also stayed at the 5-star Hotel Salam, but the Sleeping Camel was much friendlier, just as comfortable and much better priced.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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helsinki
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

By far the best value in west africa what I have experienced in dozens of cities and towns. Hassle-free. Ex embassy building so the facilities are superb. Very helpfull staff with plenty of experience of Africa travels. And if you ask nicely, Bill might give you some french lessons. My french is now useful thanks to Bill and Matt.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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manchester
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Reviewed 19 January 2011

I stayed in the Sleeping Camel when I first arrived into Bamako in November 2010. It was an oasis from the, at first, intimidating heat and dust of the city. The owners are brilliant and all well travelled themselves so it is a great place to base yourself for travels in Mali or further afield. They were full of information on trips up to the North and had some great suggestions of where to go and how to get there.
I arrived as a solo traveller but quickly met people as the atmosphere is brilliant and it attracts some really interesting and well travelled people- who all spoke English which was a big plus! The bar area is a lovely place to sit/read/meet people/drink beer.. If you're lucky, one of the owners will be going into a music club in town so you can tag along- they recommend Diplomat as great for Live Music and they were right! We had a long night of dancing there for New Year's- the trick is not to arrive before 1am..
In my 2 month trip I was in and out of the Sleeping Camel 3 times so highly recommend it. Excellent for any type of traveller I reckon. Oh and best to book by email in advance as they get pretty busy at peak times..

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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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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