I couldn’t tell you how excited I was to arrive in Sindou. It had been a couple months since I’d been anywhere with any sort of current tourism draw, and Sindou was meant to be a big attraction. The truth, however, was much better. Sure, the village and the adjacent Sindou Peaks are a marvel, and an attraction. However, the area still maintains its own character, isn’t overrun by hotels and tour operators, and is still as community based as anyone could ever hope. Though you don’t need weeks, over even a couple days here in Sindou, you’d be silly to skip out on a visit here and to the surrounding area.
Time Needed: 1-2 Days (possible on a day trip from Banfora)
Backpacker’s Budget: $30-35 USD per Day
Things to do in Sindou
- The Sindou Peaks: This is the calling card, and the reason that 99% of tourists come through town. The peaks are beautiful any time of day, but are best around sunset. Guides are found at a hut near the entrance and are required during a visit, although they aren’t expensive.
- Village Tours: You can hire a guide, even a motorcycle if you’d like, and go and visit some of the nearby villages. The roads are rough and sandy, so be prepared for some delays. Public transport is sparse.
Where to Eat in Sindou
On the main strip in town near the traffic circle there are a couple small beer and food spots. However, if you’re staying at one of the guesthouses or campements in town you’re likely to eat there instead.
Where to Stay in Sindou
You’re not going to find a traditional hotel in Sindou, and that’s a good thing. I stayed at a campement called Campement Soutrala which is the first one you’ll see if you’re coming from Banfora. The place has nice mud huts to stay in, hammocks to swing in, and decent grub as well as a shop where you can pick up things like beer, coke, and even homemade peanut butter. If you have camping gear, they’ll let you camp as well, although rooms were only 4,000CFA when I was there.
Getting out of Town
There’s not a lot of transport in Sindou unless you’re heading to Banfora for which there are cars all day and even a couple buses. Some tourists try to get to the village of Niansogoni, and there is usually one car a day for there. I arrived via Sikasso, Mali. If you’re coming from Mali, you can take a right turn just a couple kilometers after the border and take a dirt road all the way here, or you can head to Banfora first. Banfora is about 50km away.
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