Djenné’s surrounding countryside offers many possibilities for recreation:
Take a horse and carriage to one of the charming villages at a few kilomentres distance from Djenné, for instance the Bozo village of Sirimo or the Bambara village of Diabolo which hosts a festival of Marionettes during one week each January.
Or why not hire a bicycle and cycle the short distance to the Fulani village of Senossa. There are many other villages to explore, and they often have picturesque little mosques made out of mud, evoking in miniature the great mosque of Djenné.
The Niger Inland Delta is rich in bird life: a veritable paradise for ornithologists. Here one can spot the Pied Kingfisher, for instance.
The Bani river is navigable during the whole year and during several months the town of Djenné becomes an island surrounded by water. River journeys can be organised with canoe or pinasse (motorised canoe) to neighbouring villages, for instance to Sirabougou where you can lodge at the Campement de Sirabougou ( Mobile: 75 47 24 57 / 76 22 51 67), an inn created in the spirit of Solidarity Tourism with the aim of giving the local population a chance to profit from tourism.
You can also travel from Djenné to Mopti with canoe or pinasse.