When is an island, not an island? As it turns out, when it's not flooded. Across from Mopti, on the left bank of the Bani river is the small fishermen village of Djenne Daka. Arriving on a traditional pirogue boat, the village was small and welcoming. While the buildings seemed clustered together, I didn't realize just how crammed in they were until I let my drone take to the skies.
Pretty incredible really. The area floods such that there are places where it's just a couple houses wide! This was the first time I flew my drone in Mali, and it is a memory I'll not soon forget. My guide throughout the tour did an amazing job of keeping some space around me so that I could safely fly without children swarming around me or getting in the way of the drone when it lands. Drones in Mali quickly get a lot of attention, and before I landed he got practically the whole village cheering. I feel so behind on editing some of these videos because the views are spectacular. Stay tuned!
The unique perspective of a drone unveils this village's true boundaries.