Situated on an island in the Bani River in central Mali, Djenne was once an important stop on the Trans-Saharan route and linked with the fortunes of the legendary desert city of Timbuktu.
Caravans of salt, gold and slaves, ensured that Djenne thrived during the 15th to 17th centuries AD and like its northern sister Timbuktu, it was also a center of Islamic scholarship and learning.
Djenne-Djenno was first settled around 250 BC with some of the earliest evidence for iron production in sub-Saharan Africa. Djenne area was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
Travels in Mali – 2007