Ségou is a major city of Mali. From here, Bamako can be reached in three hours, when "all is well". Generally, something always happens. If you're traveling in Africa, it is best that you make your plans from day to day, because this way, you will avoid quite a bit of stress. Ségou is a quiet town on the banks of the Niger River. We wanted to visit it because was the former capital of the Bambara Empire, and we had read about its importance during the colonial era, when it was the administrative center of French settlers. A part of the city has a French colonial architectural style, and part traditional African style, with dried mud houses.