Mali - Further reading
Further reading on Mali
Conversations With Ogotemmeli : An Introduction to Dogon Religious Ideas by Marcel Griaule is a good introduction to the complex culture and religion of the Dogons.
René Caillié was the first western explorer to reach Timbuktu and return to tell the tale. The Unveiling of Timbuctoo: The Astounding Adventures of Caillie by Galbraith Welch is an account of his trip.