I went instead through a dense jungle to Nzerekore, Guinea with a interesting but most of the time closed Ethnographic Museum. Also from there it was. not possible to enter Cote d'Ivoire.
After a bit of rest to Kankan, Guinea, a pleasant town with a Art Deco market built by the French, and then to Bamako (some Japanese managed to get a visa for Mali at the border, but no garantie for that).
Bamako was full of Dutch and German police on a break from Timbukto etc., going north to Mopti would not have been possible, instead i took a bus to Abidjan.