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Bongosso is located in Mali
Location in Mali
Coordinates: 12°40′18″N 5°11′35″W / 12.67167°N 5.19306°W / 12.67167; -5.19306Coordinates: 12°40′18″N 5°11′35″W / 12.67167°N 5.19306°W / 12.67167; -5.19306
Country  Mali
Region Sikasso Region
Cercle Koutiala Cercle
Commune Koromo
Elevation 306 m (1,004 ft)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Bongosso (or Bougounso) is a village and seat (chef-lieu) of the commune of Koromo in the Cercle of Koutiala in the Sikasso Region of southern Mali.[1] The village is 45 km northeast of Koutiala.

The French explorer René Caillié stopped at Bongosso in February 1828 on his journey to Timbuktu. He was travelling with a caravan transporting kola nuts to Djenné. He described the village in his book Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo published in 1830.[2] He wrote:

About eleven in the morning we arrived at Bancousso [Bongosso], a large village containing a population of five or six hundred, and situated in a well cultivated plain, shaded by baobabs. This village has a large market, well supplied with the productions of the country; I saw in it a great quantity of cloth and earthen pots which are made here.[3]


  1. ^ Communes de la Région de Sikasso (PDF) (in French), Ministère de l’administration territoriale et des collectivités locales, République du Mali, archived (PDF) from the original on 19 September 2012 .
  2. ^ Viguier 2008, p. 63.
  3. ^ Caillié 1830, pp. 431-432.