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8-Day Hiking, Culture, & Arts Tour Of Bamako, Segou, And Djenne
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Boating, Trekking, Culture

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Activity Level

    Medium

  • Language

    English, French, German

Description

Bamako, the capital and largest city of Mali, is known for its many notable institutions such as the University of Bamako, the National Museum of Mali, the Grand Mosque, and its international airport. It is also estimated to be the fastest-growing city in Africa and the sixth-fastest in the world. 

Unbeknownst to many, though, the capital and its surrounding lands are also a treasure trove of natural wonders just waiting to be explored. On this 8-day tour, discover the beauty of nature and the active artisan community of Bamako, Segou, and Djenne as you hike its top trails, cruise the Niger River, and visit local villages and studios known for their impressive world-class art.

Highlights
  • Cruise on the Niger River
  • Examine the displays of the National Museum of Mali
  • Traverse the hiking trails of Bamako
  • Djembe drumming experience
  • Bogolon-making lesson
  • Visit to the pottery village of Kalabougou
  • Day 1: Arrival in Bamako expand_more
    • Arrive in Bamako, where you will be assisted and transferred by our friendly driver guide to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

    Overnight at The Sleeping Camel or a similar hotel.

  • Day 2: Bamako expand_more
    • Start the day with an early morning hike at one of the top hiking trails of Bamako. Led by your professional guide, discover the beauty and mysteries of Manding country. 
    • After half a day of slightly strenuous but invigorating adventure, enjoy a visit to the National Museum of Mali, which offers ethnographic exhibits on the locals. Here, see many interesting items that represent the rich culture of Mali, including displays of masks, textiles, statues, and other contemporary art forms.

    Overnight at The Sleeping Camel or a similar hotel.

  • Day 3: Bamako expand_more
    • Enjoy a moderate hike in the morning at another hotspot for outdoor lovers to see picturesque traditional villages and impressive nature like no other. 
    • Then, cruise the Niger River and discover the Bozo fishermen's way of life along the riverbanks. If you are lucky, you may even spot some hippopotamus and other wildlife cooling down in the water. Your cruise concludes in the afternoon when you will see the mighty sun painting the sky and water below hues of yellow, orange, and pink as it sets over the horizon.

    Overnight at The Sleeping Camel or a similar hotel.

  • Day 4: Bamako - Segou expand_more
    • Go for another morning hike. Only this time, you have the option to choose a Djembe drumming experience or a fun Bogolon-making lesson instead. Otherwise, go ahead and explore other natural wonders of the capital on foot. 
    • After your morning activities, hop on an air-conditioned vehicle that will take you on a scenic 3-hr drive to Segou, a town northeast of Bamako on the right bank of the Niger River.

    Overnight at Hotel Djoliba or similar.

  • Day 5: Segou - Djenne- Mopti - Segou expand_more
    • Depart from Segou at around 6 am to Djenne, an ancient town that will take you back to Medieval times with its ancient Sudanese-style mud buildings. 
    • Upon arrival, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Mosque, the biggest dried mud building in the world. In front of this building is a large square that turns into a colourful market every Monday. Here, locals from different corners of Mali gather to sell, buy, and exchange local produce, artworks, animals, and so much more. 
    • Travel to Mopti, where you visit the market and their Sudanese picturesque mosque. End the day with a transfer back to Segou.

    Overnight at Hotel Djoliba or similar.

  • Day 6: Segou expand_more
    • Dedicate this day to learning more about Segou traditions and arts. Visit the village of Ségou-Koro, the former seat of the Bambara Empire, where the body of the late King Biton Coulibaly lies. 
    • Then, appreciate the talent and skill of the artists in town as you explore several locally-owned ateliers or studios. 
    • In the afternoon, board a boat and take a scenic Niger River cruise, heading to the village of Kalabougou. This humble village is known for its craftsmanship, particularly pottery, of which the women of the village are traditionally employed. You may even purchase a pot or three from the locals as your souvenir from this unforgettable experience.

    Overnight at Hotel Djoliba or similar.

  • Day 7: Segou - Bamako expand_more
    • Depart from Segou in the morning and head back to Bamako. 
    • After lunch, go on another hiking adventure and maybe enjoy the sunset from an elevated part of the capital, making the sweeping scenery even more glorious than it already is.

    Overnight at The Sleeping Camel or a similar hotel.

  • Day 8: Bamako expand_more
    • Take an early morning hike, exploring caves and a string of laid back villages that are always happy to welcome visitors. 
    • In the afternoon, you have the option to enjoy and learn to play djembe, a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, or try your hands at making bogolan, a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud.

    The tour ends with a transfer back to the airport.

What's Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional Mali tour guide 
  • Fuel
  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • Airport transfers
What's Excluded
  • Visa and visa application fees
  • Travel insurance and immunisations
  • Meals, beverages, and snacks not included in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Know before you go
  • The hikes are around 2-hours each (7-8 km) and are an approx 45-min drive in each direction.
  • A Thursday start date would be required if guests would like to visit the Djenne market, which is on a Monday (the most interesting day to visit Djenne) - but not necessary if seeing the Market isn't a priority.
Meeting Point

Bamako, Mali

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
Adult
1 To 10 USD 2250 Per Person

This is a group tour

Private Tour Price USD 2750
Maximum no. of people 3
Tour Reviews
  • Laura

    Abba was an amazing guide. He has all the connections to make anything possible that you want to do in Mali and other countries too. He even got me a meeting with the head of Tourism in Mali government official. Which has a lot of power in that country as they want tourists. As we discussed with him where it was safe to go. I felt perfectly safe traveling alone with Abba the whole time. He will not take you any where that is not safe. I wanted to see an ancient mud mosque and he found one for me to see not far away that was built in 662. And then found the people to open it up to get to see inside too. I wanted to see the old ways of life, many are still living today, and he showed me that in small villages, we saw the old palace of the Bambara Kingdom inside shown to us by the chiefs son. He knows the kings, the chiefs, the amazing secret places to see that no other tourists will get to see. He knew the best place to buy any souvenir and bargained for me so I always got the best price. I saw Ségou, Mali's former colonial capital, traditional Sudanese style & colonial architecture. Having lunch on a patio overlooking the river, of fish right out of The Niger River, 3rd longest river in Africa, and a beautiful sunset over the water. He knows the traditional artisans. I saw how mud clothing was made. We witnessed at sunsets hundreds of bats coming awake around the trees by the waterfront. Amazing to see so many. I saw the Mali National Museum showing how much history this great country has. I saw all this and so much more he found a way to pack it into the short time I had. I wanted a quiet room and he found that in the busy city of Bamako, with so many motorbikes that is difficult to find. A great one on one tour making a really good long-lasting impression of his country with so much knowledge. Thank you for all your hard work.

  • NEWTINHO

    Abba provided a tour in Bamako, knows the history of Mali well and brought knowledge about the country.

  • Andrey

    Just a good guide

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USD 2250 / person

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