8 Days Culture tour itinerary for mali: Do A Comprehensive Mali Tribe Tour
Bamako, Djenné, Mopti, Segou
Spend an unforgettable week in magnificent Mali. Make stops at Djenné colorful markets, visit the fabulous Dogon country, observe traditional Dogon architecture at Sangha village, enjoy sunset cruises on the Niger River and see Mali's varied ethnic groups come such as Bambara, Bobo etc.
Arrive in Bamako, Mali. International flights arrives in Bamako in the evening; a staff will meet you in the Arrivals hall of Bamako airport, and provide you with your hotel transfer.
Overnight stay in Bamako.
Bamako - Mopti (640 km; 8hr)
After breakfast, we depart Bamako at 08:00 am for a long but scenic drive through the heartland of Mali, along the Niger River, all the way to the port city of Mopti; with sightseeing en route. We will arrive in time to enjoy a sunset stroll along the banks of the Niger River.
Overnight stay in Mopti.
Mopti-Djenné (130 km; 1½hr)
Today we embark on our day-trip to Djenné, the ancient sister-city of Timbuktu, on it'scolorful weekly market day.Djenné
was one of the first commercial centers of the Sahel region: it was the meeting place of the nomads from the Sahara, the local farmers and cattle herders, and the fishermen from the inland delta of the Niger.
After exploring the market, we will stroll the ancient alleys and narrow streets, and see the oldest house in Djenne, dating from the XIIth century. Also see the magnificent Great Mosque, the world's largest mud brick architecture, originally constructed in the XIII century–this is one of Unesco's World Heritage sites.
We will visit the Djenne museum on our way out of town, back to Mopti for overnight stay.
Mopti-dogon country (120 km; ~2hrs)
After breakfast, at 08:00 am, proceed on an onward drive to Mali's fascinating Dogon country. The Dogon tribe originated in the south of Mali, which they fled to preserve their animist religion from the spread of Islam. When they arrived at the Bandiagara cliffs, they found the Tellem people occupying grottos carved in the face of the cliff. They eventually displaced the Tellem people, and used the grottos to bury their dead—funerary rites are an important part of the Dogon culture.
We will visit Songo village on the plains, renowned for its circumcision grotto with rock paintings, then continue to the edge of the escarpment, to Sangha where we check -in into our hotel. We will have an interesting walking tour of Sangha, where we will see many examples of the classic traditional Dogon architecture and contemporary fetishism. Overnight in Sangha.
Dogon country – Mopti / Niger River (120 km; ~2hrs)
Today we visit beautiful Dogon villages on the Bandiagara escarpment: Banani, Ireli, and Amani (see the sanctuary of sacred crocodiles). We will have the option to witness a traditional Dogon mask dance.
After lunch, we will return to Mopti, arriving in time to enjoy a relaxing sunset sail on the Niger River in a private riverboat.
Overnight stay in Mopti.
Mopti – Segou (405 km; ~5hrs)
After breakfast, we have our city tour of Mopti, also known as the Venice of Mali, on it's weekly market day: see the beautiful Sudanese-style mosque, the fishing port, and the bustling local market where many of Mali's ethnic groups come to trade: Bambara, Bobo, Bozo, Dogon, Fulani, Tuareg and Songhay. Shop for gold or silver jewelry, hand-made cotton or wool blankets, or some of Mali's beautiful wood carvings (masks, statues etc.).
At mid-day, we begin our return drive to Segou for overnight stay.
Segou – Bamako (235 km; ~3hrs)
Today we explore Segou, Mali's former colonial capital, with it's interesting mix of traditional and colonial architecture. We will visit the market and the Kasobane boutique with it's high-end traditional and contemporary textile arts.
We will stop by the Nieleni cooperative, which makes hand-woven high-quality wool rugs. Then visit another women's cooperative that makes traditional millet beer.
In the afternoon, we will visit Sekoro village, which was the original Segou and the former capital of the Bambara kingdom; we will meet the village chief who is a descendant of the King Biton Coulibaly.
Then, continue with onward drive to Bamako for overnight stay.
Bamako final departure
Today, visit Bamako: enjoy over-view of this sprawling city from Point G, with a visit of the ancient grotto and rock paintings.
Then onward to the National Museum (see www.mnm-mali.org) to see it's impressive collections of textiles from the 11th to the 20th century, ancient Bamanan, Dogon and Senoufo sculptures, terracotta objects from archeological sites and also contemporary African paintings and sculptures.
In the afternoon, we will also visit the city market, an artisans' village, and the fetish market for traditional medicine.
In the evening, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Car rental and driver fees
Mali tour guide and driver accommodation.
Clients hotel and food.
Every tour is private, scheduled on dates of your choice, beginning and ending on a Saturday in Bamako, MALI; there are no fixed-date group departures.
Bamako, Djenné, Mopti, Segou
Type of Tour
This tour is offered throughout the year.
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