6 Days Culture tour itinerary for mali: Delve Deep Into Malian Rural Cultures
Bamako, Djenné, Mopti, Segou
Explore Mali, an African country in West Africa, on this guided tour. You will marvel at the Komoguel Mosque, National Museum, distinct villages, and other iconic places. You will also ride a traditional riverboat on the Niger River and learn about Dogon Country.
Arrival in Bamako. International flights arrive in Bamako in the evening; our staff will meet you in the Arrivals hall of Bamako Airport, and provide your hotel transfer.
Overnight in Bamako.
Bamako – Mopti (640 km; ~8hr)
Depart from Bamako at 08:00 am for a long and scenic drive through the heartland of Mali, following the Niger River, all the way to the port city of Mopti; sightseeing en route.
Overnight in Mopti.
Mopti / Niger River
Spend the day exploring Mopti, the "melting pot" of Mali, located between the Bani and the Niger rivers.
See the Sudanese-style Komoguel Mosque, the fishing port (see pirogues being made by hand), and the bustling 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).
End our day with a relaxing private sunset sail on the Niger River in a traditional riverboat.
Overnight in Mopti.
Mopti – Djenne (130 km; ~1½hr) – Dogon country (230 km; ~3½hr)
Have breakfast. Depart for on our excursion to Djenne, Timbuktu's historical sister-city at 08:00 am. Djenne 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.
Stroll the ancient alleys and narrow streets, and see the oldest house in Djenne, dating from the 12th century. Also see the magnificent Great Mosque, the world's largest mud brick architecture.
Visit the Djenne Museum on our way out of town, as we drive to Mali's fascinating Dogon country.
Arrive in Sangha with your Malian tour guide.
Enjoy a walking tour of this large agglomeration of 10 distinct villages, including Ogols and Bongo; see the traditional women's house, and the fetish altar of the Hogon, the Dogon people's traditional and religious leader.
Overnight in Sangha.
Dogon country – Segou (505 km; ~7hr)
Have breakfast at 07:00 am.
Descend into Bandiagara escarpment to visit the village Banani, reputedly one of the most beautiful of the cliff villages.
On our departure from Dogon country, visit the village Songo on the Dogon Plateau. Songo is renowned for it's circumcision grotto rock paintings; circumcision ceremonies are held here every three years for all Dogon boys aged 9-14 years old; the rock paintings are historical representations of noble Dogon families.
Onward drive to Segou for overnight.
Segou – Bamako (235 km; ~3hr) / final departure
Visit Segou, Mali's former colonial capital for i'ts interesting mix of traditional and colonial architecture.
Visit the market and the Kasobane boutique for it's high-end traditional and contemporary textile art.
Stop by the Nieleni Cooperative which makes hand-woven high-quality wool rugs.
Drive to Bamako with your Malian tour guide.
Visit the National Museum for it's impressive collections of textiles from the 11th to the 20th century, ancient Bamanan, Dogon and Senoufo sculptures, terracotta objects from archaeological sites and contemporary African paintings and sculptures. Try to squeeze in a visit to the artisans village before it closes, for some last-minute shopping if time permits.
Head to the airport for final departure in the evening.
5 nights hotel, double occupancy, with breakfast.
Private ground transportation by air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle, with driver and fuel.
Sunset sail on the Niger River by private river boat.
Experienced English-speaking Malian tour guide throughout.
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure in Bamako.
All hotel taxes and local tourism taxes.
All sightseeing, excursion and entry fees, as per tour program.
International travel to/from Bamako.
Non-specified meals, and drinks/bottled water.
Optional items and personal expenses.
Every tour is private, scheduled on dates of your choice; there are no fixed-date group departures.
Contact us for prices. Groups of any size are welcome. Be sure to specify the month/year of travel, and how many persons are in your party as prices are digressive, so a better value per person for a party of four than a party of two, etc.
1 km ~ 0.6 mile; driving times are approximate, depending on local conditions and stops
NB: Hotels subject to availability of reservations; see proposed hotels description.
NB: Day-room is optional, not included, in Bamako on Day 6; please specify if you would like to include a day-room.
Mali entry requirements: (1) visa; (2) yellow fever vaccination.
Bamako, Djenné, Mopti, Segou
Type of Tour
This tour is offered throughout the year.
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