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Testimonials

Mali 15-day Tour 2008

Dear Goita, Thank you for organizing and arranging such an enjoyable tour of Mali for us from the 24th of July to the 8th of August 2008. Your company Continent Tours organized a very comprehensive and interesting 2 week tour for us. Although days and travel were necessarily long we managed to see many of Mali’s highlights in this time. We particularly enjoyed the opportunities to interact and meet with the local people, Dogon Villages, Tuareg camp site, Timbuktu, village markets, Teriya Bugu and places of interest in the larger centres. These were only made possible by the high standard of service offered by the driver and guide. Lamine was safe, considerate and reliable at all times. His sense of humour, cheerful personality and African music tapes added to the experience. Mr. Sory had a wide knowledge of the peoples and places visited and acted as an able interpreter when accompanied by local guides. His English vocabulary was extensive and was able to make himself clearly understood. The Land Rover was a suitable means of transport and the hotel, though often basic, were satisfactory for our overnight needs. Variable menus were often available. We knew very little on the country of Mali before our visit, but our experiences have broadened our knowledge to include an appreciation of the history, life styles and aspirations of this incredibly interesting nation. Thanks go to You, Mr. Sory and Larmine for this unforgettable experience. We will certainly recommend Mali to other travelers who are looking for a novel experience. Yours, Lois and Graham Allen Australia

Mali 13-day December 2009 – January 2010

From: Penny O’Hara To: Panorama Tours regarding my Mali trip with Continent Tours My guide, in all but Timbuktu, had very good English (he was taught by a US Peace Corps volunteer). He was flexible about making adjustments when I didn’t want to do something (trek the sheer cliffs in a Dogon Village). The driver was excellent. My guide in Timbuktu also had good English. The hotel was very nice – new but built on the lines of a traditional home. The chef was very good cooking Western food. My guide took my passport to the post office as soon as I arrived to have it stamped Timbuktu which was fun. I really enjoyed the 7 hours on the Niger. Overall the hotels were fine. Mali is a very, very interesting country but I also felt a difficult place to visit given the hard lives of most people. I think the agent you used was very good and concerned that all went well and that I was happy. All services happened on time. Thank you for your help putting this trip together. If you have any other questions please let me know. Ms. Penny O’Hara USA

Senegal-the Gambia – Mali 2010

Dear Mr. Mamadou Goita, Continent Tours We have just completed our tour in West Africa and come back to Turkey. We had extremely fruitful days in Senegal, The Gambia and Mali. Our group of 22 members belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage Travelers Club had seen 9 sites during this trip. First of all, the itinerary you prepared to cover these places was very well programmed. And you and your partners followed and carried out the itinerary very successfully. We all were very happy with the bus, with our guides (Mr. Balla in Senegal – The Gambia part and Mr. Sory in the Mali part), from the hotels you chose, restaurant and the food. No one in our group during those 22 days had any health problems, not even diarrhea. I recommend you and your company to every agency which wants to arrange a West Africa tour. You are a very reliable person and you do your job very meticulously. Thanks again for everything you have done for us. All the best, Atila Ege, Tour Leader and author of “World Heritage” book

Mali – July 2010

From the moment we stepped off the plane, we felt safe and were spoiled by the kind attention and professional care of Ousmane who immediately took care of our visas, Lamine, our amazing driver and Moussa, our wonderful guide. Mali is the most incredible country full of beautiful people and sights. There is so much to see and learn and we saw so many sights we would not have seen without Moussa’s inside knowledge. Mamadou had patiently helped me tailor-make a tour that included Bamako, Segou, Mopti, Dogon Country and a Niger River pinasse cruise, but we got more than was promised: we gained an insight into a fascinating culture all made possible by the expert knowledge of Continent Tours..and we will be back. M. Mapstone Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Senegal – Cape Verde – Mauritania – Guinea – Mali – Niger – The Gambia – Guinea Bissau, 18 Days- Nov

Dear Continent Tours, Hope you are all doing Okay. It has been 4 days since I returned home and now I am Okay. As you know 8 countries in 18 days, I was tired a little bit. It was a very interesting trip for the group and for me. Thank you again for everything. CJ Kwon (Ms) Group Tour Leader Marketing and Planning Manager Seoul, South Korea

Mali – December 2010/january 2011

Good day Continent Tours! We want to give a very positive feed-back on our trip in Mali. Guide, driver (and vehicle ) have been excellent, very flexible and supportive. All the accommodation have been good and they reflected our expectations. One area that could be improved–mention the driving distances between locations so guests will know how long they will be on the road. Marsili Guido and Luisa Vecchi, Milano, Italy

Mali, February 18 – 25, 2011

Dear Continent Tours, We are back from our trip, and I am writing to thank you for the excellent organization of the trip. Both our guide, Malik, and our driver, Dramane, have been competent, professional and very kind to us. The itinerary was well designed, and we found the whole trip very interesting and enjoyable. Thank you very much for your service. Best regards, Alberto Gabbai and Persico Silvia Newton, Massachusetts, USA

Mali And Burkina Faso, August 2011

Dear Ousmane, Sorry for the late reply. The trip was so good. Both the guide Sory and the driver Sidi were so kind. Please share the attached photo with Sory and Sidi. Thanks a lot, Masaki Obana Tokyo, Japan

Mali – October 2011

I knew that I would be arriving in Mali in the middle of the night – without a visa, having never been to Bamako before and not speaking much French! – and so I contacted Continent Tours to help with the logistics on my arrival. Right from the start, I was impressed by Continent Tours’ professionalism and responsiveness. They were quick to respond to my e-mails, spoke good English, and took away much of the stress of my first trip to West Africa. It was great to have a friendly face looking out for me when I stepped off the plane late at night after a long trip, and to have someone who knew the city well to help with the visa and get me to my hotel. Mamadou also didn’t hesitate to go the extra mile – when it turned out that my baggage had been misplaced on the flight, he immediately took responsibility for contacting the airport to get the bag back, and then sending it 600km to deliver it to me in my hotel in Mopti, so that I wouldn’t have to delay my holiday in Bamako waiting for the bag to be found. I’m so glad that I had Mamadou and Continent Tours there to help and would definitely recommend them. Jonathan Richard Witts Hong Kong

Mali – December 24-january 4, 2012

Dear Ousmane,Thank you for your kind wishes – I am feeling much better now. As you know I did unfortunately become ill on the trip; however I was able to get to two good doctors in Sangha and Timbuktu who helped me get well. I am much improved and glad that I continued the tour. My driver Sidi and my guide Sory were excellent, not only as a driver and guide, but they helped me a lot by taking me to the hospital and translating the doctor’s French for me. They also stayed with me until late at night helping me get the medical treatment and went to the pharmacy to buy the medicine I needed.Sidi is a very safe driver and one with a lot of humor, especially when we had car trouble on the last day. Sory is an excellent guide and he has extremely good knowledge of all the tribes we visited. His English is very good and I had no problem understanding him. Mohammed Ali in Timbuktu was also a very good and he is quite knowledgeable about Timbuktu with a great sense of humor.Despite my medical problems, I enjoyed the trip very much. It was comforting to know that you monitored the situation and you were willing to assist me in any way you could, including getting me home in case I decided to end the tour. I am very glad that I stayed to complete the tour. I told my travel agent Nancy that I was very happy with your company, the guides, and driver, with everything – and would not hesitate to recommend Continent Tours to anyone interested in visiting that part of Africa. Thank you for everything, and please convey my good wishes and thanks to Sidi, Sory, and Mohammed Ali. I wish you all good luck for the New Year. It is a shame that tourists are afraid to come and thereby miss out on a great country and experience. Brad Stolz Los Angeles, California