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Price Per Person

USD 3,942
Country: Mali
City: Bamako
Duration: 16 Day(s) - 15 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

You are met at the airport, assisted and transferred to your hotel where you get ready before experiencing Bamako by night with your tour guide. Overnight at Azalai Grand Hotel

 

Day 2: Bamako

Wake up at any time in the morning and start the tour of Bamako. Today you will explore the capital city of Bamako situated on the Niger, one of Africa greatest rivers. Start at Point G and the panoramic view of the city; visit the National Museum, the city market and the recycling market.

Mali is a country of many tribal peoples, each with their own exuberant styles of clothing and jewellery. There is nowhere better to see this colourful diversity than in the streets and markets of Bamako. 

Bamako has a large art and craft centre where sculptors, weavers, leather workers, jewellers and metal workers exhibit their wares and skills. One area of the market is devoted entirely to traditional African medicines. Here you'll find the freshly shrunken heads of birds, monkeys and crocodiles, along with lizard skins and other gruesome treatments. Overnight in Bamako.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Bamako – Sikasso  

This morning we drive to Sikasso, passing through the rich agricultural lands of southern Mali. Sikasso is considered to be Mali breadbasket. We shall see the remnants of the Tata, an ancient palisade that encircled the city which, for a time, held off the French colonial army. In the Mamelon, residence of the kings of Sikasso and  the cultural centre Sénoufo tribal homeland we shall learn about this brave tribe and their strong heritage. We end visit of Sikasso with the visit to the Missirikoro Grotto where Muslim and occult people worship side by side. Overnight in Sikasso.

Meals included breakfast

 

Day 4: Sikasso – Ségou

Breakfast, then drive to Ségou former colonial administrative center. Admire the beautiful Sudanese-style colonial architecture, visit the pottery market, traditional weavers and other artisans. See and experience how to make a traditional mud cloth. Visit Sékoro village, the former capital of the Bambara kingdom where you will see the tomb of King Biton Coulibaly the founder of the Bambara Kingdom, the mosque that is older than the village.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

 

Day 5: Ségou – Djenné  

This morning we complete visit of Ségou and we travel to Mali's architectural jewel, Djenné. Founded in the fourth century it has scarcely changed since the Middle Ages and, as we stroll through the streets and the bazaar we will be transported back into medieval times. Tomorrow is the weekly market day when Djenné is at its colorful best. A definite highlight is the magnificent Grand Mosque, the largest mud-brick architecture in the world and one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We shall also visit the local museum, the site where the young girl was sacrificed for the prosperity of the city and have time to wander through the narrow streets of Djenné to admire this architectural gem. Drive to Senossa to visit that Fulani village and learn about education in the village. Visit the boys’ room. Wander in the village you may meet young virgin girls with bared chest. Make photo of the Fulani woman with her ear rings and head tie. Overnights in Djenné.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 6: Djenné – Dogon 

Today, we drive to Dogon Country. With its fascinating rocky, Sahelian landscape, the Dogon Country is considered to be one of the most extraordinary places on earth. Experience the unique village life and marvel at ancient Tellem cave dwellings. The Dogon are a group of people living in the central plateau region of the country, south of the Niger bend near the city of Bandiagara in the Mopti region. The Dogon are best known for their mythology, their mask dances, wooden sculpture and their architecture.

The principal Dogon area is bisected by the Bandiagara Escarpment, a sandstone cliff of up to 500m (1,640 ft) high, stretching for about 150km (almost 100 miles).

This tribe life is centered on sacred rights and rituals which take place in the hollow cliffs of the escarpment on which the Dogon houses are built. Their culture is surrounded in mysticism and intrigue, from an astonishing knowledge of the solar system to the unique structure of Dogon villages. We will visit the Dogon village of Songho, renowned for its rock paintings and circumcision grotto and drive to Sangha where we visit and overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 7: Dogon

After breakfast, we descend the cliff visit Banani, Ireli, Amani and Tireli. We will see among others a traditional women's house, a sacrificial altar of a Hogon (the Dogon people's traditional and religious leader) a Dogon seer, ancient Tellem cave dwellings in the cliff-face and perhaps even a traditional Dogon mask dance. Camping overnight

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 8: Dogon

Today, we continue our trekking in the Dogon Country through Idjeli, Combokani, and reach Nombori where we will visit the Museum before continuing to Dourou for camping overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 9: Dogon – Mopti

After days of trekking, we drive to Mopti, the Venice of Mali, nestled between the Niger and the Bani Rivers. Highlights will include the fishing port, the beautiful mosque and the bustling and colorful market where many of Mali's cultural groups can be seen: Bambara, Bobo, Bozo, Dogon, Fulani, Tuareg and Songhay. Return to your hotel after visit and relax.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 10 & 11 Pinasse Cruise

This morning we start cruising to Timbuktu in a motorized pirogue. We will spend 2 nights and 3 days on the Niger River admiring beautiful sunsets and sunrises on the Niger River. Visit fisherman camps and villages at the River sides. See the Bozo people fishing and some River birds. You may see hippopotamus. The nights will be spent in tents at the River side and your food prepared on board by your local chief.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 12: Arrive in Timbuktu

Arrive in 3rd day in Timbuktu. You are met in Korioumé and transferred to your hotel where you will bath and relax before next day city tour.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

 

Day 13: Timbuktu

Located at the terminus of the great trans-Saharan caravan route, Timbuktu became fabulously wealthy in the 16th century. Loaded with blocks of salt and other trade goods, huge convoys of camels would spend weeks crossing the unforgiving Sahara to reach Timbuktu. It was here that they would trade salt, pound-for-pound, with African merchants bringing gold and ivory along the Niger from the heart of Africa. Wander the dusty streets of Timbuktu, admiring such magnificent mud-brick structures as the Djinguiraiber Mosque, the Mosque of Sankoré, Mosque of Sidi Yehia and the Palace of Bouctou. Visit to the ethnological museum and Maison des Artisans. See the houses of the various 19th century European explorers who used Timbuktu as a base.  In the afternoon, experience an excursion on camel into the Sahara Desert to visit a Tuareg camp to enjoy tea on the dunes with our Tuareg hosts, the Princes of the Desert.

Meals included Breakfast

 

Day 14: Timbuktu – Mopti

Today, we complete our tour of Timbuktu and then we drive along the dusty road to Mopti with stops at interesting points on the way admiring the landscape. At arrival decide with your guide about late afternoon or night activities.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 15: Mopti – Teriya bugu

Teriya bugu, "the hut of friendship," and the headquarters of the Association for Rural Development. The center is surrounded by thousands of eucalyptus plants, orchards, fisheries and a farm which supplies fresh food to its restaurant. Two beekeepers tend to 140 hives to produce honey.

Take a relaxing walk through mango trees and banana plants, watch birds, and see monkeys, camels, horses, crocodiles, peacocks and other wildlife in the on-site mini zoo. Visit the museum of Father Verspieren and breathe fresh air from the Bani River. Overnight in Teriya bugu.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 16: Drive to Bamako & Depart

After breakfast, drive to Bamako. Arrive in time check in the hotel, refresh and relax before your onward departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Tour Price Includes: (price is per person based on 2 people, double occupancy)

Round trip airport to hotel transfers, Accommodations in the properties listed or similar, Tours in private vehicle, Experienced English/French-speaking guides, Admissions to all listed sites and activities, cruise Mopti-Timbuktu, Luggage transfer, Meals indicated.

 

Tour Price Does Not Include:

International airfare to Africa, domestic airfare, travel insurance, meals not listed, personal items such as telephone, laundry and visa fees, gratuity to drivers and guides.

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