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Tour Mali With La Main De Fatma

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Day 1: Arrival - Bamako On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel where you will stay overnight. Tour orientation. Overnight at Hotel Mirabeau Meals included: Breakfast Day 2: Bamako This morning we have time to explore the capital city . .
Country: Mali
City: Bamako
Duration: 12 Day(s) - 11 Night(s)
Tour Category: Rock Climbing Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Bamako

On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel where you will stay overnight.

Tour orientation. Overnight at Hotel Mirabeau

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 2: Bamako

This morning we have time to explore the capital city of Mali, Bamako. From the hotel, we will drive to the big market and walk in the market and reach the handcraft center for visit. Then we drive through the snake road to Point G to have a view of Bamako. Descending point G hill, visit the National Zoo. Overnight in Bamako

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Bamako – Ségou - Teriyabugu

After breakfast, drive to Ségou the Bambara Kingdom. Visit Sékoro the former Capital of the kingdom then visit the mud clothes fabric to learn and experience the process. See the pottery market at the port. Lunch and drive to Teriyabugu the center of rural development. Walk around to visit the center and see the Bozo people smoking and drying fish. In the afternoon walk along the river under the trees to see and listen to the birds.

Overnight at Hotel Teriya

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Teriyabugu – Djenné

Discover today the medieval city of Djenné with its world's largest mud brick house, the Mosque. Start the visit with the archaeological site, then drive into the city and visit the famous mosque. Wander in the streets of Djenné to learn the history of Djenné and the technique used to build the mud houses that resist for centuries. In the afternoon, drive to Senossa the village of sedentary herders. Here learn about their education system and you may meet in the streets young virgins who walk bare chests to show their pride. Overnight in hotel Djenné

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Djenné – Dogon

The visit to fascinating Dogon Country starts today with the first stop in Songho. Visit the village and its circumcision grotto where every three years initiation of young Dogon boys takes place. Descend the grotto and drive to visit Niogonon renowned to be the most beautiful Dogon village at 15 KM from the paved road.

After the visit drive to Bandiagara where you have lunch. Drive to Sangha check in the hotel and trek to visit some of the ten villages that composed Sangha. The trekking will take you to the Hogon, the spiritual leader of the Dogon people; the house of the late hunter Ogotemely Dolo; the place of the Dogon fortune teller, and many other places. Overnight at Campement Sangha.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Dogon Country

Today leave the vehicle on the way and trek deep into Dogon country to visit the Tellem cave dwellings on the cliff face of the Bandiagara escarpment. Trek from the tunnel of Bongo and visit villages like Banani, Irely, Amani, Tirely, etc. After visits drive to stay overnight in Bandiagara always in Dogon Country. Hotel Falaise

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch, dinner

Day 7: Bandiagara – Hombori

Today, drive to meet the “jock cousins” of the Dogon people, the Songhai in Hombori. After lunch drive to visit mount “the hand of Fatima” and the highest point of Mali Hombori Tondo 1155 meters. After the visit return to Hombori. Mali is a country whose favorite sport is football. Overnight in Hombori

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Hombori – Mopti

Breakfast and proceed 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. Time permitting sunset sail on the Niger River in a pinasse, a traditional motorized boat. Ambedjele Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Mopti – Koutiala

After breakfast morning drive to Koutiala where you will stay overnight. Overnight at Hotel Coton

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Koutiala – Sikasso

This morning we drive to Sikasso, passing through the rich agricultural lands of southern Mali. Sikasso is considered to be Mali's 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, the residence of the kings of Sikasso and the cultural center Sénoufo tribal homeland we shall learn about this brave tribe and their strong heritage. We end our visit to Sikasso with a visit to the Missirikoro Grotto where Muslim and occult people worship side by side. Overnight at Hotel du Cinquantenaire in Sikasso.

Meals Included Breakfast

Day 11: Sikasso – Bamako

After breakfast, drive approximately 4-hour to Bamako. Sightseeing en route. Arrive in Bamako and stay overnight at Mirabeau.

Meals Included Breakfast

Day 12: Bamako / Depart

Breakfast and you are transferred to the airport for a morning flight back home.

Tour Price Includes:

Accommodations in the properties listed

Meals indicated

Transportation in a private vehicle

Experienced English-speaking tour guides and local guides

Admission to all indicated sites

Tour as outlined

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Travel Insurance

Visa fees

International air tickets

Tips to drivers and guides

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