Day 1 - Bamako
Arrive in Bamako and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Hotel Le Loft or similar.
Day 2 - Sikasso
Drive to the little visited southern region of Sikasso, the breadbasket of Mali. Here we visit the cave mosque of Missirikoro, which is also used by animists for worship, ceremonies and sacrifice - it's quite unusual to have two religions practiced in the same place like this. Overnight Hotel Le Conquantenaire or similar. (BLD)
Day 3 - Sikasso - San
Visit the town of Sikasso, the capital of the region. See the old wall of Tata that used to surround the city as well as the small museum of the Senoufou people, and the vibrant local market for an introduction into local culture. From here drive to San and time permitting visit its mosque. Overnight Hotel Santoro or similar. (BLD)
Day 4 - Djenne
Drive to Djenne, situated on an island in the Bani River. Djenne is renowned for its splendid mosque, the largest mud built structure in the world and one of West Africa's most impressive buildings. We explore the old town with its traditional buildings and visit a library for ancient manuscripts, among other sights, as well as visiting the mosque itself. We also have lunch a local home, with traditional Malian food. Overnight Houber Hotel or similar. (BLD)
Day 5 - Mopti
The area surrounding Djenne is home to different ethnic groups including Fulani, Bozo and Songhai, and we spend the morning visiting nearby villages. Later we drive to Mopti - the 'Venice of Mali' - and explore its lively harbour area and market. Overnight Hotel Ambedjele or similar. (BLD)
Days 6-8 - Dogon country
Drive to the lands of the Dogon people, along the Bandiagara escarpment. This is one of Mali's - and West Africa's - most traditional areas and the Dogon are a fascinating ethnic group who have retained their age old traditions. We explore a number of their villages when here, including Songo with its impressive rock paintings, Amani with its pool of sacred crocodiles, and Kani Konbole with its attractive mosque - evidence that some of the Dogon have now converted to Islam. We will also see a mask dance while here - an incredibly photogenic and fascinating representation of Dogon culture. In the afternoon of Day 8, we leave the Dogon behind and drive to Sevare. Day 7 - Overnight Campement Castor or similar, Day 8 - Hotel La Falaise or similar, Day 9 - Hotel Flandre or similar. (BLD)
Days 9-10 - Segou
Drive to Segou, arriving in the afternoon of Day 9. We explore an old traditional neighbourhood of the Bozo and Somono fishermen, then the following days take a pinasse on the mighty Niger River. We visit the historic village of Segoukoro, once the capital of the Bambara kingdom, as well as Kalabougou to see pottery being made. We explore the river and its surrounds, passing numerous fishing villages before returning to Segou. Overnight Hotel Hambe or similar. (BLD)
Day 11 - Bamako
Continue exploring Segou before returning to Bamako where a day use room is available to shower before you transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Airport transfers - We include arrival and departure transfers regardless of whether you book flights yourself, or we book them for you. If you're booking them yourself, then please let us know the details so that we can arrange the transfers. Please note though that if you arrive earlier than Day 1 of the tour, and leave after the final day, we may need to make an additional charge for an airport transfer.
Accommodation - Accommodation as listed in the dossier. The nature of the destinations that we operate may sometimes mean that we need to change hotels, but we'll always endeavour to keep the same standards. Please be aware that as we operate in many countries where tourism is in its infancy, hotel standards may not be the same as you're used to elsewhere.
Guides - You will be accompanied by an English speaking guide.
Meals - As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). These will vary from trip to trip - in some areas it makes sense to include all meals while in others there is a good choice of restaurants and we feel people might like to 'do their own thing' now and again.
Entrance fees - Entrance fees are listed for those sites that we mention within the itinerary. If there are any other sites that you'd like to see, these would be at your own expense.
- Airport taxes
- International flights
- Travel Insurance