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"MALI AND THE FESTIVAL AU DESERT"

We are leaving on January 5th and are travelling for two weeks accompanied by a Malian guide who speaks French and English. This tour offers the highlights of Mali combined with the popular festival in Essakane (near Timbuktu). Including overnight accommodation with local families in the beautiful Dogon country and a three day pinasse trip on the Niger river from Mopti to Timbuktu .
The accommodations can still change but will be of the same quality.

Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information: info@toungatours.com

Bamako – Segou – Djenné – Mopti – festival – Timbuktu – Dogon country – Bamako (16 days)

day 1 : 05/01/12: arrival in Bamako
You will be welcomed at the airport and driven to your accommodation.
Tounga bed and breakfast, Bamako

day 2 : 06/01/12: San – Djenné
Departure to San and Djenné, UNESCO World Heritage site, with its phenomenal mud mosque and its typical atmosphere.
Hotel Djenne Djenno, Djenné

day 3 : 07/01/12 : Djenné – Mopti
In the morning visit to Djenné and a Fulani village near Djenne.
In the afternoon departure to Mopti, the Venice of Mali.
Visit to the port of Mopti .
Hotel Y a pas de problème, Mopti

day 4 – 5 – 6 : 08-09-10/01/12: Mopti – Timbuktu by pinasse
A three day trip with a ‘pinasse' on the river Niger to Timbuktu. You eat and sleep on the ‘pinasse' (or in a tent next to the river).
A ‘pinasse' is riverboat in the shape of a large canoe. It is an authentic form of transport that allows you to enjoy the wonderful landscape and fishing scenes, watch the wide variety of birds and with a bit of luck observe hippopotami. The boat is very basic.
The evening of day 6 you arrive in Timbuktu .
Day 4 and 5: camp next to the river
Day 6: Hotel Colombe or private house, Timbuktu 

day 7: 11/01/12: Timbuktu
Visit to Timbuktu , the gate to the desert: with the Djingareiber – mosque, Sidi Yahiya – mosque, Sankoré – mosque, the houses of the explorers (René Caillé, Gordon Laing, Heinrich Barth), the Ahmed Baba centre (manuscripts).
At sunset you have the opportunity to make a trip on the back of a dromedary camel to a Touareg camp…
Hotel Colombe or private house, Timbuktu

day 8 – 9 – 10 : 12-13-14/01/12: Festival du désert, Essakane
In the morning departure to Essakane.
Three days ‘Festival du Désert'.
Camping Essakane

day 11: 15/01/12: Essakane – Bandiagara
Drive in a 4 wheel drive from Essakane to Dogoncountry.
Hotel de la Falaise , Bandiagara

day 12 – 13 : 16-17/01/12: Dogoncountry
Two day walk through different Dogon villages like: Kani Kombole, Teli, a beautiful village built on the slope of a rock, Ende, the largest Dogon village in the area, Yabatalou, built on a rocky mountaintop, Begnematou that lies on a plateau where three religions (Islam, Christianity and animism) live together in peace and which has an amazing view and some authentic scenes of village life.
Day 12: Hotel de la Falaise, Bandiagara
Day 13 : overnight in Dogon village

day 14: 18/01/12: Dogoncountry – Segou
Drive from Dogoncountry to Segou.
Hotel Auberge, Segou 

day 15: 19/01/12: Segou – Bamako
Visit to Segou, the old capital of the Bambara kingdom, and to Segoukoro, the old village of Segou .
I n the afternoon departure by car from Segou to Bamako.
Tounga bed and breakfast, Bamako  

day 16: 20/01/12: Bamako – return
Visit to the colourful and very vast capital of Mali : the big market and the market of the artisans. In the afternoon visit to the interesting and nicely restored national museum and Point G, a viewpoint over the city.
Tounga Tours organises transport to the airport.

 

PRICE PER PERSON:

for a tour with 4 persons: 1 620 €
for a tour with 6 / 8 persons: 1 400 €
for a tour with 10 persons: 1 320 €
for a tour with 12 persons: 1 215 € 

single supplement: 215 €

The following are included in the price:
•  Transfer to and from the airport of Bamako
•  All transport mentioned in the programs (max. 8 persons per 4wheel-drive: 6 travellers + 1 driver + 1 guide) with driver and fuel included
•  An experienced guide during the whole trip
•  Local guides as support and a porter in Dogonland
•  Accommodation (hotels mentioned in the program or of the same quality)
•  Breakfast
•  Three meals a day on the pinasse, during the festival and in Dogoncountry
•  Tourist taxes and costs for excursions (including Festival-ticket)

Not included are:
•  Flights to and from Mali
•  Vaccinations and medical costs
•  Passport and visa fees
•  Travel and cancellation insurance
•  Souvenirs and personal spending
•  Lunch and dinner (except on the pinasse, during the festival and in Dogoncountry)
•  Drinks