Tounga Filai*

Bamako –Mandingue Country – Ségou –Dogon Country (6 days) – Mopti – Djenné – Bamako (16 days)

* Admire the adventure . Highlights of Mali combined with a stay at local community during a two-day-trip to Mandingue Country and a six-day-trek through Dogon.

Day 1: Arrival at Bamako
At arrival you'll be welcomed at Bamako airport by director of the Travel Agency ‘Van Traoré'. You'll spend your first night in a Tounga Tours guestroom.

Day 2: Bamako
This first day is one of introduction. You'll visit Bamako accompanied by a Malian woman. Aim is to slowly get used to a different world, a different way of living, a different rhythm. Who better can introduce you to daily African life then an African woman? In the afternoon you visit the beautifully renovated National Museum and Point G, a point of view overlooking the capital.
You spend the night at the house of ‘Van Traoré' and his family.

Day 3-4: Mandingue Country
Departure in the morning from Bamako to Mandingue Country, the country of origin of the Dogon. The first day you drive to Bankoumana, a traditional village situated in a typical landscape. Here you will enjoy your diner and overnight with a local family. Next day Sibi is on the program. You will visit this city and walk to the well-known ‘arc' rock and splendid waterfalls. This is where you'll be spending the night.

Day 5: Sibi – Ségou
From Sibi you'll travel to Ségou, the old capital of the Bambara Kingdom .
In the afternoon you visit the city and Ségoukoro, the old village of Ségou . End of the day, there is also the possibility for a canoe trip to Kalabougou, village of the pottery and the fishermen, on the other side of Niger 's shore.

Day 6: Ségou – Sévaré
Departure from Ségou to Sévaré.

Day 7-8-9-10-11-12: Dogon Country
During six days you trek along different Dogon villages from Sangha to Kani Kombolé. Sangha is situated on top of the platform and offers one of the biggest markets of the area. The valley will be descended and followed by a visit to the beautiful village Banani with its waterfalls and incredible view. Iréli is known as one of the most beautiful classic Dogon villages. You will notice all characteristics of Dogon villages; the ‘guina' or holy place, the ‘toguna' or house of discussion, the house of Hogon or the traditional Chief, the table of the fox and the special house for menstruating women. On the way from Amani to Tireli you find the sacred crocodile pool. A visit to Nombori with spectacular view over Dogon Valley . From Nombori the road climbs up to the highlands. Trips to the villages Dourou and Begmatou, where three religions (Islamic, Christianity and Animism) live together in peace, include a beautiful view and authentic picturesque scenery from village life. A visit to Yabatalou, built on a rock formatted mountaintop and Endé, the largest Dogon Village in the area. To a notable extent you'll find wood artisans and bogolan, a typical Malian fabric decoration. A visit to Teli, a lovely village built on surface of the valley, and Kani Kombolé, with its magnificent modern Mosque, also called ‘the little Mosque of Djenné'.

Day 13: Dogon Country – Mopti
From Kani Kombolé you'll return to Mopti by car. On the way you pass by Djuiguibombo and Bandiagara. In the afternoon you'll visit Mopti, the ‘Venice of Mali'. It is a lively city occupied by many cultural groups: The Bozo fishermen, Dogon, Bambara and Bella farmers, Touareg and Peul shepherds. A visit to Mopti Harbor is foreseen. Over here you can watch the colorful ‘pinasse' boats being constructed.
The city Mopti sits on three islands between the Bani and Niger rivers. With a ‘pirogue' boat you'll travel to where these rivers flow together.

Day 14: Mopti – Djenné
In the morning the car will take you from Mopti to Djenné, a city belonging to our World Inheritance, with its' own unique atmosphere. You walk past the phenomenal mud architecture Mosque, the grave of a young girl sacrificed to safe the city, the architected remaining of the Moroccan colonization…
When arriving at Djenné on a Monday, you'll have the opportunity to wander around at the colorful market.

Day 15: Djenné-Bamako
From Djenné you return to Bamako where you spend the night in one of Tounga Tours guestrooms.

Day 16: Bamako
This last and free day can be adapted according to your wishes: rest, buying of last souvenirs at the Artisanal Market, relaxing near the pool of a neighboring hotel, a canoe trip on the Niger at sunset or just enjoying a cup of tea under the Mango tree…
Tounga Tours provides your transport to the airport.

Price per person:
1 740 € for two people
1 165 € for four people
970 € for six people