Tounga Kai*

Bamako – Djenné – Mopti – ‘pinasse' – Timbuktu – Dogon Country (3 days) – Ségou – Bamako (16 days)

* Experience the adventure. Highlights of Mali which include a three-day pinasse trip from Mopti to Timbuktu and a three day trek through Dogon Country.

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: Bamako – Djenné
Departure via San to Djenné, the city belonging to worlds' inheritance with its' own unique atmosphere.

Day 4: Djenné
Arriving at Djenné on a Monday gives you the opportunity to wander around on the colorful market. You take a walk past the phenomenal mud mosque, the grave of a young girl sacrificed to safe the city, the architected remaining of the Moroccan colonization…
In the afternoon you'll visit -by horse carriage- Senosa, a Peul village in neighborhood of Djenné. Over here you'll be introduced to a traditional blacksmith.

Day 5: Djenné – Mopti
Trip to Mopti ‘the Venice of Mali '. This 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 see in which way the colorful ‘pinasse' boats are constructed.

Day 6-7-8 : Mopti – Timbuktu by ‘pinasse'
You make a three day trip by ‘pinasse' on the river Niger to Timbuktu . You will eat and sleep on board of the ‘pinasse' or camp next to your ‘pinasse'.
A ‘pinasse' is a riverboat shaped like a big canoe. It is an authentic means of transport allowing you to enjoy beautiful landscapes and fish catching scenes. Opportunity will be given to visit different villages boarding Niger 's' shore. One of them is Niafunké, village of one of Mali 's biggest blues musicians: Ali Farka Touré. On the way you'll find many different bird species and, with a little luck, hippos.
Evening of the eighth day you'll arrive at Timbuktu .

Day 9: Timbuktu
A visit to Timbuktu, gateway to the desert, with the Djingareiber Mosque, the Sidi Yahiya Mosque and the Sankoré Mosque, the houses of explorers (René Caillé, Gordon Laing, Heinrich Barth) and the Ahmed Baba Centre (manuscripts).
In the afternoon there is the opportunity for a camel ride including a visit to a Touareg Camp on the way.

Day 10: Timbuktu – Bandiagara
Using a 4x4 you'll drive back from Timbuktu to Bandiagara.
At your request a visit can be made to Songo village, which is known for its' two yearly circumcision rituals.

Day 11 -12 – 13: Dogon Country
During three days you trek by different Dogon villages such as Djiguibombo, a beautiful village situated on the highlands where you'll discover the first ‘toguna', the ‘discussion hut' and the house of the traditional medicine. Kani Kombolé with a magnificent modern Mosque called ‘the little Mosque of Djenné'. Teli a beautiful village built on the surface of the valley. Endé, the biggest Dogon Village in the area. Yabatalou, built on a rocklike mountaintop. Begnematou, situated on top of the platform where three religions (Islamic, Christianity and Animism) live together in peace en with a splendid view …
All nights will be spend with local family of the Chief of Village.

Day 14: Dogon Country – Segou
From Dogon Country you leave to Ségou, the old capital of the Bambara Kingdom .

Day 15: Ségou
You will visit the city as well as Ségoukoro, the old village of Ségou .
In the afternoon you'll make a canoe trip to Kalabougou, village of pottery, and the Bozo-fishermen village on the other side of Niger 's shore.

Day 16: Ségou – Bamako
Arrival at Bamako in the afternoon.
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:
2 135 € for two people
1 400 € for four people
1 150 € for six people