Bamako – Sikasso –Mopti – ‘pinasse' – Timbuktu – Hombori – Douentza – Dogon Country (3 days) – Djenné – Ségou – Bamako (21 days)
* Enjoy the adventure. A total immersion in Malian Culture with a variety of experiences such as a visit to the fruitful South (Sikasso), a three day ‘pinasse' trip from Mopti to Timbuktu and a three day trek through Dogon Country.
Day 1: Arrival at Bamako
Arriving at Bamako Airport you'll be welcomed by director of the Travel Agency ‘Van Traoré'. You 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 – Sikasso
Departure via Bougouni to Sikasso.
Day 4: Sikasso
A visit to the interesting sights of Sikasso and surroundings: Mamelon, an example of military architecture build by King Thi é ba; Tata, an ingeniously build rampart and symbol of resistance against outside occupation; the market rich in handicrafts and agricultural products: at a distance of 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) the caves of Missirikoro, an animistic place of cult and if possible the tea plantations and the waterfalls of Farako neighboring the city …
Day 5: Sikasso – Mopti
A one day drive through the beautiful savanna landscape via Koutiala to San and Mopti.
Day 6: Mopti
Visit 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 being constructed.
The afternoon is a free one.
Day 7-8-9: Mopti – Timbuktu by ‘pinasse'
You'll make a three day trip by ‘pinasse' on the Niger River to Timbuktu . You'll eat and sleep on board of the ‘pinasse' or in a tent aside.
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 ninth day you'll arrive at Timbuktu .
Day 10: 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 11: Timbuktu – Hombori
From Timbuktu the journey takes you to Hombori and surroundings, especially fascinating because of the special landscape: rock formations between the flat steppe and Sahara . Well-known are the mountain ‘Hombori', a rock massive with a highest point of 1153 meters (0.7 miles), the highest top of Mali and the ‘hand of Fatima': the first mountain of Hombori's massive with a highest top off 970 meters (0.6 miles).
Day 12: Hombori – Douentza
From Hombori you'll return to Douentza. You will visit the market, the old village and you'll walk by different Dogon-, Peul- and Songhai villages. Opportunity will be given to make a bicycle tour in the evening and enjoy the special landscape even more.
Day 13: Douentza – Bandiagara
From Douentza you'll drive to Bandiagara.
A visit can be paid to the village Songo, known for its' two yearly circumcision rituals and accompanying rock paintings.
Day 14 – 15 – 16: 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 17: Dogon Country – Djenné
Departure to Djenné, the city belonging to our worlds' inheritance with its own unique atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to walk through the city.
Day 18: 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 19: Djenné – Ségou
From Djenn é you depart for S é gou, the old capital of the Bambara kingdom.
Arrival is foreseen in the afternoon.
Day 20: 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 21: Ségou – Bamako
In the afternoon you'll return to 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:
2 660 € for two people
1 745 € for four people
1 440 € for six people