This tour is our first exploratory tour to Mali. We travelled to Mali in January 2019 to carry out research for this tour but this will be the first time running it with a group.
Arrive into Bamako where you will be met at the airport by our driver who will transfer you to the hotel.
In the morning we will depart for Segou. On arrival we will visit a mud-painting clothes workshop and various colonial buildings before moving on to Segou Koro, a village and former residence of Bambara kings located on the banks of the Niger River. From here we will take a boat trip to Kalabougou to see women making pottery. After production the pottery is transported by dugout canoe to the Segou market. Return to Segou later where we will stay overnight.
Today we depart for Djenne, the twin sister of Timbuktu and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will stop en route for lunch and visit the mud mosque of San. On arrival to Djenne we will visit the Grand Mosque, the world's largest mud brick structure. We will also see the ancient manuscripts library, koranic schools, Tapama’s Tomb, and the secret well of Nana Wangara. Overnight in Djenne.
After breakfast, we drive north to Mopti, known as “the melting pot of Mali”. Here we will visit the Komoguel Mosque, the fishing port to see pirogues being made by hand, and the bustling market where many of Mali's ethnic groups come to trade. Overnight in Mopti.
In the morning we will visit various Dogon villages. First we pass by Songho, a village renowned for its paintings, grotto and famous circumcision ceremonies held every five years for all Dogon boys. We will continue to Sangha where we will visit the tunnel of Bongo and the house of the Hogon animist spiritual leader. We then move on to the village of Banani to see the Tellem settlements high in the escarpment. Later we drive to Bandiangara where we stay overnight.
Today we drive back to Bamako where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.
Today we take a tour of Bamako, where we will view the colonial buildings, the national museum, the craft market and Point-G where we get a great view over Bamako.
Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or for those of you joining our Guinea/Guinea Bissau extension, we will stay one more night in Bamako.