Mali; Tounga Kadi Tour ER02

21 Days From £0 (3,714 USD)

Join us as we take 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.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Bamako, Mali
End Location: Bamako, Mali
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Section coming soon
Years In Business: 6

Tour Highlights

- Bamako
– Sikasso
– Mopti
– Pinasse
– Timbuktu
– Hombori
– Douentza
– Dogon Country (3 days)
– Djenné
– Ségou


A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

-Transfer to and from the airport of Bamako
-All transport mentioned in the programs (4wheel-drive and pinasse) with driver and fuel included
-An experienced guide during the whole trip
-Local guides as support and a porter in Dogonland
-Accommodation and breakfast
-Full board in Dogon country and on the pinasse
-Tourist taxes
-Costs for excursions and visits

-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 in Dogon country and on the pinasse)

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Day 01. Arrival at Bamako - Arriving at Bamako Airport you’ll be welcomed by your guide and driver. The transfer to your accommodation is foreseen.
Day 02. 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.
Day 03. Bamako – Sikasso - Departure via Bougouni to Sikasso.
Day 04. Sikasso - A visit to the interesting sights of Sikasso and surroundings: Mamelon, an example of military architecture build by King Thiéba; 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 05. Sikasso – Mopti - A one day drive through the beautiful savanna landscape via Koutiala to San and Mopti.
Day 06. 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 07. 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 08. As Day 7
Day 09. As Day 7
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. 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 15. As Day 14
Day 16. As Day 15
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 save 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 Djenné you depart for Ségou, 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…