Mali is a country that is blessed with an exceptionally rich culture. Several of its cities can lay claim to this standard, making the country one of the most sought after destinations. LOANA TRAVEL proposes a trip that serves as a guideline which travelers can adapt according to their time, budget, and areas of interest.
Note: This itinerary is but an example, the final word is always up to the traveler, whose expectations will be entirely taken into account.
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Arrival in Bamako and settle in at the Hotel Ibis. Evening out at one of the capital’s many cabarets to listen to mandingo music.
DAYS 2 AND 3: DEPARTURE FOR SEGOU
After a tour of the capital that will lead us to the history museum, we will leave in the direction of Ségou, ancient capital of the Bambara empire. After settling in at the hotel, we’ll do a tour of the city that will bring us to the old quarter, which is very lively in the evening. The next day, an excursion to the ceramicists’ village of Kalabougou. The village chief will explain to us the subtleties of Bambara culture. In the evening, we will be able to go hiking along the Niger River to see a beautiful sunset. Night at the Hotel Doni Blon.
DAYS 4 AND 5: VISIT TO THE MYTHIC CITY OF DJENNE
Considering its historic importance, we will devote two days to visiting the city of Djenné. We will plan our activity so that it coincides with the market day. We will visit the mosque as well as the old quarter. We will visit the city’s archeological sites and then go to meet the Bozo people (fishermen), to learn about their way of life. Night at the Hotel Jeno.
DAY 6: DEPARTURE FOR THE BANDIAGARA CLIFFS
Mopti will be our first stop along the cliff route of Bandiagara. After a walk around the city’s big market, we will settle in at the Hotel La Falaise.
DAYS 7, 8, 9, AND 10: EXPLORING DOGON COUNTRY
Four days will be needed to explore in depth the mythic land of the Dogon. We will go meet people living in perfect harmony with nature. We will make excursions among the cliffs where the worship of the dead as well as initiation ceremonies are still practiced. The shape of the huts and granaries, cultural techniques, and the splendid landscape of the area are among the features that will captivate our attention. Given how extensive the area is, along with its cultural richness, we will be moving around a lot in our encounter with this unique people.
DAY 11: ON THE WAY BACK
We will pass through the city of SAN where we will take a pause. We will then go to meet the Peul nomads in the region. In the evening, we will pass along the riverside to enjoy the last sunset before our return to the capital. Night at the Hotel Teriya.
DAY 12: BAMAKO
Last day to visit the capital and make some last souvenir purchases before taking the plane.