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This is a sample 11 day itinerary through Djenne, Dogon Country, Mopti, Niger River, Segou and Bamako.

Day 1: Bamako, Mali

On arrival in Bamako, you are met and transferred to your hotel for overnight. The evening is at leisure.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Mande or similar

Day 2: Bamako – Djenne  (570 Km)

After breakfast depart Bamako by road in a 4WD vehicle for a bout a 7-hour drive to Djenne. Once the sister-city of Timbuktu during its glory days, Bamako remains largely unchanged—a city of mud-brick houses lining narrow, winding streets. The evening is  at leisure.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel Campement or similar

Day 3: Djenne – Sevare  (120 Km)

A morning tour of Djenne to see the fabulous Grand Mosque, the world’s largest mud brick structure and one of Unesco’s World Heritage sites, also visit the mud cloth artisans in their workshops. In the afternoon, drive to Sevare for overnight. Time at leisure.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Sevare – Hotel Siby or similar

Day 4: Sevare – Dogon Country  (110 Km)

Your journey continues with a drive to Dogon country, visiting the Dogon village of Songo with its renowned rock paintings and circumcision grotto. Also visit the villages of  Sangha, Ogols and Bongo,  see the women’s house, the shrine of the Hogon (the Dogon people’s spiritual leader) and visit Dogon elders and the natural tunnel in Bongo. Overnight camping at the Sangha-Tireli crossroads.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 5: Dogon Country

Tour this interesting area with a visit to the Dogon village of Tireli, where you will witness a traditional Dogon mask dance.  Overnight camping on the dunes of the village of Ireli.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 6: Dogon Country

Visit the Dogon villages of Ireli and Banani where you can stretch your legs with some hiking (optional). Continue on, ascending the Bandiagara escarpment to arrive in Sangha for overnight. Evening at leisure.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Sangha – Hotel Campement or similar.

Day 7: Dogon Country – Mopti (120 Km) - on the Niger River

Leaving the Dogon country and drive to Mopti. In the afternoon begin your two-day sail on the Niger River; one of the great rivers of the world. It marks an approximate boundary between the Sahara desert and the Sahel, and it provides a livelihood to thousands of fishermen. The Bozo ethnic group are masters of the Niger, and the river trip will be with them, in a traditional wooden pinnace. Visit Bozo fishing villages and Fulani nomads’ camps along the river. Overnight camping on the river bank.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 8: Niger River – Lake Debo

Spend the entire day of sailing the Niger River, visiting villages along the way – keep a look out for hippos. Arrive at Lake Debo where you camp on the beach for overnight.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 9: Lake Debo – Niger River – Konna – Mopti  (65 Km)

Return by pinnace to the village Konna, where your vehicle will meet you and drive you back to Mopti and your hotel. A city tour of Mopti visiting the fishing port and the bustling market. Mopti remains a commercial center and you will see many of Mali’s varied ethnic groups who come to trade: Bambara, Bozo, Bobo, Dogon, Fulani, Tuareg, Songhay and Hausa. The evening is at leisure.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Mopti – Hotel Kanaga or similar.

Day 10: Mopti – Segou  (405 Km)

Leave Mopti for the drive to Segou – about a 4 hour drive-  stopping en route to visit Terekongo, the sacred well of the Bobo people. A tour of Segou, Mali’s second largest city and former colonial administrative center with overnight in your hotel. The evening at leisure.

  • Includes: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Segou – Hotel Independence or similar

Day 11: Segou – Bamako  (235 Km)

In the morning visit Sekoro, ancient capital of the Bambara kingdom, now just a sleepy village on the banks of the Niger River. See the tomb of King Biton Coulibaly before returning by road to Bamako. During a tour Bamako city  you will see the National Museum, the city market and the artisans’ village. At a suitable time you will be transferred to the airport.

  • Includes: Breakfast


Departures any day – minimum two, However in order to visit Djenne on its colorful weekly market day, Day 3 should be a Monday,

NB: camping is no frills, sleeping on a ground mattress in a small tent; there are no campgrounds, so no running water, no latrines. Camping in Mali is not recommended for in-experienced campers.

Tour includes the following:

  • 6 nights hotel, double occupancy
  • 4 nights camping, including all camping essentials: tents, camp cook, meals, etc.; travelers should bring sleeping bags
  • 10 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D), excluding drinks
  • Bottled mineral water is included with meals while sailing
  • Private ground transportation, with driver
  • 3 days in Dogon country, including a Dogon mask dance
  • 2 days sailing the Niger River to Lake Debo, by private pinnace with outboard motor and crew
  • Experienced English-speaking guide throughout, assisted by local guides
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure in Bamako
  • All hotel taxes and local tourism taxes
  • All excursion and entry fees as per itinerary

Not included are:

  • International travel to/from Mali
  • Entry visas
  • Flights Bamako / Timbuktu
  • Non-specified meals and drinks
  • Tips
  • Day-room in Bamako (optional)
  • Any personal expenses

Prices are available on request.

Please note: Prices and dates are subject to change at any time. Please call (647) 231-0067 or email us ( for current pricing.