Mali Summer Journey

Mali Summer Journey

14 Days / 13 Nights

Price from$3,685

• Djenne • Dogon Country • Segou

Butterflies creep from their cocoons, dragonflies soar the water, the red bishop exchanges its brown feathers for a bright red and black feather coat and the Malian people heave a sigh of relief when in June the fertile refreshing rains start to fall. The hot season has come to an end, grasses and bushes sprout, all around farmers are working the land and soon the soil is covered with a fresh green layer, which changes the landscape entirely.

This journey through Mali in summer features our favourite destinations and activities: trekking through Dogon Country, a trip by pinasse on the River Niger and visits to Djenné and Ségou. You get off the beaten track, connect with the local people and experience a green Mali. This fascinating itinerary also allows time and space to experience, enjoy and relax.

Mali Summer Journey map

Day 1: Bamako Welcome to Mali! On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Day 2: Bamako > Segou Get to know your guide and travelling companions on the bus journey to Ségou. A journey by public bus in Mali is a very authentic local experience and an insight into daily local life: women in their colourful clothes, huge piles of luggage and large numbers of vendors greeting the bus at each village stop. Upon arrival in Ségou there will be time to stroll the lively week market, held on the Niger river bank.

Day 3: Segou > Mopti The journey continues by bus to Mopti, known as the Venice of Mali for its location at the meeting point of the River Bani and the River Niger. Enjoy a late afternoon city walk to visit the lively harbour area, where fully loaded pinasses (river boats) arrive from and depart to the northern regions of the country.

Days 4 - 6: Mopti > Dogon Country Travelling by private transport, a stop is made in the village of Songo, known for its rock wall paintings. The paintings were made by the village elders, who use the paintings to prepare the village boys for manhood and circumcision. Djiguibombo is the starting point of your trekking through Dogon Country. Hiking in Dogon Country you experience a world where running water and electricity are still uncommon. The landscapes, the historical cliff houses, the star-spangled skies and the impressions on the way, compensate for the simple facilities. Walks take you from one village to another, some in the valley, others on the rock plateau, leading you along the cliff, you sleep and eat in camps and side-tours will be made to the historical cliff houses in Endé and Téli. Enjoying the immense beauty of the star-spangled skies from your rooftop mattress, the simplicity of life and the sounds, smells, colours and tastes of Dogon Country, you really are in a different world. No wonder that Bandiagara's Cliff is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site!

Day 7: Dogon Country > Djenne Once more awake with the familiar rhythmical sounds of the women grinding the millet for the family's breakfast in the early morning. Travel by private transport to Djenné, located on an isle in the River Bani. The town is nicknamed the Capital of Mud, due to its mud-culture, which has Djenne listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 8: Djenne The morning is used for a city walk, taking you through the alleys and streets, along the stunning mud-built structures and the Great Mosque, the world's largest mud-built structure. The sacred well is visited, along with the manuscript library and/or museum. After lunch you board a horse cart, a popular means of transport for the local people, both for goods and for people, to get to the market. A couple of villages in the vicinity of Djenné are visited. Each village offers an insight in the culture and architecture of the dominant population group. Fulani, Bozo and Bambara are the most populous ethnic groups in Djenné and its surroundings.

Day 9: Djenne > Segou This morning visit the colourful and lively weekly market in the square in front of the Great Mosque. Travelling by public transport we head for Segou, via Djenné Carrefour to Ségou, arriving late afternoon/early evening.

Day 10: Segou Enjoy free time this morning, before your afternoon visit to a nearby hamlet where the population masters the art of decorating calabashes.

Days 11 - 13: Segou > Koulikoro Embark on a river journey up the Niger River from Ségou to Koulikoro. The Niger River has a total length of 4,700 km, of which 1,800 km are in Mali. The landscape changes from flat to hill, as villages are visited along the way and you see the fishermen and sand fishermen at work. Bird lovers have the chance to spot the variety of birds living on the isles and shores. This is a relaxed way of traveling and offers the chance to experience the country in a different way and from a different perspective. The first two nights of the boat trip are spent camping on isles or the river shores, with evenings around the camp fire. During the trip the crew prepares the meals. Arrival in Koulikoro - at a waterfront hotel - is foreseen for the afternoon of the third day.

Day 14: Koulikoro > Bamako The journey is coming to an end as you travel the last stretch of 80km by public bus to Bamako. In the evening you're transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Images are courtesy of Papillon Reizen

• Small group journey (minimum 4 / maximum 8 guests) • English and French speaking travel guide and local guides • All accommodation (in hotels, B&B's, tents and basic camps) • All meals • Use of tents • All activities and entrance fees as per itinerary • All transport • Luggage transport (one bag per person) for the trekking in Dogon Country • Airport transfers in Mali • Tourist taxes

Pricing (per person) $NZD






2021 Jul 18

Booking conditions

Contact us for full itinerary. Minimum group size 4 to operate. Extensions are possible, and this itinerary is also available as a tailor-made private journey.

Comfort Level: Reasonable fitness is required for the hike through Dogon Country, which is over sandy and rocky terrain, and includes some climbing up rocky cliff walls. Distances between villages vary from 4 to 12 km. An open mind and a flexible and adventurous attitude are required for this journey, in which facilities are simple in Dogon Country and during the trip by pinasse.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Return airfares ex NZ • Visa • Any required vaccinations • Travel insurances • Beverages and additional meals • Additional meals • Personal expenses • Any optional activities or side trips outside of the itinerary • Gratuities