The moment we did our research trip to Mali, we fell deeply in love with the country. It is filled with opportunities for moments befitting a YPT tour. Mali has been abandoned altogether by mainstream tourism, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t filled with encounters with lovely people, a fascinating history and cultural context.
Mali and Burkina Faso do not have much touristic infrastructures anymore. As such, a group tour there truly make sense, as our expert local partners will organize our own 4WD cars and camping sites where accommodation isn’t readily available. It is, without a doubt, one of the most sensible ways to see these countries and make the most of it!
During this trip, we will visit Segou, the sleepy river town where we will mingle with the locals and learn more about the everyday Malian life. We then head to Djenne. While Timbuktu isn’t safe enough at the moment for us to confidently offer tours there, Djenne offers a great alternative, with the same kind of architectural wonders made of mud. This town, a UNESCO site, will be completely ours to visit and has a plethora of sites of interest.
Leaving Djenne behind, we will then move to Mopti, which is right by the line of control by the UN forces, giving us an idea of the conflict that happens in the north but also giving us access to a very busy city of Mali. The boat ride we will be on in this city is one of YPT’s definite favourite.
A trip to Mali wouldn’t be complete without a visit of the Dogon Tribe. Using our great relationship with one of the tribes, we will stay and visit one of the isolated village of the rocky plains. The scenery alone would be enough to justify a visit, but we will also get the chance to see an authentic mask ceremony, where, in the ancestral animist beliefs, the elders of the village chase bad spirits and bring the good ones.
Those who follow us on part B will make their entrance in the second country of this trip: Burkina Faso. For the first time, YPT will visit the country which was the scene of some of the most interesting development in the history of the idea of Pan-Africanism and anti-colonial struggle. It’s also the birthplace of Africa’s Che Guevara: Thomas Sankara.
On our first day in Burkina Faso, we will visit Yako, the town where Sankara was born. There, we will get to meet some of his relatives and learn more about his history.
In Bobo Dioulasso, we live the proper Burkina village life, going around mosques and fetish/sorcery sites on horseback.
We will get to witness life there up close, visiting many villages and spectating the different ethnic traditions of each of them. We can also expect breathtaking sceneries and abundant fauna with unique rock formations surrounding them. If this didn’t get wild enough, we’ll visit a village were people coexist peacefully with hippopotamuses!
Our trip will end in Ouagadougou, where will we do a full city tour accompanied by friends and relatives of Sankara and a party to be remembered in the maquis, the open-air bars the Burkinabe swear by!
This trip involves a fair bit of camping and might not be as comfortable as our other trips, but it is sure to offer an off-the-beaten-path experience. We will be staying in accommodation we vouch for, with extraordinary people.
Due to the logistical and infrastructural limitations that come with a trip to Mali and Burkina Faso, this trip is capped at 12 participants, with priority being given to people booking Group B. Make sure not to be left out! Join early!
|A (Mali Only)||January 28th||February 5th||€1845|
|B (Mali+Burkina Faso)||January 28th||February 11th||€2945|
|C (Burkina Faso Only)||February 5th||February 11th||€1845|
Tuesday 28th January – Bamako (-)
Wednesday 29th January – Segou (B,L)
Thursday 30th January – Segou (B,L,D)
Saturday 1st February – Djenne (B,L,D)
Sunday 2nd February – Mopti (B,L,D)
Monday 3rd February – Mopti & Dogon Country (B,L,D)
Tuesday 4th February – Dogon Country & Ouahigouya (B,L,D)
Wednesday 5th February (B,L)
Thursday 6th February – Bobo Dioulasso (B,L,D)
Friday 7th February – Sindou (B,L,D)
Sunday 9th February – Banfora (B,L)
Monday 10th February – Ouagadougou (B,L)
Tuesday 11th February – Ouagadougou (B,L)
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Accommodation in twin share basis rooms or camping single tents
• Letter of Invitation and visa support
• All transport by 4WD to complete the tour
• Breakfast and lunch
• Dinners when camping
• Entrance Fees and tributes/gifts to communities
• English-Speaking local guide and YPT Tour leader
• Flights to Bamako and from Bamako/Ouagadougou
• Dinners in big cities
• Visa fees
• Single supplement (Group A €140, Group B €200)
• Drinks and personal spending
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.