From the moment we first visited this country we have seen it as a classic YPT destination. Mali has been abandoned altogether by mainstream tourism, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t filled with encounters with awesome people, a fascinating history and local culture.
During this trip you will visit Segou, the sleepy river town where we will mingle with the locals and learn more about everyday Malian life. We then head to Djenne with its architectural wonders, a UNESCO site that will be completely ours to visit. Leaving Djenne behind, we will then move to Mopti, which is right by the line of control of the UN forces, giving us an idea of the conflict happening in the north but also giving us access to a very busy city in Mali.
A trip to Mali wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Dogon Tribe. Using our great relationship with one of the tribes, you will stay and visit one of the isolated villages 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 chases bad spirits away and brings in the good ones.
You will then head on to Burkina Faso. This country was a centre of Pan-Africanism and anti-colonial struggle, the birthplace of Africa’s Che Guevara: Thomas Sankara. You will visit Yako, the town where Sankara was born and there we will get to meet some of his relatives and learn more about his history.
In Bobo Dioulasso, you will experience proper Burkina village life, going around mosques and fetish/sorcery sites on horseback. The rest of the tour taking us around impressive rock formations which tribes used as their fortresses during their wars. We’ll get closer to hippos and crocodiles than you ever thought was possible!
Your 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!
And if you wish to delve deeper in vibrant West African culture, carry onto our Togo and Benin Tour!
We will have our own 4WD cars and will stay in camping sites in places where accommodation isn’t readily available. 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 both countries.
YPT keeps fully up to date with the security situation in both countries, as with many of our tours this itinerary is subject to change depending on the situation on the ground, with the local guide and YPT guide having final say on all logistical decisions
|A (Mali Only)||January 30th||February 6th||€1795|
|B (Mali+Burkina Faso)||January 30th||February 11th||€2995|
Saturday 30th January – Bamako
Sunday 31st January – Segou
Monday 1st February – Segou/Djenne
Tuesday 2nd February – Djenne
Wednesday 3rd February – Mopti
Thursday 4th February – Mopti & Dogon Country
Friday 5th February – Dogon Country & Ouahigouya
Saturday 6th February – END OF MALI ONLY GROUP
Sunday 7th February – Bobo Dioulasso
Monday 8th February – Sindou
Tuesday 9th February – Banfora
Wednesday 10th February – Ouagadougou
Thursday 11th February – Ouagadougou
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 €160, Group B €260)
• Drinks and personal spending
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.