We begin in the capital of Mali, Bamako, where you might immediately notice how few foreigners there are. Yes indeed, this is a country the mainstream tourism market has steered clear of, which only makes us more excited to explore! We’ll soon be heading to Segoukoro, former capital of the Bambara Kingdom, where we’ll meet the local village chief to learn about local life and history. When we’ve had our fill, we’ll sail down the Niger river on a pinasse, passing local villages along the riverbanks until we arrive at Segou, a sleepy town with some truly delicious and authentic local food.
With much more to see, after a brief stop in the town of San, we’ll move on to Djenne, the so-called ‘capital of mud’ where just about every structure is made out of mud! If you don’t think that sounds impressive, just wait until you see the Great Mosque, the world’s largest mud structure and a UNESCO world heritage site. After some lovely home-cooked meals, we’ll be heading back to Bamako and crossing a river to our own private island for the day! We’ll be camping overnight in the great outdoors of Africa.
After this, we’ve got a real treat for you. We’ll be heading out into Mandinka country to visit the Arch of Kamadjan, an incredibly historically, culturally and spiritually important place for many in west Africa, taking in the gorgeous views and watching local cultural practices, like a sacred mask ceremony in which village elders scare away bad spirits to welcome in the good.
Friday 26th January – Bamako
Saturday 27th January – Bamako – Segou
Sunday 28th January – Segou – San
Monday 29th January – San – Djenne – Mopti
Tuesday 30th January – Mopti – San
Wednesday 31st January – San – Sikasso
Thursday 1st February – Sikasso – Bamako
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
· Twin-share accommodation
· Transportation to complete the itinerary in air-conditioned 4WD cars
· Airport transfer to/from Bamako
· Letter of Invitation and full visa support
· Breakfasts and Lunches
· YPT Guide and English-speaking local guide
· Entrance fees (unless specified otherwise)
· Gifts and tributes to the different community leaders
· Mask ceremony
· International flights
· Single supplement (€250)
· Pre/post-tour accommodation €100
· Visa fees (costs varies depending on nationality)
· Dinner and drinks
· Personal expenses
· Tips for the local guide and drivers
· Travel insurance
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.