Mali is without doubt the pearl of west Africa home to a wide range of vibrant cultures ,customs,music,historic empires and ancient civilization On the junction of Black Africa and North Africa, Mali is a vast territory where the majority of the population kept the ancestral way of life of the nomads, the peasants or the fishermen. Our 04 days unhurried adventure will allow you to experience the wonders of its World Heritage sites and cities, the warm spirit of Mali’s fascinating and varied people.
DAY 1: BAMAKO –TIMBUKTU – by flight
Transfer to airport Bamako and flight to Timbuktu. Arrival and check-in at the Hotel Welcome drinks followed with City tour of the “mysterious town”.
Timbuktu was formerly a great commercial trading city and an international center of Islamic learning. The city was probably founded in the late 09th century AD byTuareg nomads. Tuareg formed one of the most ancient tribal people of the Sahara. They speak a Berber language, Tamacheq, and have their own alphabet (Tifinar) In ancient times, the Tuareg controlled the trans-Sahara routes and substantially contributed in the expansion of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa even though they retained however some of their older rites. Today, the Tuareg symbolize the mysteries of the Sahara and continued to be seen as the Masters of the Desert Today we will visit the legendary city of Timbuktu, gateway to the Sahara Desert:
This city tour includes:
the ancient mosques and former universities (Djingareiber,Sidi Yehia and Sankore…)
the explorers Gordon Laing, René Caillé and Einrich Barth houses
the “Centre Ahmed Baba” for its ancient manuscripts and books…
Back to hotel for lunch followed with Tuareg traditional music and dance then transfer to airport for flight to Mopti the city is known as the »Venice of Mali ». Mopti is located at the confluence of the Bani and Niger rivers, and is built on several interconnected islands.
Overnight at Hotel Kanaga
DAY 2: MOPTI–DOGONS LANDS
After breakfast you drive to Sangha to visit Upper Ogol and lower Ogol to discover the famous granaries, fetish houses, Toguna, panoramic view of Bongo then you will admire the
Dogon masks dance. Dogon dancers are world-renowned and often consist of dances on stilts while wearing broad-brimmed hats and amazing facial decorations. Drive back to Mopti with a lunch stop at Bandiagara. This afternoon you will be taken for a river tour by traditional pinasse and visit bozo villages on the river banks. Enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset over the river.
Overnight at Hotel Kanaga
DAY 3: MOPTI—DJENNE–SEGOU
After breakfast we drive to Segou via Djenne a World Heritage site founded in the 4th century, Djenne has scarcely changed since the middle Ages. In the 13th-15th centuries, Djenne was a rival of Timbuktu for the wealth of the Trans-Saharan trade. The city is located on an island in the inland Niger delta, and is surrounded by mud brick walls. As well as making a visit to the archaeological site of Djenné-Djeno that looks backward in time over a 1.000 years. Generation after generation, a guild of highly skilled master-builders, the Baris, have ensured Djenne’s architectural integrity. The atmosphere in the streets brings the traveller back to medieval times.”
Sites to visit and to see:
- The town Sudanese architecture,
- the largest mud made mosque in the world,
- the chief’s house,
- the sacred well of Nana Wangara,
- the tomb of the young woman who was walled in alive to give the town prosperity,
- The market place… Most of the time this place is quiet but on Monday which is the market day, this place is packed with traders and customers coming from villages all around. This market has its origin back in medieval time. The barter economy is still used. After visiting we continue to Segou
Overnight at hotel. Hotel Hambe
DAY 4: SEGOU/BAMAKO
Today you visit Mali’s second largest city you star visiting the Ndomo workshop where the mad-painting cloths (Bogolan) are made and the pleasant colonial area. Some tree centuries ago Segou was the capital of the vast Bamana kingdom that extended from the Senegal River far the west as far as Mopti at the end of nineteenth century with the period of the French occupation the town become an important admistrative centre. Before continue to Bamako to visit the centre artisanal a huge concentration of the region’s traditional crafts and great place to shop for presents to take home brightly coloured printed cotton, baskets and the national Museum is well worth a visit just to see the splendid examples of African art from all stages of the country’s history. Bamako is also well known for its nightlife and for bowls, carving, masks and jewellery.Afther dinner you transfer to the airport.
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