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Yet for now, its landscapes, monuments and stories are off-limits, sealed from tourists by a conflict that is threatening the very culture of Mali.

The heart of the nation is Bamako, where Ngoni and Kora musicians play to dancing crowds from all ethnicities, while in the Dogon country villages still cling to the cliffs as they did in ancient times.

Further west, Fula women strap silver jewellery to their ears and their belongings to donkeys, forming caravans worthy of beauty pageants as they march across the hamada (dry, dusty scrubland).

And in the northeast, the writings of ancient African civilisations remain locked in the beautiful libraries of Timbuktu, until a new dawn comes for Mali, and they – and it – can be rediscovered by travellers.


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$42.75 Day Trips & Excursions

Niger River trip with visit to Segoukoro, Kalabougou and a fishing village

HighlightsSegoukoro historical village visitKalabougou pottery village visitFishing village visitLunch on the boatEnjoy sunset on the riverRelax and experienceWhy Our Insiders Chose This TourThe best way to combine three highlights - Segoukoro, Kalabougou and the River Niger - and to unwind from your travel experiences in the meantime. What you can expectMeet your guide and the boat crew at the Ségou river quai for a day on the river.Set foot ashore in Segoukoro historical village for a guided village visit after a pleasant 1.5 hour river trip. The capital of the former Bambara Kingdom – as described in Maryse Condé’s books Ségou – offers lots to see, including four mosques, the tomb of the first Bambara King. Traditionally the visit start with meeting the village chief to pay the taxes. The village chief is happy to answer your questions and will open the rebuilt vestibule for you.Get back on board for the boat trip to Kalabougou pottery village. Lunch is served during the tripThe next stop is made at Kalabougou pottery village, situated on a branch of the River Niger. Guided visit to the village and to several family compounds, where the potters make all kinds of pottery from traditional water jugs to modern vases. During the weekend pots are being baked in huge fires. On Mondays most potters can be found at Ségou’s weekly market to sell their products.Another pleasant boat trip leads to a fishing village for an impression of everyday life of the Bozo people. Both nomadic settlements and permanent Bozo villages can be seen in the Ségou surroundings, depending on the time of year.The early morning and late afternoon offer excellent opportunities to spot some of Mali’s beautiful feathered inhabitants, including the Yacana, Kingfishers and Herons.Enjoy the sunset on the way back to Ségou. Arrival at the river quai is expected in the late afternoon.

$25.53 Outdoor Activities

Hiking Manding Country

Siby – Kamadjan Arc - TabouOne day long we take you hiking to discover the beauty and mysteries of Manding country. Meet your guide around 08:15am at the entrance of the compound of Hotel Campement Kamadjan. Start of your hiking trip around 08:30am. A visit is made to the cave, where water leaks from the rocks. A short hike with climb leads to the cave with the source of pure water, where villagers and youngsters come to fill up their water bottles and to relax. A stretch of 7k takes you along old ovens and nature to the Kamadjan Arc. Lunch is eaten under the arc with a magnificent view. After lunch the consultation cave is visited, followed by the hike downhill towards the village of Tabou; a distance of approximately 5k.The hike ends with a visit to the sacred well of Tabou. On public transport the trip goes back to Siby.

$96.19 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Hiking Manding Country - overnight trip

Day 1: Siby –Kamadjan ArcDeparture from Siby around 2pm. A short hike and climb leads to the cave, where water leaks from the rocks. A source of pure water, where villagers and youngsters come to fill up their water bottles and to relax. Feel free to fill up your water bottle. A stretch of 7k takes you along old ovens and nature to the Kamadjan Arc. Enjoy the sunset from the arc. Camp is made at the side of the arc. Enjoy the quiet evening in nature.  Day 2: Kamadjan Arc – Guena - Siby After breakfast and before getting on the road to Guena the consultation cave and the nearby panther cave are visited. This morning a distance of about 4k is covered. Visit Guena village for an impression of daily village life in Manding country. Road-trip back to Siby on public transport. End of the trip around noon.

$68.28 Day Trips & Excursions

Sightseeing Bamako, day-trip

8:30am pick-up from your hotel. Visit the Grand Marché and tour along several of the town’s monuments: the cathedral, the independence monument and the Africa tower. Get on board of a traditionally built wooden boat around lunch time for a trip on the River Niger. While you enjoy a sandwich lunch, you experience Bamako from a different point of view. Visit to the national museum and the surrounding gardens in the afternoon. Finish the day at Point G, a view point overlooking the city. Drop-off at your hotel - or your point of choice in town - around 5pm.The vehicle size is adapted to the number of participants, varying from passenger car to minibus.

$77.19 Day Trips & Excursions

Sightseeing Sélingué and surroundings

8am departure from Bamako, pick-up from your hotel, for the road trip to Sélingué. Visit to Sélingué and the barrage. Rice fields can be seen right next to the barrage. Attention: taking photos of the barrage is forbidden! Enjoy your lunch at Hotel Woloni overlooking the lake. Around 2pm departure for a fishing village situated at a couple of ks from Sélingué. The village visits offers an insight in everyday life of the people as well as to visit a local shipyard, where pirogues are built the traditional way. Set out on a boat trip on the lake with a fisherman. Departure for the road-trip back to Bamako around 4pm.

$154.38 Cultural & Theme Tours

EXCURSION D'UNE JOURNÉE A ESSAOUIRA

Essaouira, se situe face à l’océan atlantique et compte 77 966 habitants en 2014. Dès l’Antiquité, Essaouira est habitée par les indigènes berbères, les Phéniciens puis les Romains, ce n’est qu’à partir du XVème siècle que le site est véritablement occupé par les Portugais, qui édifient en 1506 une forteresse et des remparts rapidement abandonnés devant la résistance acharnée de la population locale.Son ancienne médina s’étend sur une trentaine d’hectares, construite sur une presqu’île rocheuse dans l’océan en une suite d’îlots éparpillés sur le littoral. C’est le sultan Mohammed ben Abdellah qui ordonne sa construction à partir de 1760. Plusieurs architectes de renom y participent, tel Théodore Cornut, qui trace le plan de la ville. Essaouira et ses alentours disposent d’une faune et d’une flore exceptionnelles.Classée réserve biologique depuis 1980, l’îlot de Mogador est un site naturel et ornithologique très prisé. Il compte plusieurs espèces d’oiseaux telles que mouettes, goélands, grands cormorans, martinets pâles et grands corbeaux, mais il est surtout un lieu d’accueil pour les très rares 700 couples de faucons d’Éléonore qui viennent s’y reproduire entre avril et octobre avant de repartir pour la lointaine Madagascar. Essaouira accueille chaque année le festival de la musique gnaoua, originaire de l’empire du Soudan Occidental (Mali, Guinée, Sénégal, Ghana, Niger). Des esclaves furent ramenés de ces pays et enrôlés dans l’armée du sultan Ahmed El Mansour. Après sa mort, ces troupes furent dispersées et une partie se retrouva à Essaouira. Elles participèrent aux travaux des murailles de la ville. Son artisanat spécifique est également prisé, tel le travail du bois de thuya et ses bijoux en argent. Le marché aux poissons et des épices l’est tout autant. La région d’Essaouira a comme particularité de posséder énormément de champs d’arganiers et reste la seule région dans le monde à produire ce type d’huile. L’huile d’argan est toujours appréciée dans le monde entier pour ses qualités de soins de la peau et son goût particulier dans la cuisine. L’excursion est l’occasion idéale pour explorer pleinement le patrimoine mondial de cette ville classée par l’UNESCO depuis 2001, profiter de sa plage dorée, de ses ruelles mystérieuses et de ses belles créations artisanales.