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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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DAY 1: MARRAKECH - TELOUET - AIT BEN HADOU - OUARZAZATE After breakfast we will leave from the Riad in a southerly direction crossing the high mountains known as the High Atlas or Tizin Tichka, of 2260 m of altitude. We can also visit the village of Ouarzazate and the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Dinner and accommodation in Riad In Ouarzazate.DAY 2: OUARZAZATE - DADES GORGES - TODRA VALLEY - DESERT OF MERZOUGA After breakfast we will go to the Ouzina Desert and visit the palm grove and the Gorges of Toldra, we will pass through some Berber and Arab towns such as Erfoud and we will continue our way to Ouzina. Dinner and accommodation in Kasbah Riad Porte de Sahara (one night) unforgettable).DAY 3: EXPLORING MERZOUGA AREA A free day in the desert to enjoy its calm and visit the town of Ouzina and its surroundings, possibility of making a tour with the Quads at your disposal, in the afternoon excursion to see the sunset in the middle of the dunes of Erg Ouzina. Berber music night in the dunes under a sky lit with stars and the moon. Dinner and accommodation in Haima.DAY 4: MERZOUGA - RISSANI - AZROU - FEZ We get up early to climb the dunes and see the most beautiful desert sunrise in the morning, after breakfast we leave for Merzouga on the track of the Paris-Dakar Rally, visit the village of Khamlia with its original black inhabitants of Mali, to listen to music African live, then in the afternoon we go to Merzouga, where we transfer you to the bus that goes directly to Fez and end of our services.

$1715.73 Private & Custom Tours

15 days 10 regions tour of Ghana

We depart Accra to the North by air the next day afternoon you’re arrival. We then tour the 3 northern regions first then ends in Accra on the 14th day. You will be picked at your hotel and brought back there.  Tamale, Bolga, Paga, Damongo, Larabanga, Mole, Mognori Village among many others will be visited while in the north.You will have meet and greet services right from your arrival at the airport then a brief orientation by us with a free a la cart meal at a fancy restaurant in the city.The next day, you will be treated to these as our journey around the entire country begins:  A Quick view of Paga town and the border to Burkina Faso. Then we Proceed to the Pikoro Slave Market where slave masters 1st arrived from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, etc before they moved to Salaga.  We then Continue to Bolga. (Distance:30mins) Lunch at Akayet Hotel (Buffet). We will also Tour in Bolga township. Brief shopping at the craft market/cultural centre. In the evening we Depart to Tamale (Tamale City Tour) We will Check in at a Hotel and have dinner at 6:30pm. As part of Leisure you are free to Enjoy hotel facilities- swim pool, gym, etc -After breakfast at 8am, have an excursion trip to Mognori Eco Village (Distance: 1:50hrs) to have a canoe cruise experience. -Visit the Chief's Palace and witness an exciting northern cultural dance (arranged). -Mingle with the natives, have photo shoot session in native northern attire, observe how shea butter is processed and experience a total unique culture of northern Ghana. - Proceed to Mole National Park, (10km from Mognori). Embark on an afternoon safari, admire the herds of baffaloes, elephants and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the biggest game reserve. -Lunch at Mole Motel (Buffet) -Zaina lodge on request* -Move to the Larabanga Mosque. The oldest mosque in West Africa which has survived for centuries despite inclement weather. -Continue to Damongo to witness a typical northern market day -photo shoot session. -Farewell, depart back to Tamale and have dinner at the hotel at 6:30pm. -Free time (Corporate network session)

$7160.14 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore South Africa's cutting-edge creativity - where art & design intersect.

ItineraryDay 1: Cape Town Stop At: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town Central, Western CapeOn arriving and enjoying VIP airport assistance you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind, for the first of 5-nights. In the early evening, get together for an icebreaker before celebrating your first night at a welcome dinner with select guests in a private, art-filled home.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in priceDay 2: Cape Town and the Peninsula Stop At: Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Town Central, Western CapeGet your bearings exploring the striking natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula and two oceans. Summit Table Mountain by cable car for a panoramic view of the city. Then travel south along the Atlantic’s spectacular coastline before crossing the Peninsula to see a penguin colony at Boulders on the Indian ocean. Lunch on the rocks overlooking a buzzy working harbor before lingering in Kalk Bay at a gallery that showcases established artists and inspiring initiatives assembled by a legendary maven. On a curator–led tour take in the newest addition to the Cape’s vibrant art scene - Norval Foundation, with its 20th & 21st-century South African art, remaining in the historic Constantia Valley for dinner with informative guests. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in priceDay 3: Cape Town Stop At: Bo-kaap, Cape Town Central, Western CapeSee the heart of the city: The cobbled streets and colorful homes of the Bo-Kaap Quarter; Geenmarket Square abuzz with traders; inspiring initiatives like Monkeybiz, a women’s economic empowerment collective that is transforming the beaded arts market. Enjoy a curator-led tour of The SA National Gallery, lunching in the historic Company’s Garden. Meet pioneering artists at the country’s first kiln-formed glass studio. Join in early evening festivities at the opening of the Cape Town Art Fair, a transcontinental platform showcasing Africa’s vibrant contemporary art landscape, with exhibits from prestigious galleries. Dinner follows in the Waterfront.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in priceDay 4: Cape Town Waterfront Stop At: Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town Central, Western CapeSpend the morning at flagship destinations in the V&A Waterfront’s The Silo District. Be shown over Guild, a multi-faceted destination that includes the Southern Guild Gallery that showcases limited-edition African art and design, an in-house studio with its own furniture range, and a concept store.At Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) see architect Thomas Heatherwick’s repurposing of former grain silo’s into the biggest contemporary art museum in Africa.On a curator-led tour, discover why it’s one of the most influential museums of African art and its diaspora in the world. Follow with lunch with 360-degree views of the city and Table Mountain. In the afternoon, enjoy a privileged viewing of one of South Africa’s foremost private collections spanning two centuries, as well as its Contemporary Art Gallery and architecturally astounding Wine Gallery conducted by its dedicated art guide. In the evening, enjoy a ”Taste Safari – from Cape Town to Timbuktu”, interspersed with live entertainment that celebrates the energy of Pan Africa with hand crafted puppets from Mali and Xhosa and Congolese dancers and singers.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in priceDay 5: Cape Town - Woodstock Stop At: The Woodstock Exchange, Woodstock, Western CapeGain some fascinating insights into the life and times South Africa’s foremost Expressionist and top selling artist, while being shown over her former home / studio and now eclectic museum.Woodstock is a fast gentrifying precinct, likened to New York’s Meatpacking district, with the highest concentration of design studios and art galleries in the country. Lunch at a crowd–pulling spot in The Old Biscuit Mill and in the afternoon visit a number of cutting edge galleries such as Stevenson, Whatiftheworld, SA Print Gallery, SMAC, Goodman. On your last night in Cape Town eat among the locals, at a hot spot in the city. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Cape Town city centre for 5 nights included in priceDay 6: The Winelands Stop At: Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek, Western CapeHead out to the Winelands with its abundance of unique Cape Dutch architecture, historic homesteads and über-chic contemporary estates set in a region of rolling vineyards and soaring peaks. At the country’s premier wine estate, stroll around the spacious grounds and gracious manor house. Lunch from a spectacular eyrie at the top of the Helshoogte mountain pass. Follow with a guided walk around Delaire Graff’s sculpture-filled gardens, art-clad walls and shop, where museum quality investment pieces rub shoulders with dazzling cutting edge urban design. Once in Franschhoek and settled into your centrally located hotel for the first of 2-nights, you can venture forth independently to explore the picturesque village, before dining in SA’s ‘’culinary capital”.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: A 4-5 star Hotel in the heart of Franschhoek for two nights included. Day 7: The Winelands Stop At: Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek, Western CapeIn the morning, enjoy a curated visit to Stellenbosch’s Rupert Museum, one of South Africa’s significant private art collections. Lunch among the vines. In the afternoon, be enchanted by a private gem - a guided walkabout of sculptor Dylan Lewis’ indigenous garden and studio, where upwards of sixty of his highly acclaimed works depicting various stages of his career are thoughtfully located on mountain slopes. Later, wander around the town of Stellenbosch, glimpsing some Cape Dutch architectural gems among the university town’s oak-lined streets, popping into shop and galleries before ending with dinner in historic Dorp Street.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star Hotel in the heart of Franschhoek for two nights included.Day 8: Johannesburg Stop At: Babylonstoren Garden, Paarl, Western CapeMorning is open to explore Franschhoek’s many galleries and appealing shops at your leisure. Be shown around Babylonstoren’s beguiling garden based on the Dutch East India Company’s landscape layout that replenished passing ships with fresh food, which now produces over 300 edible plants and local specialities. Lunch here, before taking an afternoon flight to Johannesburg (two hours) where you’ll stay at for 3-nights. Dinner is at the hotel, with welcoming hotel staff on hand to whip up something delicious.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A 4-5 star establishment in Johannesburg for 3 nights Day 9: Johannesburg - Artists, galleries and regenerated precincts Stop At: Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg, GautengSpend the morning at Maboneng, a multicultural, urban regeneration precinct. Go on a behind-the-scenes walkabout of its SoHo-inspired work spaces, vibrant street murals, artists’ studios, creative venues and retail clusters that fuse contemporary architecture with historic city buildings. Arts on Main is the hub of this complex of early 1900 warehouses that includes the studios of William Kentridge and art entrepreneur David Krut. Lunch in its tree-filled courtyard with some of the creative residents. In the afternoon hit the fashionable Rosebank district for a series of gallery tours: Goodman – a distinguished modern art gallery, Everard Read – the oldest gallery representing national and international artists, and take in the city’s skyline from the deck of its adjacent striking gallery – Circa. End the day at a treasure trove filled with hand crafted objects from all over Africa – Kim Sacks Gallery, enjoying a private dinner here with the owner. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Stay in a 4-5 star establishment for 3 nightsDay 10: Johannesburg - Sculptural gardens and human originsStop At: Nirox Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp, Greater Johannesburg, GautengIn the morning Origins Centre tells the story of the origins of humankind and our journey out of Africa, as well as diverse Southern African rock art traditions of the San / Bushmen (the world’s oldest continuous art form). Notable display is ”the” ground-breaking artefact that dates man’s design thinking origins back some 100,0000 years. In the afternoon take in the tranquillity of Nirox’s landscaped grounds while being shown around art and sculpture in thoughtful and unexpected places, in this symbolic landscape where 3.5 million years of human activity have taken place. Nirox Sculpture Park & Residency is located in the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where forty percent of the world’s human ancestors have been found. Enjoy sunset and watch the Southern Cross emerge over a celebratory private dinner here with select guests.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Stay in a 4-5 star establishment for 3 nightsDay 11: Johannesburg - Constitutional Hill and urban renewal projectStop At: Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg, GautengVisit Constitutional Hill, a National Heritage Site in the inner city, located on what was the country’s most notorious prison complex, to contextualize the country’s turbulent past and its transition to democracy. The architectural brief for the re-purposing of this complex was to convey the justice and openness of SA’s constitution. The adjacent Constitutional Court (the highest in the land) houses a collection of art works with a human rights theme by eminent South Africans that tells this story with a different lens and weaves multiple threads together. A fitting end to your journey of creative discovery.Have a tasty bite at a popular eatery houses and the first urban renewal project in the city centre.before being dropped off at the airport, subject to your flight schedule.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$41.10 Day Trips & Excursions

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

Highlights • Segoukoro historical village visit • Kalabougou pottery village visit • Fishing village visit • Lunch on the boat • Enjoy sunset on the river • Relax and experience Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour The 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.

$24.55 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.

$92.48 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.