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Backroads of Mauritania and Mali, 17 Days

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Backroads of Mauritania and Mali, 17 Days

 

Day 1: Nouakchott, Mauritania

Arrive Nouakchott; meet assist and transfer to the hotel.

Meal(s) Included: None

Overnight at Hotel Tfeila or similar.

 

Day 2: Nouakchott

Visit the Main Mosque with it two minarets, the popular market, the craft market, the museum of Nouakchott, the fishing port with it colorful with all the boats of various colors. The return of boats in the late afternoon is an original performance. Lunch in Chinese restaurant, In the afternoon, visit the desert dunes of Nouakchott, trekking on the big dunes to discover the desert beauty.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Tfeila or similar.

 

Day 3: Nouakchott – Tergit – Atar – Chinguetti

Departure to Tergit oasis, the most known oasis and most impressive of Adrar; Palm plantation located at the bottom of the throat of a plate, cascades of and udder spring water of rock where the source of curative hot water, surrounded of luxuriant vegetation, adds magic feelings and images in this desert context . From there we take the track to Chinguetti, the seventh holy city of Islam declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Motel Aguilas or similar.

 

Day 4: Chinguetti- Tenewchert – Ouadane

In the morning, visit Chinguetti, having tour in its libraries, quarters and its oases, Our journey will take us across 80 km, a true desert sand dune, where we will experience the isolation of the lost cities of the desert. Visit Tenewchert, magic big oasis in the desert, arrived at Ouadane, Founded in the 6th century of the Hegira (XIIth after J.C), and Ouadane was an important step in the trans-trade caravans. The products of sub-Saharan Africa were exchanged for those of the Maghreb. In 1487, the Portuguese reached Ouadane and founded a commercial warehouse, hoping to divert to their advantage trade in gold and other products from the Sudan. The city has witnessed an intense cultural and scientific. It was up to forty scholars in the same lane. Visit the ancient quarters and libraries that displays the surprisingly glorious past of this country. Night in Motel El Ghallawiya. (To see Guelb El Richat and Tinlabe you will need another day in Ouadane).

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Motel El Ghallawiya or similar.

 

Day 5: Ouadane – El Khatt Desert

Take the desert road to Tagant, across the desert dune, valleys, meet the nomads, discover their culture and live style, visit village Ain Safra, camping with tents.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Tented Camp or similar.

 

Day 6: El Khatt Desert- Rashid – Tidjikja

Across the desert dune, valleys, visit Oasis Rashid, The confluence of two valleys is the town of Rashid. This city, built in the eighteenth century is divided by the oasis between the old and the new city. In 1723 was founded the old town of Rashid, arrive Tidjikja, night in Motel caravan

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Tented Camp or similar

 

Day 7: Tidjikja – Matmata – Moudjria – Ayoun

Visit Matmata, known for the certified presence of crocodiles. The Guelta Matmata is a large water tank on many levels with its sandy beaches, and extending in a thin green cove closed at its end by a rocky cliff with impressive dimensions. In these water holes fed by rain water coming in cascade during the rainy season, you can see crocodiles, which were trapped since the river where they lived dried up. These crocodiles, real living fossils come from time immemorial and are the testimonies of the time when the Sahara was a rainforest. Visit Moudjria , you can admire a panorama of the most surprising, about 200m you will dominate a sea of golden sand dunes by the sun and at the foot of the cliff, the city of Moudjéria , City Moudjéria was created during the French colonization. The fort was to control the Acheft passes allowing access to the plateau Tagant. Across the cities of Guero, Kiffa, Tintan, arrive Ayoun for overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Motel Ayoun or similar.

 

Day 8: Ayoun El’ Atrous – Nioro Du Sahel, Mali

From Ayoûn drive and cross the border into Mali in Nioro du Sahel.
Overnight in Nioro.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Yonkilignu or similar.

 

Day 9: Nioro Du Sahel – Bamako

Drive to Bamako via Diéma, Didiéni to Bamako. Overnight to Bamako. Overnight in Bamako.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Laico El Farouk Hotel or similar.

 

Day 10: Bamako

City tour of Bamako: Have an overview of Bamako from the hill Point G called again the hill of Health; visit the National Museum, providing an excellent introduction to the ethnic diversity of the country; visit the city’s craft bazaar we shall see sculptors, weavers, leather workers, jewelers and metal workers exhibiting their wares and displaying their skills.Tour the handcraft centre to shop for souvenirs. After visits return to your hotel, relax and overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Laico El Farouk Hotel or similar.

 

Day 11: Bamako – Segou

Breakfast and 3-hour drive to visit Sékoro village ‘the Old Ségou’, the former capital of the Bambara kingdom where you will see the tomb of King Biton Coulibaly and other ancient mosques. Admire the beautiful Sudanese-style colonial architecture, visit women preparing local beer, the pottery market, traditional weavers and other artisans. See and experience how to make a traditional mud cloth.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Auberge Segou or similar

 

Day 12: Segou – Djenne

En route to Djenné, visit San to see the local mosque, designed as a replica of the Djenné Grand Mosque and visit Terekungo village, site of a sacred well inhabited by protector spirits of the Bobo people.We continue to Djenné today is Monday and Djenné is at its colorful best. Visit the famous Mosque of Djenné that is the world largest mud brick house and a UNESCO heritage site, visit the Monday market, visit the archaeological site, and the place where the young virgin has been sacrificed for the prosperity of the city. Wander in the Streets of Djenné and feel the atmosphere of the medieval time.Overnight in Djenné.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Djenne Djeno or similar

 

Day 13: Djenne – Mopti

Drive to visit the Fulani village Senossa at 6 km from Djenné city interact with Fulani people back to Djenné then continue to Mopti. City tour: see the fascinating mix of Malian cultures: Bambara, Bobo, Bozo, Dogon, Fulani, Tuareg, Songhaï and Hausa; visit the beautiful mosque, the fishing port and the bustling market, where you can shop for gold or silver jewellery, Tuareg leatherwork, or Fulani blankets of cotton or wool. Afternoon sunset sail in the afternoon on the Niger River visiting fishermen on the banks.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Kanaga or similar

 

Day 14: Mopti – Dogon Country

Drive to fascinating Dogon country, points of interest are the circumcision grotto in Songho, the beautiful Dogon village Niongonon and Sangha comprised of 10 distinct Dogon villages – some are traditional animists and others have converted to Islam where you can visit the Hogon, the spiritual leader of the Dogon people, Women’s House and other places of interest.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Campement Sangha or similar

 

Day 15: Dogon Country

his morning trek to explore Dogon Countries in smaller villages at the escarpment edge such as Banani, Ireli, Amani and Tireli. Learn the history, life and custom of the Dogon people. See the tellem cave dwellings in the cliff face. After visit climb up and drive to Bandiagara for overnight.

The Dogon tour will require trekking.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel La Falaise or similar.

 

Day 16: Dogon Country

The Dogon tour will require some trekking.We will drive to explore Djiguibongo, Kani Kambolé, Tely and Endé see Tellem caves; visit the Dogon spiritual leader Le Hogon. After visit, drive to Bandiagara and stay overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Hotel La Falaise or similar.

 

Day 17: Dogon Country – Bamako – Depart

Return to Bamako in time for your onward flight, or you may extend your stay for a few days.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

 

Tour Price Includes:
  •  Airport to hotel transfer
  • Accommodations in the properties listed
  • Tours in private vehicle
  • Experienced English-speaking guides
  • Admissions to all listed sites and activities
  • Luggage transfer
  • Meals indicated as included
Tour Price Does Not Include
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed
  • Visa fees
  • Gratuity to drivers and guides