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Discover Mali & Burkina Faso 15-days

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Discover Mali & Burkina Faso 15-days

Day 1: Bamako, Mali 

Arrive Bamako; meet assist and transfer to Hotel.
Meal(s) Included: No
Overnight at Azalai Grand Hotel or Similar

Day 2: Bamako 

After breakfast, city tour of Bamako: enjoy a panoramic view of Bamako from Point G, called 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 to see sculptors, weavers, leather workers, jewelers and metal workers exhibiting their wares and displaying their skills.

One area of the market is devoted entirely to traditional African medicines.  Tour the handcraft center to shop for souvenirs.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Azalai Grand Hotel or Similar

Day 3: Bamako/Sikasso

After breakfast drive to Sikasso, passing through the rich agricultural lands of southern Mali. Sikasso is considered to be Mali breadbasket. View the remnants of the Tata, an ancient palisade that encircled the city which, for a time, held off the French colonial army. In the Mamelon, residence of the kings of Sikasso and the cultural centre Sénoufo tribal homeland – learn about this brave tribe and their strong heritage. Overnight in Sikasso.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel du Cinquantenaire or Similar

Day 4: Sikasso / Ségou

After breakfast drive to the Bambara Kingdom: Segou. Visit the village of Sekoro former capital of the Kingdom; the pottery market along the river side and the colonial buildings of Segou; see how women prepare local beer and learn and experience how to dye mud cloth at the Ndomo.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel Independence or Similar

Day 5: Ségou/Mopti 

After breakfast, drive to Mopti and 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. In the afternoon enjoy a sunset sail on the Niger River in a traditional Pinasse. Overnight in Mopti.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel Kanaga or Similar

Day 6: Mopti/Dogon

After breakfast, drive to Mali’s fascinating Dogon country, visit the Dogon village of Songo, renowned for its rock paintings and grotto; continue to Sangha, comprised of 10 distinct Dogon villages – some are traditional animist and others have converted to Islam.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Campement Hotel Sangha (Bandiagara) or Similar

Day 7: Dogon

After breakfast, visit the village of Banani. Continue to the villages of Ireli and Amani, site of a sanctuary for crocodiles which are sacred to the Dogon people. Visit the village on the edge of the Bandiagara Cliff. Continue to Bandiagara for overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel La Falaise or Similar

Day 8: Dogon/Djenné

After breakfast, drive to Djenne and visit the magnificent Grand Mosque, the world’s largest mud brick structure, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel Djenne-Djenno  or Similar

Day 9: Djenne/Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

This morning drive to Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso’s second largest city. Time permitting this afternoon we will drive to mysterious Koumi, a typical Bobo village. Here, time seems to have stood still for centuries. Sites of interest in Koumi include the young female’s’ initiation place. This evening return to Bobo.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel Auberge or Similar

Day 10: Bobo Dioulasso/Banfora/Bobo Dioulasso

Tour the city of Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso’s second largest city. See the old mosque and visit the old Kibidwe artisans’ district, where you will see blacksmiths, potters, and dyers at work. In the afternoon, drive to Banfora to visit the Karfiguela waterfalls and Lac Tengrela. On the way, visit the domes of fabedougou that are natural sculptures, enjoy a cruise on lake Tengrela. This evening return to Bobo.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel Auberge or Similar

Day 11: Bobo Dioulasso/ Gaoua 

After breakfast drive to Gaoua. In the afternoon, visit the mysterious stone ruins of Loropeni, whose origins are unknown then continue to Kampti to visit the Lobi houses and the Fetish man with his family. Learn the culture of the Lobi people.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Hala Hotel or Similar

Day 12: Gaoua/ Ouagadougou

After breakfast, visit the Poni Museum, dedicated to the Lobi culture; see the distinctive, fortress-like Lobi architecture, then continue on to Ouagadougou. Visit the sacred crocodiles of Bazoule on the way. Overnight in Ouagadougou.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hala (Ala)Hotel or Similar

Day 13: Ouagadougou/Tiébilé/Ouagadougou

After breakfast drive to Tiebile, the home of the Kassena ethnic group. See the houses with their unique architecture colourfully and intricately painted in traditional designs by the women Kassena women. Time permitting, meet with the village chief. Return to Ouagadougou for overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Splendid Residence or Similar

Day 14: Ouagadougou

Full day to explore Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital city; visit the Grand Market and the National Museum, with its interesting collection of regional clothing, masks, household utensils, and ancestral statues; visit the craft market at the Artisans’ Center where you will find basketry, batik fabrics, wooden statues, and masks, jewelry, leatherwork and bronze castings.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Splendid Residence or Similar

Day 15: Ouagadougou / Depart

After breakfast decide on your tour activities with the assistance of your guide; transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

2017 Tour Dates

  • October 9 – 23
  • November 5 – 19

2018 Tour Dates

  • October 8 – 22
  • November 5 – 18

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the listed properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites
  • Meals indicated

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Flights
  • Cost of visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide