Depart USA / Arrive Bamako
Overnight: Grand Hotel, Bamako
This morning we leave Bamako and travel east to Segou. We’ll tour Segou--one of Mali’s
largest cities. We’ll have lunch here followed by a city tour, walking through the tree-lined streets just back from
the riverbank and to the Quai Ousmane Djiri area. Evening with Traditional music.
Overnight: Hotel Independence or similar - Meals: Breakfast
Segou / Sangha
legendary Dogon Country is a World Heritage site and considered one of the most extraordinary places on earth. We’ll
fully explore this incredible area over next few days and get to experience a traditional Dogon Mask Dance.
Overnight Hotel Campement Guina
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Morning hike down the falaise towards the village of Tireli, we’ll pass
beautiful Tellem architecture, ancient burial caves, villages built precariously on the rocks of the cliff face and other
quintessentially Dogon attractions. We’ll be met at the base of the cliff and transported to Tireli to have lunch and meet with the village elders
and school officials. Here we’ll be get an overview of the garden project. Tireli
must be one of the most spectacular Dogon villages, with the picture-postcard pointed thatched roofs crawling upwards along
the escarpment. Overnight Hotel Campement Guina - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today we meet the students and work together on planting fruit trees in their garden.
This will be a real cultural immersion experience as we will become part of the community, joining villagers for meals
and activities as well as working on a project that will leave a lasting contribution to the school and village.
Overnight Hotel Campement Guina
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
work on community building in Tireli
Overnight Hotel Campement Guina - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tireli / Douentza
Today we’ll finish up our garden project for the school. After
a farewell lunch with the villagers, we’ll begin our journey to Timbuktu, overnighting half way in Douentza.
Overnight: Hotel Campement Falaise - Meals:
Timbuktu / Essakane / Festival au Desert
Early morning departure from Douentza to the legendary city of Timbuktu, located at the terminus of the great trans-Saharan
caravan route. We’ll have lunch en route and arrive in time for quick tour around town.
No trip to Timbuktu is complete without a stop at the local turban merchant who not only sells turbans in a rainbow
of colors, but will teach you how to tie it properly for the desert. In the afternoon we’ll depart Timbuktu for Essakane, the site of the Festival in the Desert.
There’s time to settle into camp before the evening music begins.
Overnight: Festival Camp (Tents and mats provided) - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch &
Today we’ll take in all the festival has to offer--including camel rides, traditional songs and games. Interact
with the musicians and traders before enjoying the music festival which goes into the wee hours of the night.
Overnight: Festival Camp (Tent
and mats) --Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Depart Festival for Mopti
This morning we leave the festival for Mopti —the Venice of Mali.
Overnight Hotel Kanaga -- Meals:
Day trip to Djenne on its weekly market day, one of the most colorful markets in West Africa, the
market is located in front of infamous imposing Grand Mosque, the largest mud building in the world. We’ll
return to Mopti and our 5 star hotel for a sunset cruise on the incomparable Niger River in a traditional pirogue (dugout
Hotel Kanaga - Meals: Breakfast
Travel to Segou stopping in Sevare at the Farafina
Tigne boutique / museum and the Peace Corps Baba's Art Gallery Bead Museum (time permitting)
Overnight Hotel Independence or similar –
Drive to Bamako, overnight at the Grand Hotel
– Meals: Breakfast
tour of Bamako’s neighborhoods, artisans, markets and monuments. Tonight we’ll
have a farewell dinner before our departure from Bamako on an overnight flight to USA.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
arrival in USA
- 11 nights hotel, double occupancy
- 3 nights camping in Essakane; Tents and mats are provided, sleeping bags are NOT.
- 29 meals:
14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners; excluding drinks/bottled water
- Bottled water (3 liters/person/day)
is included at the Festival site
- Private ground transportation by air-conditioned 4x4 vehicles
- Volunteer activity orientation
with organization leader
- All materials needed for the garden project
- Traditional Dogon mask dance in a village
- Traditional music group in Segou
- Sunset sail on the Niger River
- Festival entry pass
- Experienced, English-speaking guide
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure in Bamako
hotel taxes and local tourism taxes
- All touring and entry fees, as per program
site tour coordinator.
Not included: International airfare; meals not mentioned in the itinerary; personal expenses
such as laundry, phone calls, beverages; accident and health insurance; tips to the tour guide; Mali travel
Price: The price
depends on the number in your group. Contact us to learn more.