Privatly Escorted Tour - Mali and Senegal ULWA05

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Personal Highlights: Visiting the unique Tellem houses in the Dogon Valley An evening under the stars with the Tuaregs of Timbuktu Discovering Niger River harbor activity in Mopti, crossroads of Mali An emotional tour of Goree Island, point of departure for many during the height of the slave
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: City, Family, Sightseeing, Relaxing & Wellness, Walking, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Mali, Senegal, Bamako Capital District (Mali), Dakar (Senegal), Timbuktu (Mali), Bamako (Mali), Cap Vert-Thies (Senegal)
  • Group size: 6 persons
  • Duration: 16 Day(s)

Your Tour

Personal Highlights:

  • Visiting the unique Tellem houses in the Dogon Valley
  • An evening under the stars with the Tuaregs of Timbuktu
  • Discovering Niger River harbor activity in Mopti, crossroads of Mali
  • An emotional tour of Goree Island, point of departure for many during the height of the slave trade
Day 1 Depart USA

You board your aircraft for the overnight flight to Bamako, capital of Mali.

Day 2 Welcome to Mali

Upon arrival in Bamako you are met by your guide and escorted to your hotel. After a chance to relax enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 Bamako to Djenne

After breakfast you will head out with your guide to Djenne, Timbuktu's ancient sister city and a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is also referred to as the Jewel of the Niger River. During your tour you will visit the world's largest mud brick mosque and depending on the day you arrive have the opportunity to participate in market day when Djenne is at its colorful best.

Day 4 Djenne to Dogon Country

In the morning you continue your exploration of Djenne concluded with lunch. In the afternoon you drive to Dogon Country and have dinner and overnight at an encampment.

Day 5 Bandiagara and the Tellem Houses

You have an early morning departure as you head to the area known as Bandiagara which is an area made up of thirteen villages. It is also the gateway to the Dogon Valley where you will explore its stone and mud villages built on top of, alongside and at the base of an escarpment and locally referred to as Tellem houses. These houses cover an area of one hundred miles and offer a unique picturesque view of both the architecture and the location. You visit a village along the cliff to witness a spectacular Dogon Mask dance after which you depart for the town of Mopti where you overnight.

Day 6 The Ancient City of Timbuktu

You leave early from your hotel for the brief flight to Timbuktu, an ancient city dating back to 1111 AD. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and take you on a tour of a city known for being the first center of learning for mankind and for its impressive history and unique architecture. You will have the opportunity to visit the Ethnological Museum which houses a collection of ancient books on religion, science, history and mathematics. After the museum visit, you will check into your hotel and have lunch. After lunch you will continue your tour visiting the local mosques, the explorers' houses, the market and the museum. End the day with an excursion to the desert for an evening camel ride led by local Tuaregs.

Day 7 The Markets of Mopti

After a brief but early morning flight you arrive back in Mopti, described as the crossroads of Mali. Because of its location it pulls together all the people of Mali (Bamana, Singhai, Fula, Tuareg, Moor, Bozo and Dogon). After lunch in the city, your guide will take you on a tour including the bustling harbor on the Niger River where you will find large wooden pinasses with canvas covers and colorful flags waving the in the breeze. You will also take time to visit the fish market where fishermen bring in their catch in their pirogues or dugout canoes. You will also have a chance to visit the Grande Marche (Big Market) and Petit Marche (Little Market) where you can shop for earthenware pottery and calabash products. Your tour will end with a visit to the old town with its Grande mosque and its narrow pedestrian streets and gray banco houses.

Day 8 Teriya-Bugu and Segou

This morning you will leave Mopti headed for Segou. Along the way however you will stop at the delightful oasis of Teriya-Bugu located in the midst of the desert and surrounded by eucalyptus, orchards and fisheries. You have a chance to walk through the arboretum before having lunch and continuing on to the town of Segou where you will spend the night.

Day 9 Return to Bamako

After breakfast you will depart for Bamako. Arriving in Bamako you will visit the National Museum to see some of the beautifully displayed objects including those used in forging and weaving. Other highlights include the stylized antelope mask of Bamana; various Senoufo statuary and the world-renowned antique Dogon Sculptures. Next you will visit point G, where you will have a panoramic view of the city and some cliff dwellings featuring old rock paintings. The artisan center houses an abundance of shops and stalls selling crafts and curios such as leatherwork, fabric, silverware, masks, carvings and bronze figurines and there is also a workshop where you can watch woodcarvers, silversmiths, drum makers and other craftspeople at work.

Day 10 Flying to and Touring Dakar

After an early morning flight you arrive in Senegal's capital, Dakar where you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Once you have had a chance to refresh yourself you will embark on an orientation tour of this sophisticated city. You will tour Independence Square where you see a mix of old colonial buildings and the new African-inspired architecture. From there you will visit Kernel Market with its colorful flowers, fruits, fabrics and clothing. Before and after lunch you will see many of the government buildings before visiting the Grand Mosque and Dakar University. Your last visit of the day will be the village of Soumedioune where high quality goods may be admired or purchased.

Day 11 An Emotional and Enlightening Day


This morning you will meet your guide for an emotional and haunting experience as you tour Goree Island, the departure point of millions headed for slavery in the Americas. A short ferry ride takes you to the island where you have the chance to tour the Museum Maison des Eclaves (Slaves' House). After its slaving focus, the island became one of the first French settlements on the continent and you can still see clusters of pink colonial style houses which show another aspect of the island's history. You will take a walk to the castle for a spectacular view of Goree and beyond before having lunch at a beach front restaurant featuring Senegalese food. In the afternoon you return to Dakar and Visit the University of Dakar where a student will proudly show you the campus including lecture halls and you have an opportunity to interact with some of the students. If Goree Island is a symbol of Africa's poignant past then these students are symbolic of Senegal's promising future.

Day 12 The Pink Lake and the Catch of the Day

After breakfast you will drive 20 miles outside the city to a body of water known as Pink Lake because feldspar deposits reflecting the sunlight through the salty water produce a unique vibrant pink color. The lake is the remains of a fossil sea that once covered all of Senegal but is now surrounded by sand dunes, a baobab forest and traditional villages. You will see men and women in the lake crushing the bottom which consists of a thick crust of salt that they gather and then sell. This explains the high salinity of the lake, much like the Dead Sea. After visiting the lake you head to the ocean where you have lunch overlooking the beach. After lunch you are taken to the village of Cayar, a fishing community along the Atlantic coastline where donkey drawn buggies are the most common form of transportation. You will arrive in time to see the return of the fishermen who have been gone overnight on the high sea and now return to the beach in their dugout canoes (called pirogues). The catch can include fish, shrimp and lobsters and the whole beach is alive with buyers, fishermen, families and children.

Day 13 Saint Louis in a Horse Drawn Carriage

In the morning you will head for Saint Louis which was once Senegal's capital and is the oldest city to be created by Europeans on the western coast of Africa. Named for King Louis XIV it was originally a fortified settlement from the days of slavery but is now considered to be Senegal's intellectual capital and center of good taste. After lunch in a local restaurant you will visit the University of Gaston Berger and interact with the students before boarding a horse drawn carriage for a tranquil exploration of the city's highlights. This evening join your guide for dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the river.

Day 14 Oiseaux du Djoudj National Park

After breakfast you will head out to Oiseaux du Djoudj National Park. The park provides a range of wetland habitats which prove very popular with migrating birds, many of which have just crossed the Sahara so they are obviously in need of a drink. You will enjoy the sight of thousands of Pelicans perched on rocks overlooking the wetlands and you might be lucky and spot some of the other wildlife that inhabits the park. You return to Saint Louis for lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Dakar.

Day 15 A Farewell to Dakar

After breakfast your driver is at your disposal for any last minute shopping or more sightseeing. In the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner with Senegalese music and dancing before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the US.

Day 16 Arrival in USA

You arrive back in the USA either late morning or early afternoon.


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