Mali (Bamako, Segou)
Two-day tour of Segou and Bamako. See the famous pottery market in Segou, or the tomb of King Biton Coulibaly. In Bamako visit the Musokunda Museum and artisan markets.
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Day 1 Bamako to Segou
After breakfast on your own, we will drive to Ségou, one of Mali’s largest cities and former colonial administrative center. Upon arrival, we will explore Ségou to admire the beautiful Sudanese-style colonial architecture, visit a number of centers to see women preparing local beer, the pottery market, traditional weavers and other artisans. Visit Sékoro village ‘the Old Ségou’, the former capital of the Bambara kingdom where you will see the tomb of King Biton Coulibaly. Following lunch we will take an afternoon cruise in a traditional pinasse on the River Niger to the Bambara village of Kalabougou. The village is known for its pottery and we may see the women creating and kilning their work. Overnight in Ségou.
Meal(s) Included: No
Overnight at Hotel Auberge or Similar
Day 2 Segou to Bamako
Enjoy breakfast before we return to explore the capital city of Bamako situated on the Niger River. Mali is a country of many tribal peoples, each with their own exuberant styles of clothing and jewelry. There is nowhere better to see this colorful diversity than in the streets and markets of the capital. In the city’s craft bazaar we shall 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. Here you’ll find the freshly shrunken heads of birds, monkeys and crocodiles, along with lizard skins and other gruesome treatments. Later we will visit the National Museum, providing an excellent introduction to the ethnic diversity of the country.
We will also have a tour of the Musokunda Museum where you will see the different types of women’s clothing by ethnic group. Time permitting we will visit the recycling market of Bamako where local artists turn one man’s trash into another’s treasure.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast