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Senegal (Dakar, Goree Island, Pink Lake, St. Louis) Mali (Bamako, Timbuktu, Mopti, Djenne, Dogon Country, Segou)

See the best Senegal and Mali have to offer! From Dakar you will have the opportunity to visit Goree Island, an infamous slave trading post. Visit St. Louis and Pink Lake before departing for Bamako, Mali. Visit Timbuktu, Mopti, Djenne, and Segou.

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Activity
  1. Day 1 Dakar, Senegal

    Arrive Dakar, Senegal; meet assist and transfer to Hotel.
    Meal(s) Included: No
    Overnight at Sofitel Teranga Dakar or Similar

  2. Day 2 Dakar

    After breakfast, the morning is at lesure until your early afternoon city tour of Metropolitan Dakar. Visit the colorful markets including Tilen Market, famous for a variety of medicinal herbs and traditional healers and the picturesque residential district of Medina.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Sofitel Teranga Dakar or Similar

  3. Day 3 Dakar – Goree Island – Dakar

    After breakfast, go on a tour of Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights will include a visit to the ethnographic museum, and a lecture by the curator on the history of the Island.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Sofitel Teranga Dakar or Similar

  4. Day 4 Dakar – Pink Lake – St. Louis

    After breakfast, depart to Saint Louis located in the north of Senegal. En route, tour of Pink Lake, a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of microorganism and high concentration of salts which gives the lake its pink color. Interact with the women harvesting salt, then visit the Fulani village where you will be welcomed by the chief and his wives. Continue to Saint Louis. In the afternoon, city tour of Saint Louis including a visit to the fishing village of Guet Ndar.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at La Residence or Similar

  5. Day 5 St. Louis – Dakar – Bamako

    Tour of St. Louis. Explore the narrow streets flanked by houses with carved wooden balconies and verandas. Visit the National Bird Sanctuary which has a vast array of birds including pelicans, ducks, flamingos, among others. Continue to Dakar where you will board your two hour flight to Bamako, Mali. Arrive in Bamako where you will be met, assisted, and transferred to your hotel.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
    Overnight at Laico Hotel El Farouk or Similar

  6. Day 6 Bamako

    Bamako is situated on the Niger, one of Africa’s great rivers which flows through Mali. The city was founded in 1640, but didn’t really start to grow until the French colonial period began in 1898.
    Mali is a country of many tribal peoples, each with your own exuberant styles of clothing and jewelry. There is no where better to see this colorful diversity than in the streets and markets of Bamako.
    Bamako has a large art and crafts centre where sculptors, weavers, leather workers, jewelers and metal workers exhibit their wares and skills. Another highlight of the tour is the Grand Marche, or ‘Great Market’, where you can spend hours exploring the hundreds of stalls. From carvings and cassettes, to fabrics, beads, brass and gold, the variety of goods is staggering.
    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.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Laico Hotel El Farouk or Similar

  7. Day 7 Bamako – Timbuktu

    Early morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Timbuktu. Then, take a Timbuktu city tour. Visit the ancient mosques, the city market, the explorer’s houses, the artisans center. In the afternoon, enjoy a camel ride on the dunes around Timbuktu.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Hendrina Khan Hotel or Similar

  8. Day 8 Timbuktu – Mopti

    In the morning take a flight to Mopti, the Venice of Mali, nestled between the Niger and the Bani rivers. The Mopti city tour includes the beautiful mosque, the fishing port and the bustling market. Enjoy a sunset sail on the Niger River in a traditional pirogue.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Hotel Kanaga or Similar

  9. Day 9 Mopti – Djenne – Mopti

    After breakfast, drive to Djenne, Timbuktu’s ancient sister city. Visit Djenne on its weekly market day, when Djenne is at its colorful best. Stroll around the market stalls, spread out before the magnificent Grand Mosque, which is the world’s largest mud brick architecture and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Hotel Kanaga or Similar

  10. Day 10 Mopti – Dogon Country

    Travel to Sangha, comprised of 10 distinct Dogon villages – some are traditional animists and others have converted to Islam. Descend the Bandiagara escarpment and visit the village Banani. You will see ancient Tellem cave dwellings on cliffs’ edges. Continue to the villages Ireli, Tireli, and Amani, site of a sanctuary for crocodiles which are sacred to the Dogon people.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Overnight at Kanaga Cheval Blanc or Similar

  11. Day 11 Dogon Country – Segou

    Travel to Segou, Mali’s second largest city and former colonial capital. Also visit the nearby village of Sekoro, the “old Segou” and capital of the Bambara Kingdom. See the tomb of King Biton Coulibaly.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Hotel Independence or Similar

  12. Day 12 Segou – Bamako – Depart

    After breakfast, continue the city tour of Segou and vicinity. In the afternoon return to Bamako where you will have a day room to refresh and relax before your onward flight this evening.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Trip Includes:

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers and luggage handling
  • Hotel accommodation in the listed properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guides
  • Meals indicated
  • Admission to sites listed
  • Domestic airfare within Africa
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