Travel to Mali – Timbuktu, Niger River and Dogon Villages

A stable country of famous historic empires and seemingly endless deserts, Mali is one of West Africa’s most fascinating destinations. A land of contrasts, from the arid inhospitable deserts of the north to the green and tree-lined savannahs of the south, Mali offers a wealth of sites for adventure travellers. Despite its size, the highlights of Mali can be visited in just a couple of weeks on an organised tour.

For 1,700 km the Niger River is the lifeblood of Mali, providing water, irrigation and a green belt of land for agriculture. It also offers travellers the chance to explore the country by river, visiting fascinating villages and towns which rely on fish and passing river trade for their livelihoods. At Djenné, a mud mosque, the largest of its type in the world, was declared by UNESCO to be a birthplace of humanity.

Near the Burkina Faso border rises the remarkable Dogon region of Falaise de Bandiagara. The Dogon are a fascinating people whose ancient traditions have been unaltered by time. Intrepid travellers can set out on foot and explore the area over a few days on a Dogon trek. The holy grail for many travellers to Mali is Timbuktu, a mysterious city once coveted by 19th century European explorers.

  • Take a motorised pinasse cruise along the Niger River to the fabled Saharan town of Timbuktu.
  • Marvel at the mud mosque at Djenne, one of the most impressive earth-built structures in Africa.
  • Spend a few days exploring Mopti, a fascinating town on the banks of the Niger River.
  • Take a trek into the heart of Dogon country and encounter a unique Malian tribal culture.
  • For a real adventure, take the train from Bamako to Dakar in Senegal, maybe you’ll arrive one day!


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