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Traveling independently through Mali and looking for some help to arrange parts of your journey?
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Hardly ever Ségou is listed in a traveler's top 3 when preparing for a trip to Mali. During the journey the city and its surroundings turn out to be a pleasant surprise for many.

Located on the Niger river bank Ségou is known for its relaxed atmosphere. A perfect place to re-energize, to let sink in the travel experiences and to get to know life on the riverside and in the surrounding villages.

Surely we know our home town well. Not only the well known places, listed in the guidebooks, but also the hidden gems, where tourists are rarely seen. Whether you will be visiting Ségou for half a day, a couple of days or several weeks, we are looking forward to create your itinerary and get Ségou in your top 3!

Tips & ideas:
- (city) walks: along the river quay, through the Somono neighborhood or the colonial neighborhood
- craft & music workshops: bogolan, dancing, djembe or ngoni for instance
- a day-trip dedicated to the fascinating Malian textiles
- tours by bike, moped, car or boat (on the Niger river) with village visits
- visit carpet knotting women's association Nieleni
- pottery village visits: Kalabougou or Farako
- Segoukoro - the 'old Ségou'
- visit to a calabash village or two calabash villages, each with their own specialty
- visit to the horse races
- boat trips on the Niger river (listed below)
- home stays
- go birding with a local birder or hippo spotting
- visit a millet beer brewery


Dogon Country

Learning about the rich tradition of Dogon Country? A professionel guide makes the difference between a nice visit and a special experience!

Dogon Country is a unique part of Mali, where time seems to have stood still. Life is lived on the rhythm of the seasons, days and nights. Electricity and running water are not yet available in the villages. Beautiful mud mosques, typical Dogon style granaries, centuries-old cliff houses in the Bandiagara Escarpment, a special atmosphere, a rich history, evenings underneath a starry heaven, mask dances and the melodious greetings of the Dogon people are the possible ingredients of a trip through Dogon Country,

Circuits can be made of a few days up to several weeks. Along the way the nights are spent (on the roofs) of campments and in tents when traveling of the beaten tourist tracks.

Dogon Country can be visited by car as well as on foot. Depending on the means of transport, the desired level of comfort and time available a circuit will be proposed.

Sample itineraries:
- 1-day trip by car
- 1-day trip by motor
- 1-day hike South
- 2-day hike South
- 2 day hike South and Off the beaten tracks
- 3-day hike South
- 3 day hike South and Off the beaten tracks
- 4-day hike North
- 4-day hike South
- 5-day hike North
- 5-day hike Off the beaten tracks
- 5-day hike South
- 7-day hike North
- 7-day hike Off the beaten tracks


Its centuries old mud culture resulted in Djenné being listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Grande Mosquée in the town center is the world's largest mud structure. Strolling Djenné's streets and alleys gives a good impression of the traditional style of construction and the Sudanese influences.
Both the town and its surroundings are worth a visit. The villages near Djenné offer the chance to learn about daily life and the rich culture of several population groups.
- half-day visit Djenné old town
- 1-day trip Djenné and surroundings



The Venice of Mali thanks its nickname to the unique position on the junction of the Bani and Niger rivers. In the bustling harbor it is a coming and going of fully loaded river boats, locally called pirogues and pinasses. The boats transfer goods and people to and from the fabled desert city of Timbuktu.
The harbor is a good starting point for a river trip. Enjoy the sunset and get an impression of the nomadic settlements of the fishermen. Explore the women's market in town and visit the museum for adobe architecture.
- half-day visit Mopti

Manding country

Manding country, also known as Mandé country, is an area near Bamako. This part of Mali, where Siby is one of the best-known places, is still little visited by tourists.
Anyone who has visited Dogon country, will - when visiting Manding country - not be surprised to hear that the Dogon originate from this area.
Set out on a trip by car or explore the area on foot. Together with our local guides we have created hiking trails. You are introduced to the nature and to village life. On mulitple day hikes the nights are spent camping in rural villages or in nature.
- 1-day hike Manding country
- 1-day trip Siby and surroundings from Bamako
- 1-day trip Siby and surroundings with falls - from Bamako
- 2-day hike Manding country
- 2-day hike Manding country 'Adama'
- 7-day Manding country trip


South Mali

Travel though a part of Mali that's hardly been discovered by tourists? Give Manding country, Sikasso and Koulikoro the chance to surprise you!

The area around Bamako and South of Ségou offers great opportunities for a trip of several days. Village and city visits, a relaxing stay at a reservoir, hiking and biking are amongst the possibilities.

In and around Koulikoro:
- visit Faramissiri and the Squatted Camel
- when water levels in the river are low the opportunity arises to learn about the fascinating Faro Ting
- 1-day trip Koulikoro from Bamako

In and around Bamako:
- visit Nandi farm
- visit Kledu farm, specialized in ostriches
- go take a look at the Kati cattle market
- 1-day trip Bamako
- 1-day trip Koulikoro from Bamako
- 1-day trip Sélingué from Bamako
- 1-day trip Siby and surroundings from Bamako
- 1-day trip Siby and surroundings with falls - from Bamako

In and around Sélingué:
- 1-day trip Sélingué from Bamako

River trips

From the water side Mali is experienced in a different way. The Bani and Niger rivers are excellent for river trips par pinasse (a traditionally built wooden boat). The crew takes care of the meals, the guide shows you around riverside villages and nights are spent on the shores. The boat is an excellent place to relax, while floating through the landscape. Birders can indulge themselves searching for varieties of water birds.

Short trips:
- Ségou: (sunset) trip on the river (man-powered): 1 hour
- Ségou: (sunset) trip on the river: 1 - 1.5 hours
- Ségou: visit to a Bozo village / Bozo nomadic settlement: 1 - 1.5 hours
- Ségou: visit to pottery village Kalabougou: 3 hours
- Ségou: hippo spotting: ca. 3 hours
- Ségou: birding: ca. 2.5 hours
- Ségou: visit to pottery village Kalabougou & a fishing village: 3.5 to 4 hours
- Ségou: visit to the historical village Segoukoro: 4 hours
- Ségou: visit to Segoukoro & a fishing village: 4.5 to 5 hours
- Ségou: visit to pottery village Farako: 5 hours
- supplement: add lunch to the trip of your choice

Day trips:
- Ségou - Markala v.v.: 1 day
- Ségou - Segoukoro - Kalabougou - Bozo village - Ségou: 1 day

Multiple day & camping trips:
- visit to a fishing village & camping on an isle: 1 night
- Segoukoro - Farako & camping: 2 days
- Markala & camping: 2 days
- Kalabougou - Bozo - seach for hippos: 2 days
- Koulikoro - Ségou (or Ségou - Koulikoro): 3 days (or as a 2 or 4-day trip)
- Ségou - Mopti (or Mopti - Ségou): 3 days
- Mopti - Timbuktu: 3 days
- Mopti - Lac Débo - Mopti: 2 days
- Djenné - Mopti: 1 or multiple days

Local festivals & activities

Together with our local guides and contacts we put a lot of effort in getting the dates of local festivals and activities, such as the annual plastering of the mosque in Djenné, boat races on the river near Macina, the annual collective fishing event Sanké Mô in San, the mask and puppet festival in Markala and the Great Cattle crossing. Such typical local events, which often have a long history, offer travelers a unique insight into local culture. With the dates often being set on short terms by the village elders, the local character of the events is guaranteed.

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