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1 - Traditional fishing in Mali
2 - Sunset on the Niger river in Mali
3 - View from the Niger river in Mali
4 -Mali pinasse Niger River.
5 - Mali pinasse Niger river swim.
6 - Mali pinasse Segou-Koulikoro

Experience Mali from the Niger river

3-day trip by pinasse Ségou-Koulikoro

Sail the Niger river between Ségou and Koulikoro for the ‘road’ less travelled. Traveling by boat you experience Mali in a different way. It’s not only the different perspective and surroundings that make for a unique experience. The quiet pace adds to the feeling of having entered a different world. During this three-day trip the landscape changes from flat in the surroundings of Ségou to hilly in Koulikoro and its surroundings. A stretch of less than 200 kilometres offers a multitude of impressions and experiences.


In times past explorers suffered hardship setting out on trips to explore the river. The 21st century offers the chance to sail the Niger river by comfortable pinasse.
You see the Bozo fishermen in their traditional pirogues and wading through the water with their nets.
The Bozo and Bambara are the main population groups in this part of the country. Small Fulani settlements and herds will be seen on the riverbanks as well.
Sand and gravel fishermen and villages along the way are visited to get an impression of daily life and to meet the people. There are lovely mosques to be seen and colourful markets to visit.
Bird lovers will enjoy watching the birds, living in the vegetation on the shores.

The crew prepares the meals with the catch of the day and local products. The guide explains about the history of the Niger river, the country and the culture.
Go for a swim and camp on the isles and shores with evenings under the star-spangled sky, sharing stories around the campfire.
Enjoy quality time with friends, family and fellow-travelers.

Travelers' experiences:

We had such a great trip! Ibrahim was a fantastic guide, patient with the kids, and an overall cool gentleman. The rest of the crew were helpful and kind as well. I would highly recommend your company to others.
Kourtney Wessels & family, September 2015

Looking forward to welcome you on board for a journey to remember!

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In short

Route A

Day 1: Ségou - Niger river
Day 2: Niger river
Day 3: Niger river - Koulikoro


Route B

Day 1: Koulikoro - Niger river
Day 2: Niger river
Day 3: Niger river - Ségou
Book this trip


3-day trip
125,000 FCFA / €195 per adult
90,000 FCFA / €140 per child (2-12 yrs.)
babies (0-1) free of charge

2-day trip
90,000 FCFA / €140 per adult
65,000 FCFA / €100 per child (2-12 yrs.)
babies (0-1) free of charge


A: 5-7 February 2019 GD
B: 8-10 February 2019 GD

No dates for group trips listed? Feel free to contact us for tailor-made options.

GD = guaranteed departure
Individual extensions possible.
Available as a Tailor-made journey.


Transport by pinasse, guide, entry fees, tourist taxes, kola nuts & tokens of respect to village chiefs and elders, use of tents and matrasses, full board, filtered water, Malian tea, Nescafé and Lipton tea. 
Life vests available for adults, children and babies.


Transport to the start and from the end of the trip, personal insurances (such as travel, cancellation and medical), accommodation in Ségou and Koulikoro, other drinks, tips, souvenirs and personal expenses.

responsible travel

Papillon Reizen values taking her responsibility. That is why we pay a fair price for goods and services. Besides all our activities contribute to the Papillon funds.

group size

6-12 people


By pinasse.


Tents & matrasses provided.

comfort level of the journey

A good shape and flexible attitude are required for this journey, in which facilities are simple.

practical information

After booking a confirmation email with practical information and a baggage checklist will be sent to you.
A summery of information on Mali is availabe on our website.