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1 - Mali festival masks puppets
2 - Mali festival puppet mask Markala
3 - Mali pinasse River Niger camping
4 - Mali pinasse Niger river swimming
5 - Mali festival Markala mask puppet Fesmamas


Mali the Malian way
Boat trip to Markala's puppet and mask festival


day 1

Leave Ségou in the morning by pinasse to travel downstream to Markala. Along the way one or two villages are visited, allowing you to get an impression of every day life in the riverside villages.
Lunch - prepared by the crew - is eaten along the way and arrival in Markala is expected around 2pm. A stroll through town takes you to the festival grounds, where - if all goes according to plan - the afternoon activities are about to start. While you enjoy the festival, camp will be set up by the crew and dinner will be ready by the time the afternoon activities have come to an end. In the evening more masks and puppets will enter the festival ground.
The night is spent camping in Markala.

day 2
After breakfast explore Markala and its barrage - if you haven’t yet done so yesterday - before getting back on board of the pinasse for the journey back to Ségou. Enjoy the quiet surroundings after yesterday’s bustle.
Arrival in Ségou is expected at 2pm. Visit villages along the way and / or enjoy a refreshing swim in the river.



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In short

Day 1: Ségou-Markala
Day 2: Markala-Ségou
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adult: 55,000 FCFA p.p.
child 2-12 yrs: 35,000 FCFA p.p.
baby 0-1 yrs: free of charge


4-5 March 2017
Also available as a tailor-made journey.
Individual extensions possible.


Transport by pinasse, English & French spoken guide, all costs related to the activities - including tourist taxes and tokens of respect to village chiefs and elders, use of tents & matrasses, full board (2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast) and filtered water.
Life vests available for adults, children and babies.


Transport to and from Ségou, personal insurances, accommodation in Ségou, other drinks, souvenirs, 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.


We travel partly by public transport (bus) and partly by minibus and pinasse arranged for our group.



group size

6 - 12 people

comfort level
of the journey

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

practical information

For (practical) information on Mali click here.
Practical information and a baggage checklist is provided upon booking.