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1 - Mali - Dogon - masks.
2 - Mali - Dogon granary.
3 - Mali - Segou - Festival sur le Niger
4 - Mali - Siby Arch de Kadmajan
5 - Mali - Niger river trip

Round-trip Mali
with Festival sur le Niger
On the rhythm of the drums

15-day round-trip, small-scale group journey 

Spend the night under the star-spangled sky in Dogon Country, enjoy masks dancing on the rhythm of the sacred drums, see the crème de la crème of the Malian music scene perform and explore African culture, experience Mali from the Niger river and get an impression of daily life.



This round-trip through Mali takes you along the highlights in the southern regions of the country and off the beaten tourist tracks, while connecting with the local people, their daily lives and their culture. You visit the ancient town of Djenné, known for its mud-culture, hike through mysterious Dogon Country, attend the famous music Festival sur le Niger and take a multiple day trip on the Niger river. Be immersed in Mali’s rich culture, meet the local people and get an insight in their daily lives.
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In short

Day 1: (late) arrival in Bamako
Day 2: Bamako-Djenné
Day 3: Djenné & surroundings
Day 4: Djenné-Dogon Country
Day 5-6: Dogon Country
Day 7: Dogon Country-Ségou
Day 8-10: Ségou & festival
Day 11-13: boat trip Ségou-Koulikoro
Day 14: Koulikoro-Siby
Day 15: Siby-Bamako-departure
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€ --- per person
single supplement € ---


Awaiting 2022 Festival Dates

Individual extensions possible.
Available as a tailor-made journey.


All accommodations (12 in hotels and B&B's, 4 in basic encampments and 2 in tents) and breakfasts, full board in Dogon Country and during the pinasse trip, English and French spoken travel guides, all costs related to excursions and transport as mentioned in the itinerary, ticket Festival sur le Niger or costs related to Ségou'Art, airport transfers and tourist taxes.  


(Air) fare to Bamako v.v., visa, vaccinations, personal insurances (such as travel, health and calcellation), drinks, other meals, souvenirs, personal expenses, upgrade of accommodation and/or transport, optional side trips and activities on days off.

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

4-8 people


A combination of private and public transport. Private transport is used for the stretches Djenné - Dogon Country, Dogon Country - Sévaré and from Koulikoro via Siby to Bamako.


Rooms (where possible with fan) and tents based on double occupancy. During this journey nights will be spent in hotels, B&B's and in basic facilities such as camps (Dogon Country) and tents (pinasse trip).
The single supplement gives the right to a single room & tent. Based upon availability.

comfort level of the journey

A good shape and flexible attitude are required for this journey, in which facilities will be simple in Dogon Country and during the Niger river trip. Also there will be some long days on the road.

practical information

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