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1 - Mali round-trip River Niger
2 - Mali round-trip River Niger
3 - Mali round-trip Dogon Country
4 - Mali Dogon Country
5 - Mali round-trip Dogon Country

Mali Summer journey 

14-day round-trip Mali, small-scale group journey 

Butterflies creep from their cocoons, dragonflies sore the water, the red bishop exchanges it´s brown feathers for a bright red and black feather coat and the Malian people heave a sigh of relief when in June the fertile refreshing rains start to fall. The hot season has come to an end, grasses and bushes sprout, all around farmers are working the land and soon the soil is covered with a fresh green layer, which changes the landscape entirely.



The Mali Summer journey is a combination of our favorite time of year in Mali and a selection of our favorite destinations and activities: a trekking through Dogon Country, a trip by pinasse on the River Niger and visits to Djenné and Ségou. We take you off the beaten tracks, connect with the local people and have you experience a green Mali. And besides of having the chance to see lots, there will be time and space to experience, enjoy and relax.


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* If we cannot visit Dogon country due to the security situation in the region, this trip will be run with an adapted itinerary. Please contact us for more information about the so-called Plan B.

World heritage city Djenné, located on an isle in the river Bani, counts about 24,000 inhabitants and is mentioned as one of Africa’s oldest cities. It’s the mud culture, which gives Djenné its unequalled character. Djenné’s Great Mosque is the world’s largest mud structure and a delight to look at. The mosque, the colorful, lively week market and the buildings with doors and windows with Moroccan / Moorish influences are for many a highlight of the visit to Djenné. For the Dutch Djenné came alive through Ton van der Lee, who described his experiences in Djenné and the building of his ‘Sandcastle’ in the equally named book.


Dogon Country
Mali’s Dogon truly is a country in a country. The landscape, architecture, granaries and cliff houses, its unique position at the ‘falaise’, the holy places and historical caves give it its special atmosphere. From Kani Bonzo, the first Dogon village, new villages have been founded over the centuries, leading to an area that stretches over a length of more than 150 kilometers. Before the Dogon people settled here, it’s said in Dogon tradition that there were the Tellem and the Pygmies.
The cliff houses are no more in use. The villages have been relocated to lower terrain, for practical reasons such as the proximity of water resources and farm land. Electricity and running water are still exceptions in Dogon Country; life is being lived with the rhythm of the seasons, the moon phases and the light of the sun.


Till the beginning of the 19th century, Ségou was the capital of the important Bambara kingdom. Up till to today the remains of these times are visible. Nowadays Ségou, with over 100,000 inhabitants, is known for its position on the River Niger, its annual music festival ‘Festival sur le Niger’ and Maryse Condé’s books. Its position at the Niger makes it a perfect place for excursions by pirogue or pinasse to nearby villages, such as Segoukoro.

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In short

Day 1: arrival in Bamako
Day 2: Bamako-Ségou
Day 3: Ségou-Mopti
Day 4: Mopti-Dogon Country
Day 5-6: Dogon Country
Day 7: Dogon Country -Djenné
Day 8: Djenné
Day 9: Djenné-Ségou
Day 10: Ségou
Day 11-13 pinasse Ségou-Koulikoro
Day 14: Koulikoro-Bamako-departure
Day 15: home coming
Book this trip


€ 1,650 per person
single supplement € 195


18-31 July 2021

individual extensions possible
also available as a tailor-made journey


All accommodations (in hotels, B&B’s, tents and basic camps), all meals, use of tents, English and French spoken travel guide and local guides, all costs related to the activities mentioned in the itinerary, all transport related to the itinerary, luggage transport (one bag per person) for the trekking in Dogon Country, airport transfers, tourist taxes and entree fees.


(Air) fare to Mali v.v., visa, vaccinations, personal insurances (such as travel, cancellation and health), drinks, additional meals, souvenirs, personal expenses, upgrade of room 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 to 8 people


Combination of public transport and transport arranged for the group.


Rooms with fan, and tents based on double occupancy. Tents and matrasses are provided during the trip by pinasse. Rooftop sleeping in camps in Dogon Country.
Note: twin rooms cannot be guaranteed. If single beds are preferred, we recommend opting for the single supplement
The single supplement gives you the right of single use of rooms and tent. Depending on availability.

comfort level of the journey

A good shape is required for the hike through Dogon Country. The trekking leads over sand and rocky surface, and more than once several hundreds of meters are being descended or climbed along the cliff walls. The distances between the villages vary from 4 till 12 kilometers. The mornings and late afternoons are being used for the hikes, the warmer hours of the day for lunch and rest.
An open mind and a flexible and adventurous attitude are required for this journey, in which facilities are simple in Dogon Country and during the trip by pinasse.

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 available on this website.