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1 - Mali pinasse Diafarabé
2 - Mali cattle crossing Diafarabé
3 - Mali pinasse River Niger
4 - Mali rondreis
5 - Mali roundtrip

Mali the Malian way
The Great Cattle Crossing - Yaaral

3-day boat trip, small-scale group journey 


Sticks crack on the water, sounds and screams fill the air; massive numbers of cows are being urged by their herders. The other side of the Niger river, near the village of Diafarabé is the destination. Unwilling the cows try to return to the river bank, to be on dry land, but it’s inevitable, they will have to swim!
The Niger river near the Fulani village of Diafarabé bristles with cows. The Great Crossing is the day’s theme. Young herders battle for the title of ‘herdsman of the year’. The winner is assured of everlasting glory and the undivided attention of the marriageable girls. Reasons enough for the young men to show their best and guide their cows to the other river bank, fast and safe!


On this three day journey we take you on board of our pinasse to travel the Niger river from Ségou to Diafarabé and back to Ségou. While the Great Cattle Crossing is the occasion and main event of this trip, we also grab the chance to introduce you to daily life in the villages on the river shores, show you some interesting places along the way and make sure you’ll have a great time camping, enjoying the nights around the campfire under the star-spangled sky.

You’re about take part in a truly unique event, that’ll make you connect with the local people, while getting to know an aspect of the Fulani culture.

We’re looking forward to take you on a journey to remember!

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in short

Day 1: Ségou-pinasse
Day 2: Diafarabé-pinasse
Day 3: pinasse-Ségou
Book this trip


adult: 120,000 FCFA
child 2-12 yrs: 75,000 FCFA
baby 0-1 yrs: free of charge
all prices listed are per person


25-27 November 2016


Transport by pinasse, all meals, use of tents and matrasses, English and French spoken travel guide, all excursions and transport as mentioned in the itinerary and tourist taxes.
Life vests available for babies, children and adults.


Transport to and from Ségou, personal insurances, accommodations in Ségou, drinks, tips, 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.


By private pinasse



group size

maximum 8 people
minimum 6 people

comfort level
of the journey

A good shape and flexible attitude are required for this journey, in which the nights will be spent in tents and (sanitairy) facilities are simple.

practical information

For (practical) information on Mali click here.
Additional information for this trip will be provided upon booking.