First of the very all, a BIGGGGGG Thank You to Papillon Reizen for bringing us such an exotic trip in Dogon Country (no cliche!). We really had a great time (though I was a bit feeling unwell) - a truly amazing experience especially for us who are doing the first-time Africa!
And secondly, we would like to thank Ibrahim once again - not only that he is professional and knowlegeable, but he had been being a very responsible guide taking care of us.
Last but not least, Mali is such a great country that requires more good guides like Ibrahim to bring traveller experience to a higher level. And it deserves a better worldwide regconition as a starred travel destination too. As a way to help we will be spreading the good words about Mali (and of course Papillon Reizen) amongst the Hong Kong travel community.
Keep up the good work! Monique and Ibrahim! You guys rock!
Isaac & Mars - Hong Kong
Thanks a lot to Ibrahim, from now on we will call him the best tourist guide in the world. He has been both a friend and a great professional during this trip around Mali. We will always keep these wonderful days and him in our heart. We will strongly recommend our acquaitances in Mali to go with you for this worth while visit!
Miriam Garcia, Spain
We have enjoyed our journey through Burkina Faso and are looking forward to do it all over again. Two weeks isn't too long and it isn't too short either.
We have seen a lot, nice travel pace and professional companions. Ibrahim and Inno were truly an addition to the party.
Eric and Jelle Kamsma - The Netherlands
Mali and surrounding countries are stunning places to visit - safe, heart-warming and beautiful. And there are no better people to take you there than the team of Papillon Reizen. Got to do it!
Catherine Campbell, Australia
We toured Mali for two weeks in January this year (2014). We organised a tailor made private tour with Ibrahim Kassogue of Papillon Reizen tour company ( http://www.papillonreizen.com) a company run by Ibrahim and his Dutch partner Monique. They can tailor make a tour to suit your interests - Dogon trekking, pinasse and camping trips, visiting villages, etc etc. You get in touch with them and they sort out a tour which meets your needs and they give you a quote. Our tour included a mix of public transport, hotels, private cars, a pinasse trip down the Niger river and camping. Breakfasts were usually included. Ibrahim even got tickets for an inhouse concert by the renowned Malian singer, Oumou Sangere!! It was a great way to see Mali. We really enjoyed it. Ibrahim showed us a lot of Malian life we would have not accessed or experienced by ourselves. We loved going to villages and meeting people, especially the children. We felt very very safe the whole time we were in Mali, despite the recent problems and the over the top travel warnings. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Jan & Evan, Sydney - Australia
I would do a journey like that again. It can’t be any more easy. You ask a question. Papillon comes with a proposal. The price is set. You pay and you have a journey entirely tailored to your wishes. It just can’t be easier. Many thanks to the entire team, who worked it out on high-quality.
Lukas Ervijn – België
29 December 2013
Such a peaceful oasis this is in stormy Africa with its variety of people, smells, colours and mud. Awesome to wake up with the sounds of passing fisher boats and sand pirogues. Thank you, for the with lots of attention and love for Mali organized trip.
Good luck with Papillon. Please stay the butterfly that you are, and it will without a doubt become a beautiful company.
Karin in ’t Hout
Gouda, The Netherlands
22 July 2011
You're warmly welcomed, wherever you are. Especially most children love to touch a white skin and sometimes walk hand in hand with you for quite some time.
Especially Ségou, for me, is a good mix of Malian culture, day trips and a comfortable accommodation with Monique at the riverside.
Robbert, The Netherlands
22 July 2011
Thank you for your large contribution to my unforgettable trip through Mali! I’ve enjoyed the beautiful buildings, the colorful markets, the stunning nature, the impressive elephants and the delicious food to the fullest. And most of all I have enjoyed the warm, spontaneous, lovely people I have met everywhere. It’s because of them and you that Mali has taken a special place in my heart.
23 April 2011
I found your place accidently on-line, a day after you posted your custom-made portion to the website. All the stars must have been aligned that day because everything worked out perfectly! It was such a pleasure to have a warm and friendly voice call and answer a last-minute tourist’s questions and assuring everything would work out. I really enjoyed the bus ride and getting to see a different side of Malian life in Ségou, that you cannot see in Bamako. You and your friends (Amadou, Ibrahim and both Baba’s) and everyone else I met at your lovely little hidden treasure made me appreciate Mali and the universal kindness and understanding that individuals from different countries and on different journeys can demonstrate to each other. If I come back to Mali I will surely return and will send anyone who comes here your way. Ségou was an amazing and much needed rescue from my working days in Bamako. Best of luck!
Emy Montiel, Washington DC
March 13, 2011
Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality. Your place is indeed a small haven of peace & tranquility and I have loved spending time by the river and sleeping under the stars.
Thanks too to Amadou & Segou for looking after us so well & also to Ibrahim, the perfect guide.
A lovely end to our stay in Mali.
9 February 2011
Monique’s place really is a little piece of heaven – the view of Djoliba from the terrace is to die for! Such a tranquil place (& the neighbourhood is extremely funky) – fresh papaya from the garden – the fishermen on the river, & Monique (& Amadou) are the perfect hosts – one could not ask for more. A highlight of our trip.
Hugh – London
9 February 2011
Tack för ett fint rum, fredig atmosfär & toppen personal!!
Nina & William, Sweden & Colombia
7 February 2011
What a pleasure it was to spend a week at Monique’s house. After the hustle and the bustle of the festival, it was wonderful to sleep under the stars and fell asleep listening to the gentle lap of the water and the soft calling of the creatures of the night. The shade of the tranquil courtyard is a haven of peace. Monique, Amadou and Secou were wonderful hosts who went out of their way to make our stay an absolute joy. Many thanks to you all & I will see you again. X
Marina – London
7 February 2011
Thanks for a wonderful stay - relaxed, non pressured, comfortable, under the stars – what a dreamhouse! Will definitely be back!
6 February 2011
A beautiful journey through Mali with an immersion in Dogon Country. Enriched by many experiences we could recover in your own delightful little paradise. You and Ibrahim gave us a fantastic time in Mali.
Thank you for all of this, hopefully we will meet again.
We will need the time to come to process all impressions.
Pietje & Geny, The Netherlands
31 January 2011
How great it is to be opening this book on this magical beautiful place in Mali! Thank you for your loving care and a wonderful stay! I hope to return here some day.
Mirjam, Den Haag (Scheveningen), The Netherlands
1 January 2011
Thank you for the loving care, the delicious food, the warm welcome and the cosiness!!
Annet Andres, Ede – The Netherlands
1 January 2011
In the middle of nowhere, there is a wonderful hostess and friend Monique, who made all the difference for the rest of our stay in Mali. We were her first guests at the guesthouse and we spent a fantastic evening in the lovely courtyard.
Thank you Monique for your generous hospitality.
Greta Isac, Vancouver, Canada
1 January 2011