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Hardly ever Ségou is listed in a traveler's top 3 when preparing for a trip to Mali. During the journey the city and its surroundings turn out to be a pleasant surprise for many.
Located on the Niger river bank Ségou is known for its relaxed atmosphere. A perfect place to re-energize, to let sink in the travel experiences and to get to know life on the riverside and in the surrounding villages.
Surely we know our home town well. Not only the well known places, listed in the guidebooks, but also the hidden gems, where tourists are rarely seen. Whether you will be visiting Ségou for half a day, a couple of days or several weeks, we are looking forward to create your itinerary and get Ségou in your top 3!
Some of the possibilities:
- city walks
- craft workshops
- tours by bike, moped, car or boat (on the Niger river) with village visits
- Segoukoro - the 'old Ségou'
- boat trips on the Niger river
- home stays
- birding with a local birder
Learning about the rich tradition of Dogon Country? A professionel guide makes the difference between a nice visit and a special experience!
Dogon Country is a unique part of Mali, where time seems to have stood still. Life is lived on the rhythm of the seasons, days and nights. Electricity and running water are not yet available in the villages. Beautiful mud mosques, typical Dogon style granaries, centuries-old cliff houses in the Bandiagara Escarpment, a very special atmosphere, a rich history, evenings underneath a starry heaven and the melodious greetings of the Dogon people are amongst the ingredients of a trip through Dogon Country.
Circuits can be made of a few days up to several weeks. Along the way the nights will be spent (on the roofs) of campments and in tents when traveling of the beaten tourist tracks.
Dogon Country can be visited by car as well as by feet. Depending on the means of transport, the desired level of comfort and time available a circuit will be proposed.
Travel though a part of Mali that's hardly been discovered by tourists? Give Pays Manding a chance to surprise you!
The area South of Bamako and Ségou offers great opportunities for a trip of several days. Village and city visits, a relaxing stay at a reservoir, hiking and biking are possible.
From the water side you'll experience Mali in a different way. The Bani and Niger rivers are excellent for one or multiple day river trips par pinasse - wooden boats. The crew will take care of the meals, the guide will show you around riverside villages and nights will be spent on the shores. The boat is an excellent place to relax, while floating through the landscape. Birders can indulge themselves searching for varieties of water birds.
- Ségou: sunset trip on the river: 1 - 1.5 hours
- Ségou: visit to a Bozo village / Bozo nomadic settlement: 1 - 1.5 hours
- Ségou: visit to pottery village Kalabougou: 3 hours
- Ségou: visit to pottery village Farako: 5 hours
- Ségou - Markala v.v.: 1 day
- Ségou - Segoukoro - Kalabougou - Bozo village - Ségou: 1 day
- Bamako (Koulikoro) - Ségou: 3 days
- Ségou - Mopti: 3 days
- Mopti - Timbuktu: 3 days
- Mopti - Lac Débo - Mopti: 2 days
- Djenné - Mopti: 1 or multiple days
Together with our local guides and contacts we put a lot of effort in getting the dates of local festivals and activities, such as the annual plastering of the mosque in Djenné and the Great Cattle crossing. Such typical local events, which often have a long history, offer travelers a unique insight in local culture. With the dates often be set on short terms by the village elders, the local character of the events is guaranteed.
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