The old town of Djenné is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and well-known for its mud culture. Walking through the little alleys, you find yourself surrounded by mud-built structures with Moorish influences. In the centre of Djenné the Grande Mosquée, the world’s largest mud-built structure proudly stands. The square in front of the mosque - home to the Monday market - looks like a mud pool.
Groups of boys, divided in teams per neighborhood, arrive running. The baskets on their heads are filled with mud from the river. The sounds of the drums and the encouragements of their captain uplift the spirits. Girls arrive with buckets of water, giggling and talking. Mud is flying through the air. During the annual plastering a lot is allowed, including entering the mosque, mud fights and flirting.
The plastering of the Grande Mosquée is a masterpiece of teamwork with the entire town involved.
Take part in a truly unique event, that makes you connect with the local people and their culture!
from 49,500 FCFA
depending on length of the stay and hotel chosen
annual, weekend in March, April or May
take a look in the travel calendar for dates
Accommodation, breakfast, English (and French) spoken local guides, all costs related to the activities including tourist taxes and tokens of respect to the village chief & elders, a fair price for products and services, support of the Papillon emergency fund and the Papillon project fund.
Transport to and from Djenné, personal insurances (such as travel and cancellation insurance), drinks, other meals, souvenirs, personal expenses.
Catered to your needs.
Hotel and room type to your choice.
maximum 8 people
A good shape and flexible attitude are required to take part in the activities.
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After booking a confirmation email with extensive travel information, practical information and a baggage checklist will be sent to you.