Especially adapted for the first time in Mali, this circuit brings together the main strengths of the destination. Time established in Dogon country is indicative, however, and depends on the rhythm of each...It is advisable to learn before you leave on the level of security of the areas visited. Indeed, some may present risks.
Stroll through the heart of the districts to gently dive into local entertainment. Night in Bamako.
A city renowned for its neo-Sudanese colonial architecture; it is here that the most beautiful pottery in Mali is made. We will take advantage of this stopover to visit the pottery market and the banks of the Niger.
Departure in the morning for Mopti. Take a lunch break in San, the capital of Bobo. Arrival in Mopti (or Sévaré) scheduled for late afternoon, a privileged time to find a room and take your bearings.
Mandatory stop in Songho, a superb village 15 km from Bandiagara. You can admire a toguna (palaver hut), attics and surprising rock paintings. You will then head towards Begnemato, where you will spend the night.
Walk to the village of Dourou, then descent the cliff late in the afternoon. Night in Nombori.
Continuation of the walking tour to the village of Tiréli, famous for its mask outings. Night in Tiréli.
Visit of the Camans in Amani and departure for Iréli, a beautiful village hung on the cliff wall. The opportunity to seize the entire grip of Dogon cosmogony. Night in Iréli.
Climbing the cliff at Banani and arriving in Sangha (1 hour/1 hour 30 minutes). Return to Mopti scheduled for early afternoon. Canoe trip (2 hours) on the confluence of the Bani and Niger rivers, to discover the Bozo and Tuareg campsites. Night in Mopti.
Visit of the mosque and the superb Sudano-Moroccan style multi-storey houses. If you have time, take a trip to the village of Senossa in the vicinity of the city.
In the evening, take a look at one of the many maquis in the city.
In particular, visit the recently renovated National Museum. Take advantage of this day to make your last purchases at the craft market.
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