Mali - Dogonföld és Segou Fesztivál


Spend the night under the star-spangled sky in Dogon Country, enjoy masks dancing on the rhythm of the sacred drums, explore African art, experience Mali from the Niger river and get an impression of daily life.

This round-trip through Mali takes you along the highlights in the southern regions of the country and off the beaten tourist tracks, while connecting with the local people, their daily lives and their culture. You visit the ancient town of Djenné, known for its mud-culture, hike through mysterious Dogon Country, attend the famous music Festival sur le Niger and make a multiple day trip on the Niger river. You’re immersed in Malian’s rich culture, meet the local people and get an insight in their daily lives.
Welcome to Mali!

Dogonföld és Segou Fesztivál:

Day 1:

(late) arrival in Bamako

Day 2:


Day 3:

Djenné & surroundings

Day 4:

Djenné-Dogon Country

Day 5

Dogon Country

Day 6:

Dogon Country

Day 7:

Dogon Country-Ségou

Day 8:

Ségou & Ségou’Art

Day 9:

Ségou & Ségou’Art

Day 10:

Ségou & Ségou’Art

Day 11:

Ségou-Niger river trip

Day 12:

Niger river trip

Day 13:

Niger river trip-Koulikoro

Day 14:


Day 15:


Day to day

day 1 - Late arrival at Bamako
The day is dedicated to the journey to Mali. Arrival time at Bamako airport depending on the airline chosen. The warmth of the African continent welcomes you. After the necessary customs formalities, the guide takes care of the transfer to the accommodation.

day 2 - Bamako- Djenne
An early start of the day to travel to the capital of mud: Djenné. Today’s travel is by public transport instantly immersing you in daily life. The journey of about 550ks provides time to connect with your fellow-travelers and the guide, while enjoying the first impression of Mali’s towns, villages, daily life and Savannah landscapes. Lunch is eaten en route. With a bit of luck there’s a direct bus to Djenné. If not the remaining distance from the Djenné Crossing is covered by bush taxi. After having crossed the river by ferry, you arrive to Djenné, which built on an island in the Bani river. The old town of Djenné is one of Mali’s four UNESCO world heritage sites. It is famous for its mud-culture & architecture with Moorish influences. Eye catcher is the world’s largest mud-built structure: Djenné’s Grande Mosquée.
Depending on the time of arrival a short city walk is done in the late afternoon.

day 3 - Djenne and Surroundings
On Mondays Djenné turns into a bustling town. Villagers arrive on horse carts, by boat, on foot and in/on packed trucks and minibuses. It’s market day and soon the square in front of the mosque turns into a colorful market scene, where all the region’s produce is for sale. Your guide takes you on a market tour today.
While the market is being built up, we go for a walk through Djenné’s little alleys, along the town’s architecture. The guide explains about the history of the town and the landmarks. Djenné’s museum (if reopened), its sacred well, Tapama’s tomb and a manuscript library are visited.
After lunch we’re taken on a horse cart tour through the Djenné surroundings to visit several villages. The area around Djenné is mainly inhabited by Fulani, the herders, Bozo, the fishermen and Bambara, the farmers. The village visits provide an insight in daily life & culture of the different ethnic groups.

day 4 - Djenne and Dogon Country
Around 9am we travel to the ferry. On the other side of the river private transport is awaiting us for the trip to Dogon Country.
En route a stop is made in Songo, a Dogon village, known for its rock paintings. These paintings were made (and are regularly renewed) by the village elders and used to teach the village boys when preparing them for their circumcision. A cave protects the instruments the boys are allowed to play after their initiation.
The journey continues to Sanga for lunch and a visit. Continue to Koundou in the late afternoon; starting point of your trek through Dogon Country.

day 5 and 6 - Dogon Country
The sounds of wood touching wood, produced by the village women pounding millet for their family’s breakfast may have woken you up after a night in the quiet surroundings. In Dogon Country life is still being lived by the rhythm of the seasons and days. Electricity and running water are still barely available in the villages and it may look like time stood still in this special part of Mali. The people of the cliffs are known for onion farming (you may even smell it) and for their rich culture, stemming from their animist background.
This trekking takes you through the northern part of the Dogon and includes visits to multiple villages. You’re guided along breath taking sceneries and your efforts are rewarded with stunning views and great experiences.
In the morning a beautiful, though slightly tiring, hike is made up to Koundou Da, which is passed by, by most who visit Dogon Country. We grab the chance to take you up to the ancient village and to the onion fields, where you’re more than welcome to help the locals watering the crops, using the traditional waterers.
After lunch in Koundou, the hike continues via Ibi to Banani, where the night is spent in a camp.
On day 6 you walk from Banani via Ireli and Amani to Tiréli. Toguna’s, guina’s and the typical Dogon granaries cross your path and along the way you meet the Dogon people. The sacred crocodiles pond is visited in Amani. The afternoon is dedicated to visiting the different neighborhoods of Tiréli.
You spend the nights on rooftops under the impressive star-spangled sky and learn about the beauty, history and culture of the people of the cliff.

day 7 - Dogon Mask Dance- Dogon Country- Segou
Time has come to move on to other amazing experiences. But, before doing so, we’re offered the chance to enjoy early morning mask dances. Mask dances are part of Dogon’s rich culture and today a selection of these amazing masks perform especially for you. Our guide explains the meaning of the different types of mask, while we enjoy the colorful performance on the beats of the traditional (sacred) drums.

When the sounds of the drums come to an end and the masks are being returned to their cave, it is time to start today’s journey. Private transport takes us from Dogon Country to Sévaré, from where the journey is continued by public transport after lunch. Arrival in Ségou is expected in the evening.


day 8 - 10 - Ségou & Ségou’Art

Three days are dedicated to Ségou and to the art festival Ségou’Art. We visit the expositions on different locations in town and take part in the events surrounding the art festival, with a chance to enjoy music performances in the evening.
In between we’re taken on side trips in Ségou and its surroundings. We learn about mud-cloth making, visit a hamlet where the locals master the art of decorating calabashes, set out on a river trip to a nearby pottery village, where with a bit of luck the weekly baking is taking place, do a donkey cart tour, taste of traditionally brawn millet beer, visit the Monday market and stroll the ancient neighborhoods of Ségou.

day 11 - 13 Niger river trip
The time in Ségou has come to an end. After breakfast we board a pinasse, a traditionally built wooden boat, which is our home for the next three days. From Ségou the journey goes westward in the direction of Bamako.
It is time to relax, enjoy the natural surroundings, and experience life from the water. Bird lovers have the chance to spot dozens of species living on the shores and isles.
During the days the guide takes us on village visits, starting with Segoukoro, about 14ks from Ségou, which in former times used to be the capital of the Bambara Kingdom and where history has been well-preserved.
The boat crew takes care of the meals. Fresh ingredients are bought in villages and with the local fishermen. The nights are spent in tents on the riverbank or on isles.

Arrival in Koulikoro is expected in the late afternoon of the third day. The night is spent in a waterfront hotel.

day 14 Koulikoro- Siby
From Koulikoro the journey goes - by private transport - to Siby at only 45ks from Bamako, set in beautiful rocky surroundings.
After lunch the well-known Arch of Kamadjan is visited with a local guide who explains about the history of the rocks and who takes you on a short hike/climb to the top of the arc. Depending on the road conditions the trip continues to the falls, where you can enjoy a refreshing bath.
The night is spent in Siby.

day 15 Siby- Bamako Departure
The last day of this journey through Mali has arrived. Filled with experiences and memories we’re taken back to Bamako in the morning. The last souvenirs can be bought at a craft market, and there’s time to stroll the streets of Mali’s capital, before attending the farewell dinner. Depending on the departure time of your flight you’re transferred to the airport.


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2019. január 26. -

2019. február 10.

Jelentkezési határidő: 2018. december 26.

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