12 days Mali-Burkina Faso + travel
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Burkina Faso Day 1: - Bamako Arrive in Bamako in a regular flight with Delta, Sabena or Swissair, transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: - Bamako - Segou Tour around the capital, viewing of the most representative colonial buildings and popular markets which characterize West Africa. Visit to the ethnic museum where the small group will receive an overview of Mali´s History and Art by a prominent university professor. Walk to the main market and lunch. Afternnoon departure to Segou, check –in the hotel and city tour of the city, which colonial charming atmosphere and architecture remains evident.

Day 3: - Segou - Dogon Country Morning departure to the Bandiagara cliffs, crossing a Sahel landscape typified by enormous baobab trees and prickly bushes. Stop to admire the typical Sudanese mosque of San. Late afternoon arrival to our base for check – in. Walk around the village, refreshment with a presentation about the Dogon culture and their habitat. Strar watching

Day 4: - Dogon Country - Mopti After typical Dogon breakfast, walk through a village on the plateau and enjoyment of a breathtaking panoramic view from the top. Trek down the cliff in a unique, risk free but exciting experience. Promenade along various Dogon villages at the base of the cliff. Lunch time during which we will have the opportunity to get in touch with the villagers, admire their ability of creating masks, artistic door, ritual artifacts and other handicrafts. Departure to Mopti with scheduled arrival at late evening and glance of the city.

Day 5: - Mopti - Djenne - Mopti Early morning departure to visit one of Mali´s most beautiful cities and its painteresque, world famous flea market, where the crowd and the goods compose a marvelous mosaic of colors and ethnias. Bargaining in an extraordinary stage, with the beautiful Sudanese style mosque as overwhelming background. Afternoon return for an evening of independent leisure

Day 6: - Mopti - Timbuctu Early morning departure to the airport for the morning domestic Air Mali flight to Timbuktu. It will offer us an excellent bird´s view over the Niger´s inner delta and the flora transformation into desert ground. After landing in the Tuareg city, considered as the door of teh Sahara desert, we will check – in the hotel. Later, beginning of the city tour, including architectural jewels and the homes where the most prominent explorers once lived. Lunch and late afternoon camel ride to the outskirts of the city, where we will enjoy a tea in a camp of the “ blue men of the desert “. Return to the hotel for relax and dinner

Day 7: - Timbuctu - Mopti Early morning check – out to the airport for the morning flight to Mopti. Hotel check – in is scheduled before noon. Walk along the boulevard by the river bank, visit to the market and the busy, crowded harbor, the most important in the upper Niger. Break for a refreshment at the Bozo Bar with a privileged view over both the port and the river. Discovering of the mosque and artisans market. Returning to the hotel for a rest, prior to an afternoon trip on the river with a Bambara´s traditional- yet equipped with modern engine, services – pinnace served by an experienced team of pilot and guide. We will enjoy impressive views of life on and around the river, will visit one of the many small villages by the river and will enjoy one of the most overwhelming sensations in West Africa: a sunset in the Niger. Return to the hotel for a late evening and dinner.

Day 8: - Mopti - Bobo ( Burkina Fasso).Early morning departure for a ride on our comfortable 4WD with AC to reach Bobo after crossing the border between both countries. Arrival to Bobo, musical capital of West Africa and well know for the huge mango trees on the sidewalks of their streets. Check – in at our hotel.

Day 9: - Bobo - Banfora During the morning we will visit the colorful local market, Faraka – the old quarter -, the Dioulasoba mosque and the artisans section. Early lunch in Bobo and departure to the heavenly Banfora region, including visits to the Karfiguela waterfalls, lake Tengrela and the mysterious, exceptionally puzzling and beautiful Sindou rock formations, crafted by wind erosion. Check – in the hotel

Day 10: - Banfora - Lobi Country - Banfora Early morning departure to the Lobi region, travelling in our 4WD, through country roads before discovering the estraordinary fortress-like Lobi houses, mostly standing alone rather than in villages. Ligth lunch and walk around houses and visit of one of them. We will learn about Lobi animist world and appreciate their art and crafts. Returns to the hotel in Banfora.

Day 11: - Banfora - Sikasso Morning departure to the Senufo region, through dusty, unpaved country roads. Arrival scheduled around noon, just in time for lunch. Then, visit to the interesting Sikasso market. Afternoon of free leisure, shopping and pre-packing activities.

Day 12: - Sikasso - Bamako - Departure Morning departure to Mali´s capital, where we will arrive in the early afternoon for lunch time. Afternoon hours for relaxing, shopping, pictures and postcard writing. Evening transfer to the airport where the Bambara African Tours staff will efficiently take care of all bureaucartic paperwork, customs and airline check – in for the night flight.