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Mali - West Africa*
with Alex Veit
*18 January- 1 February 2006
This very special tour which will be led by Yair and myself. Mali is an incredible ancient land that borders the Sahara Desert. Mali is full of mysteries, magical cultures and amazing colorful people. The people of Mali are willing to share their music, dance, history, and wealth of talent in the arts and crafts...Alex
*Please note: Tour is now 13 overnights in Mali !
Day 1: DEPT TLV: Wed- Jan 18th : Fly to Mali. Arrival and transfer to the hotel . If time permits introduction tour around Bamako. Overnight in Bamako.
Day 2: Thu- January 19th : Bamako-Segou: Departure to Segou, on the way visit the old village of Segoukoro where the first Bambara King is buried. In Segou: visit of Gneleny Women's association center for weaving woolen carpets. Next, the ancient quarter of Bambara there we shall see the local beer production. See the stylish French colonizers houses located along the river bank and more. In the afternoon, departure to the potter's village of Kalabougou and return to Segou.. ar.
Day 3: Fri -January 20th: Segou-San-Mopti: Drive to Mopti, on the way visit the village of San, where we shall see the best mud cloth makers of Mali, almost in each families is involved this production. Continue to Mopti and overnight.
Day 4: Sat -January 21st : Mopti-Timbuktu: Following the footsteps of the 19th century explorers: the Scots man: Mungo Park, the Frenchman: Rene Caille and others; we drive by 4x4 to Timbuktu. Timbuktu the legendary city at the "end of the world was established in the 11th century by the Tuareg tribes (the "Blue Men" of the Sahara), and it became the cultural and religious center for the region. We shall see : the Djingareber mosque, the Ahmed Baba Center’s where more than five thousand manuscripts of the 12th century are kept. The handicraft market with Tuareg where make shoes and hand bags from camel skins . Drive by 4x4 in to the Sahara Desert, where we shall go Camel riding and more.
Day 5: Sun- January 22nd :Timbuktu-Sévaré-Djenné by flight: Fly to Sévaré. Drive to Farafina Tignè site of an African trade bead museum. Continue to Djenné one of Africa's most interesting towns established in the 9th Century. Also visit the traditional villages of the Pulanya and Bozo tribes: Sirimou and Senonsa. Explore Djenné Djeno, the ancient city of Djenné from the 4th century where we can see the archeological ruins. We will visit the cultural center.
Day 6: Mon- January 23rd : Djenné: We shall spend time at the colorful "Monday Market" , where villagers from different ethnic groups arrive once a week. We will see the Big Mosque built in 1906 in Soudanian style. See the grave of the young girl Tapma, according to the legend, she was buried alive to allow the settlement of this area in the 9th century. We shall meet with the local women who make the mud cloth with different figures which symbolize the daily occupation of different ethnic groups.
Day 7: Tue- January 24th : Djenné-Dogon Country-Sangha: For three days we shall explore by 4x4 wheel drive vehicle the fascinating Dogon country. This region is located at the base of a 200 km cliff range. We shall visit the Songo village, renowned for its circumcision grotto with rock paintings. Continue to Sangha, which comprises of 10 distinct Animist and Islamic villages.
Day 8: Wed- January 25th: Dogon country: Continue our exploration of the Dogon villages along the Bandiagara escarpment, visiting the villages of Banani, Ireli, Amani and Tireli. We shall also see traditional weavers, dyers of indigo and mud cloth and much more.
Day 9: Thu- January 26th: Dogon country: Continue our exploration of the Dogon villages along the Bandiagara escarpment, visiting the villages of Nombory, Yabatalu, Endé,, Kani Kombolé.
Day 10: Fri- January 27th : Mopti : Full day in Mopti: We will see the old town with it's Komoguel Mosque, the market, the harbor crowded with pirogues. At the harbor we shall see the Bozo Fisherman who are involved in building pirogues (boats) and buying and selling fish.
Day 11: Sat- January 28th: Mopti Niger river- Mopti: Full day's sailing excursion on the Niger River; visit Bozo fishing villages and nomadic Fulani camps; observe the large variety of Mali's birds, and perhaps see hippos in the river; return to Mopti for overnight .
Day 12: Sun- January 29th : Mopti-Segou: Depart to Segou, visit villages of Soufourlaye and Hamdallaye. See the Grave of the ancient King Fulani .
Day 13: Mon- January 30th: Segou- Bamako: Early departure for Bamako: visit the local handicraft market, the big Mosque, the central market, the National museum, the Women's museum, and the Women's association for weaving and dying cloth.
Day 14: Tue- January 31th : Bamako-TLV: Transfer to the airport for the departure:
Day 15: Wed- February 1st : Arrive TLV- Ben Gurion Airport:
*Familiarization trip: This is first time that Alex and Yair are going to Mali, how ever, as always on Alex’s tours, all services will be provided at the best standards available.
Please note: The order of the daily program might change according to the domestic flight. Also you must note that changes might be made to the program, as traveling in Mali is not the same as traveling at home. The level of service and hotels are much lower than we are used to and a lot of patience and understanding is called for.
* Please note: Tour is planned to cater both Israeli and English speaking clientele. Tours are guided in English, by specially chosen local guides - Alex does not translate what is said in to Hebrew. How ever Alex will be bilingual, when it comes to his explanations which deal mainly with administrative aspects of the tour.
Recommended reading: Lonely Planet - West Africa.
Price person in double room USD and Euro! Revised prices as of September 26, 2005 for 13 nights!!
- All hotels and standards as written in the program with stars*.
- 13 Breakfasts, 13 Light lunches and 13 Dinners.
- Flight to and from Tel-Aviv- Bamako : Group Ticketing: The final cost of ticket will be based only on the day of issue.
- All international and domestic flights as mentioned in the program incl. 20 Kg baggage.
- All airport and security taxes $113. (NOT FINAL!) - Registration /cancellation fee: $47.
- All tipping to guides, drivers, & hotel staff abroad: $60
- Visa to Mali $50. - Air-conditioned coach transportation as per itinerary.
- 4x4 wheel drive for the trip to Timbuktu and the Dogon Country tour.
- All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Escort Alex Veit , who will be *escorting the tour, [not guiding] in Hebrew and English.
- Guiding by specially chosen local guides who guide in English.
Please check with your local health authority, what types of vaccinations are required such as:
Against malaria, Hepatitis B and A, Yellow Fever and any other requirements.
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