57 days in Mali Itinerary

57 days in Mali Itinerary

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Bamako
— 7 nights
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Segou
— 7 nights
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Sikasso
— 7 nights
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Djenne
— 7 nights
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Mopti
— 8 nights
Drive
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Gao
— 8 nights
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Kayes
— 7 nights
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Bamako

Mali's capital and the fastest-growing city in Africa, Bamako acts as a major port, as well as a cultural and industrial center.
Bamako is known for nature, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national du Mali, Bamako, don't miss a visit to Bamako Grand Mosque, try to win big at Casino De L'amitie, and explore the galleries of Musee National de Bamako.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bamako trip itinerary planner.

Portland, USA to Bamako is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Portland to Bamako due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Portland in November, with highs in Bamako at 95°F and lows at 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Segou.

Things to do in Bamako

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos

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Segou

Nestled along the Niger River, Segou has established itself as a major port and key player in Mali's cultural development.
Segou is known for classes and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Segou Grand Mosque.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Segou road trip planning tool.

Take a bus from Bamako to Segou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bamako in November since evenings lows in Segou dip to 70°F. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sikasso.

Things to do in Segou

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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Sikasso

Sikasso is a city in the south of Mali and the capital of the Sikasso Cercle and the Sikasso Region. Sikasso is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosquee du Chateau.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sikasso using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Segou to Sikasso takes 4.5 hours. November in Sikasso sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 70°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Djenne.

Things to do in Sikasso

Historic Sites

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Djenne

Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. Djenne is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque Of Djenne, explore the activities along Niger River, and explore the ancient world of Jenne-Jeno.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Djenne trip itinerary app.

Drive from Sikasso to Djenne in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 99°F in November, and nighttime lows around 70°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for Mopti.

Things to do in Djenne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Mopti

Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
Mopti is known for trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Mosque of Mopti.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mopti day trip planner.

You can drive from Djenne to Mopti in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mopti are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Gao.

Things to do in Mopti

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

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Gao

Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. Gao is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Askia and don't miss a visit to La Dune Rose.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Gao road trip site.

Traveling by car from Mopti to Gao takes 9.5 hours. When traveling from Mopti in December, plan for colder days in Gao, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kayes.

Things to do in Gao

Historic Sites

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Kayes

Kayes is a city in western Mali on the Sénégal River, with a population of 127,368 at the 2009 census. Kayes is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Fort de Medine and admire the sheer force of Chutes de Felou.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kayes trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Gao to Kayes takes 30 hours. While traveling from Gao, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Kayes, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kayes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Mali travel guide

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National Parks · Flea Markets · Museums
Lively, cultured, and colorful Mali allows visitors to get familiar with African traditions and witness contemporary African art and lifestyles. Ancient empires built cities along the Niger River, leaving behind them knowledge, beliefs, and traditions, even as the architecture crumbled. Today, the country's world-renowned musical heritage has become central to tourism in Mali, with live performances of ngoni and kora music a highlight for many tourists exploring this west African nation.