6 days in Mali Itinerary

6 days in Mali Itinerary

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6 days in Mali Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  24​h
1
Timbuktu
— 1 day
Drive:  11​h 30​min
2
Kayes
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Bamako
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  9​h
4
Gao
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Amsterdam

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Timbuktu

Timbuktu ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sankore and then steep yourself in history at Djinguereber Mosque.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Timbuktu trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Timbuktu is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Timbuktu due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kayes.

Things to do in Timbuktu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Djinguereber Mosque ©
Djinguereber Mosque

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Kayes

Kayes ©
Kayes is a city in western Mali on the Sénégal River, with a population of 127,368 at the 2009 census. On the 24th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Chutes de Felou and then stroll the grounds of Fort de Medine.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kayes travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from Timbuktu to Kayes takes 26 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Kayes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fort de Medine
Highlights from your plan
Fort de Medine ©
Fort de Medine
Chutes de Felou ©
Chutes de Felou

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Bamako

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national du Mali, Bamako, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Bamako, then pause for some photo ops at Monument de l"Independance, then don't miss a visit to Bamako Grand Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yacouba Guindo Mosque.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bamako day trip site .

Getting from Kayes to Bamako by car takes about 9.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gao.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parc national du Mali, Bamako ©
Parc national du Mali, Bamako
Cathedral of Bamako ©
Cathedral of Bamako
Bamako Grand Mosque ©
Bamako Grand Mosque

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Gao

Gao ©
Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to La Dune Rose and then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Askia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gao tour planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bamako to Gao in 9 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bamako in March: high temperatures in Gao hover around 36°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gao

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of Askia ©
Tomb of Askia
La Dune Rose ©
La Dune Rose