8 days in Mali Itinerary

8 days in Mali Itinerary

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8 days in Mali Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + Drive:  36​h
1
Mopti
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Djenne
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
Bamako
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Chennai

1
night
Mopti

Mopti ©
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque of Mopti.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mopti tour planner .

Chennai, India to Mopti is an approximately 36-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Chennai in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Mopti, with highs around 48°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Djenne.

Things to do in Mopti

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) ©
Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country)
Grand Mosque of Mopti ©
Grand Mosque of Mopti

1
night
Djenne

Djenne ©
Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. On the 29th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Jenne-Jeno and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque Of Djenne.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Djenne day trip tool .

Getting from Mopti to Djenne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°C in April, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bamako.

Things to do in Djenne

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Great Mosque Of Djenne ©
Great Mosque Of Djenne
Jenne-Jeno ©
Jenne-Jeno

2
nights
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 30th (Tue): try to win big at Casino De L'amitie, then don't miss a visit to Bamako Grand Mosque, then examine the collection at Musee National de Bamako, and finally admire all the interesting features of Bamako city centre, market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Monument de l"Independance, then get to know the resident critters at Zoo National du Mali, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Bamako, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Dandan waterfalls.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bamako trip planner.

Getting from Djenne to Bamako by car takes about 9 hours. Traveling from Djenne in April, Bamako is slightly colder at night with lows of 28°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Parc national du Mali, Bamako ©
Parc national du Mali, Bamako
Musee National de Bamako ©
Musee National de Bamako
Bamako City Centre Market ©
Bamako City Centre Market