22 days in Mali Itinerary

22 days in Mali Itinerary

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Bamako
— 3 nights
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Segou
— 3 nights
Drive
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Djenne
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Mopti
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gao
— 2 nights
Drive
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Timbuktu
— 4 nights
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Bamako

— 3 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national du Mali, Bamako, explore the galleries of Musee National de Bamako, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yacouba Guindo Mosque, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Bamako City Centre Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bamako visit planner.

Krakow, Poland to Bamako is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Krakow to Bamako is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Krakow in December: high temperatures in Bamako hover around 90°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Segou.

Things to do in Bamako

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Segou

— 3 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Segou Grand Mosque.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Segou visit planner.

You can take a bus from Bamako to Segou in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in December, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You will leave for Djenne on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Segou

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Djenne

— 3 nights
Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. Djenne is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque Of Djenne, explore the activities along Niger River, and delve into the distant past at Jenne-Jeno.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Djenne sightseeing website.

Getting from Segou to Djenne by car takes about 5 hours. December in Djenne sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 64°F at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel to Mopti.

Things to do in Djenne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Mopti

— 5 nights
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
Mopti is known for trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) and admire the striking features of Grand Mosque of Mopti.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mopti trip maker app.

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 will leave for Gao on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Mopti

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

Gao

— 2 nights
Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of La Dune Rose and then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Askia.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gao journey maker site.

Drive from Mopti to Gao in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Mopti in December: highs in Gao hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Timbuktu.

Things to do in Gao

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Timbuktu

— 4 nights
Timbuktu, also spelled as Tinbuktu, Timbuctoo and Timbuktoo, is an ancient city in Mali, situated 20km north of the Niger River. Timbuktu is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Djinguereber Mosque and explore and take pictures at Mosque of Sankore.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Timbuktu travel route planner.

You can drive from Gao to Timbuktu in 17 hours. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Timbuktu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your trip

Mali travel guide

3.6
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.