22 days in Mali Itinerary

22 days in Mali Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mali trip planner

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Bamako
— 3 nights
Bus
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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 and take pictures at Bamako Grand Mosque, get to know the resident critters at Zoo National du Mali, and explore the galleries of Musee National de Bamako.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bamako day trip planner.

Krakow, Poland to Bamako is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Krakow to Bamako. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Krakow in July; daily highs in Bamako reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Segou.

Things to do in Bamako

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Casinos
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

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.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Segou trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Bamako to Segou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for Djenne on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Segou

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque Of Djenne, contemplate the waterfront views at Niger River, and explore the ancient world of Jenne-Jeno.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Djenne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Segou to Djenne takes 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Djenne are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 18th (Sun), you're off to Mopti.

Things to do in Djenne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

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: admire all the interesting features of Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) and admire the striking features of Grand Mosque of Mopti.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Mopti day trip planner.

You can drive from Djenne to Mopti in 2.5 hours. July in Mopti sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll set off for Gao on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Mopti

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:

Gao

— 2 nights
Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore and take pictures at La Dune Rose and then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Askia.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gao trip planner.

Drive from Mopti to Gao in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Mopti in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 38°C in Gao. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Timbuktu.

Things to do in Gao

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

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 see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Timbuktu online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gao to Timbuktu in 17 hours. You will leave for home on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Timbuktu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:
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.