A geographical and cultural meeting point between North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Mali has always been a crossroads of peoples and caravan traffic. It is the gateway to the desert, where the arid Sahelian savannahs, dotted with baobabs, mangoes and shea trees, end and the majestic dunes of the Sahara begin. A land where different ethnic groups, languages, traditions and cultures live together under a single flag. It is a historically Muslim country, where animism has never ceased to exist and regulate the daily life of its population.
It is the country of the largest mud mosque in the world and of enchanted cliffs where the spirits of the ancestors roam undisturbed. The home of the sacred caimans and the arena of propitiatory dances of spectacular thousand-year-old masks. The country where the myth of the mysterious Timbuktu survives the sandstorms unaltered. A boundless land where the Niger River is a source of life, commerce and poetic inspiration.
It is the home of the blues and griots, of bustling markets and secluded villages, where the rhythms seem to have remained unchanged for centuries and where relations between people are marked by genuine and generous hospitality. Above all, it is the country of hospitality and magic. That magic that enchants anyone who has the privilege of visiting it even once in their lifetime. The same magic that in the past has preserved its identity from invasions, forced conversions, colonisation and tribal wars and that, “Insch Allah”, will make it survive and be reborn stronger than ever even from the current destabilisation.
Kanaga Africa Tours works at the service of travellers to offer a privileged channel to anyone wishing to immerse themselves in the reality of this magnificent country and appreciate its immense tangible and intangible cultural heritage. At the moment, due to a rather complex socio-political situation, we have decided to limit our trips to Mali to the Pays Manding region only. We will certainly be the first to propose other itineraries as soon as the situation clears up and the necessary security conditions are restored.