In Mali, the Niger River, Djoliba, is called in many different ways. The Great Mother, the blood that flows through the veins, the great river that gives life.
That’s right, in Mali life is born from the river and flows slowly along with its waters. Everything revolves around its banks. The river gives water to irrigate, gives food, thirsts herds, supplies mud to build houses and pottery, clay to dye fabrics, is the main transport and communication route, it is even the greatest source of inspiration for Malian musicians. Postal postcard river landscapes, indescribable colors, shades of burgundy, yellow and brown, emerald green, up to the bright color spots of traditional pirogues that, dragging their nets, parading peacefully in front of groups of women who do laundry or wash their children, to small clay mosques and the mud houses of the villages Bozo, Somono and Peuhl, in small strips of sand where the hippos rest.
Day 1: Friday
Outbound Flight/Bamako (BKO)
Day 2: Saturday
The liveliness of the capital Bamako and the royal palace of the ancient kingdom of Biton Coulibaly in Sekoro.
Day 3: Sunday
The peaceful colonial town of Segou, nestled on the banks of the Niger River.
Day 4: Monday
The impressive Djenné mud mosque, its multicolored Monday market, the Peulh villages.
Day 5: Tuesday
Djenné/Mopti (Niger sailing)
Pinasse sailing on the Bani River and the Niger River, meeting the fishermen Bozo and Somono.
Day 6: Wednesday
The hectic port of Mopti, the rock paintings of Songho and the encounter with the hogon.
Day 7: Thursday
Exploring the Dogon crag, among animist traditions, sharp barns, sacred caiman ponds and mask dances.
Day 8: Friday
Bobo fetishes, sipping millet beer in Terekounko.
Day 9: Saturday
The capital’s markets and the puppets of Yaya Coulibaly, an artist-warlock, guardian of a thousand-year tradition.
Day 10: Sunday
Bamako (BKO)/Return flight