Passing on the same day from the incessant vortex of noises, colors and smells of the Djenné market, to the boundless spaces and muffled silences of the Pays Dogon, is an experience that embodies all the essence of Mali.
Djenné is a unique concentrate of cultures and merchandise, because there are as many cultures in Mali as the ethnic groups that live there. For photography lovers, Djenné is an inexhaustible source of ideas, to the point of making you dizzy: Peuhl nomads with a stick and a typical hat sell their rams, blue Tuaregs above their Camels carry salt bars, Dogon elders offer their natural remedies and fetishes, Bambara burly women trade dressings as colorful as their clothes, Bozo girls display fish dried, while donkey-drawn carts, overloaded with anything, make their way through the crowd, in the shadow of the imposing largest mud mosque in the world, which in the evening will instead give way to another huge monument, sacred to animists, the Dogon crag with its magical echoes.
Day 1: Friday
Outbound Flight/Bamako (BKO)
Day 2: Saturday
The liveliness of the capital Bamako and the tranquility of the Bambara villages, where shea butter is produced.
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 and its multicolored Monday market.
Day 5: Tuesday
Exploring the Dogon crag, among animist traditions, sharp barns, sacred caiman ponds and mask dances.
Day 6: Wednesday
The encounter with the hogon, the Songho rock paintings and an unforgettable sunset seen from a pinasse on Niger River.
Day 7: Thursday
The fetishes of the Bobo ethnic group and the royal palace of the ancient kingdom of Biton Coulibaly in Sekoro.
Day 8: Friday
The capital’s markets and the puppets of Yaya Coulibaly, an artist-warlock, guardian of a thousand-year tradition.
Day 9: Saturday
Bamako (BKO)/Return flight