13 days in Mali Itinerary

13 days in Mali Itinerary

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13 days in Mali Itinerary

Start: Abidjan
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Abidjan


Mopti ©
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
Get out of town with these interesting Mopti side-trips: Djenne (Great Mosque Of Djenne & Jenne-Jeno). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) and admire the striking features of Grand Mosque of Mopti.

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Abidjan, Ivory Coast to Mopti is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Abidjan in July, you will find days in Mopti are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Gao.

Things to do in Mopti

Historic Sites Trails Parks

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Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) ©
Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country)
Great Mosque Of Djenne ©
Great Mosque Of Djenne
Grand Mosque of Mopti ©
Grand Mosque of Mopti


Gao ©
Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. Gao is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Askia and don't miss a visit to La Dune Rose.

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Traveling by car from Mopti to Gao takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Mopti in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Gao, with lows around 38°C. You'll set off for Bamako on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Gao

Historic Sites
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Tomb of Askia ©
Tomb of Askia
La Dune Rose ©
La Dune Rose


Bamako ©
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, museums, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Musee National de Bamako, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Bamako, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yacouba Guindo Mosque, and get to know the resident critters at Zoo National du Mali.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Gao to Bamako in 9 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Gao in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bamako, with lows of 26°C. On the 24th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks Nature Casinos
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Parc national du Mali, Bamako ©
Parc national du Mali, Bamako
Musee National de Bamako ©
Musee National de Bamako
Bamako City Centre Market ©
Bamako City Centre Market