60 days in Mali Itinerary

60 days in Mali Itinerary

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60 days in Mali Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly:  27​h
1
Bamako
— 7 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
2
Kayes
— 7 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Sikasso
— 7 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Mopti
— 8 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
5
Gao
— 7 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Segou Region
— 8 nights
Drive:  13​h 45​min
7
Timbuktu
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  42​h
End: Kalamazoo

7
nights
Bamako

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: browse the exhibits of Musee National de Bamako, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Bamako, take in the dramatic scenery at Dandan waterfalls, and don't miss a visit to Bamako Grand Mosque.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bamako trip planner .

Kalamazoo, USA to Bamako is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Kalamazoo to Bamako, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Kalamazoo in November; daily highs in Bamako reach 95°F and lows reach 64°F. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to Kayes.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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

7
nights
Kayes

Kayes ©
Kayes is a city in western Mali on the Sénégal River, with a population of 127,368 at the 2009 census. Kayes is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort de Medine and admire the sheer force of Chutes de Felou.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kayes travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Bamako to Kayes takes 9.5 hours. In November in Kayes, expect temperatures between 100°F during the day and 69°F at night. You'll set off for Sikasso on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Kayes

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fort de Medine
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 7:
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Fort de Medine ©
Fort de Medine
Chutes de Felou ©
Chutes de Felou

7
nights
Sikasso

Sikasso
Sikasso is a city in the south of Mali and the capital of the Sikasso Cercle and the Sikasso Region. Sikasso is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosquee du Chateau.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sikasso tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kayes to Sikasso takes 14.5 hours. In December in Sikasso, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 64°F at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel to Mopti.

Things to do in Sikasso

Historic Sites
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8
nights
Mopti

Mopti ©
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mopti: Djenne (Jenne-Jeno & Great Mosque Of Djenne). The adventure continues: hike along Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Mosque of Mopti.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mopti trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Sikasso to Mopti in 7.5 hours. December in Mopti sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 61°F at night. You will leave for Gao on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Mopti

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Djenne
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 24:
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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

7
nights
Gao

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: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Askia and make a trip to La Dune Rose.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gao holiday maker tool .

Drive from Mopti to Gao in 9.5 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Mopti in December: highs in Gao hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 64°F. You will leave for Segou Region on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Gao

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

8
nights
Segou Region

Segou Region ©
Segou Region is known for classes and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Segou Grand Mosque.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Segou Region road trip planning website .

You can drive from Gao to Segou Region in 16 hours. In January, daytime highs in Segou Region are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Timbuktu.

Things to do in Segou Region

Historic Sites
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Segou Grand Mosque ©
Segou Grand Mosque

7
nights
Timbuktu

Timbuktu ©
Timbuktu is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Djinguereber Mosque and don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sankore.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Timbuktu trip app .

Traveling by car from Segou Region to Timbuktu takes 14 hours. On the 18th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Timbuktu

Historic Sites
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Djinguereber Mosque ©
Djinguereber Mosque