15 days in Mali Itinerary

15 days in Mali Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mali vacation planner
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Gao
— 5 nights
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Mopti
— 2 nights
Drive
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Djenne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bamako
— 4 nights
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Gao — 5 nights

Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. Gao is known for historic sites and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Askia and make a trip to La Dune Rose.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gao trip app.

Charlotte, USA to Gao is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Charlotte to Gao. Traveling from Charlotte in December, expect nights in Gao to be much hotter, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 64°F. You will leave for Mopti on the 22nd (Thu).
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Historic Sites
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Mopti — 2 nights

Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque of Mopti and then hike along Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country).

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You can drive from Gao to Mopti in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Gao in December, you will find days in Mopti are warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). You'll set off for Djenne on the 24th (Sat).
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Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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Djenne — 2 nights

Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Jenne-Jeno and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque Of Djenne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Niger River.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Djenne trip planner.

Getting from Mopti to Djenne by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Djenne, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bamako.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Bamako — 4 nights

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, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national du Mali, Bamako, get to know the resident critters at Zoo National du Mali, don't miss a visit to Bamako Grand Mosque, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yacouba Guindo Mosque.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bamako trip maker site.

You can drive from Djenne to Bamako in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature
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Mali travel guide

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National Parks · Flea Markets · Museums
Lively, cultured, and colorful Mali allows visitors to get familiar with African traditions and witness contemporary African art and lifestyles. Ancient empires built cities along the Niger River, leaving behind them knowledge, beliefs, and traditions, even as the architecture crumbled. Today, the country's world-renowned musical heritage has become central to tourism in Mali, with live performances of ngoni and kora music a highlight for many tourists exploring this west African nation.
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