Mali – Timbuktu music festival 9 days

days | 2 - 10 people in a group
tour description

nature, history, culture, sightseeing

We would like to invite you to an extraordinary expedition to Mali. During our trip we will visit the south and north of the country, where we will observe the exceptional ethnic and cultural mosaic of this part of Africa.

We will visit towns that used to be capitals of African kingdoms, as evidenced by numerous historic sites that have been preserved despite variable and often tragic history of Mali, and we will set off for a short cruise on the Niger River. The most important attraction of this expedition will be the encounter with people and their culture and traditions that progressively subside under the pressure of civilisation. This may be one of the last opportunities to meet the followers of traditional African religions and also unique handicraft products in old merchant towns such as Sègou or Bamako. You are welcome to take part in this exceptional journey to places off the beaten path. BTP Adventure


Flights to Bamako usually take place in the afternoon and evening. After arrival, visa formalities. Transfer to the hotel and, after a short rest, an organisational meeting and dinner.


After breakfast we will drive to Djenne.  A city with a very long history located on an island in the Niger River.  Upon arrival, we will visit the Grand Mosque and the city.  In the evening, dinner at one of the local restaurants

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After breakfast, we will visit the Djenne market, which is the “heart” of the city.  We will visit the tomb of Tapana Djenepo, which, like the Centuries Mosque and the madrasa next to the mosque, is listed on the UNESCO list.  On this day we will also visit a cooperative founded by local women.  It will be a great opportunity to meet the inhabitants of Mali and possibly buy handicrafts.  From Djenne we will go to Mopti, a city called the “African Venice.  One of the oldest cities in West Africa located on the Niger, where you will have the opportunity to visit the traditional market and old buildings with one of the most interesting buildings, which is the Great Mosque.  In the afternoon we will go to one of the suburban villages to see a traditional Dogon dance show.  Overnight in Mopti in a traditional hotel.  In the evening, dinner at one of the local restaurants.

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After breakfast, we leave Mopti for the city of Sègou and its surroundings.  First, the village of Sékoro, the former capital of the Bambara kingdom, where we will see the tomb of its founder, King Biton Mamara Coulibaly.  In the afternoon, arrival in Sègou, where we will see the colonial buildings and traditional mud brick houses.  This evening you will also be able to go to traditional craft workshops and buy souvenirs.  In the evening, return to Sègou for dinner and overnight

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AAfter breakfast, we will drive back to Bamako.  Upon arrival, visit the capital of Mali.  We will start with Wzgórze Zdrowia, and then we will go to the heart of the city, which is the bazaar, where we will meet traditional craftsmen, sculptors, weavers, jewelers and metalworkers who exhibit their products and present their skills.  We will also go to the part of the bazaar where only traditional African medicines are sold.  In the afternoon we will visit the largest mosque and monuments of the old part of the city.  In the evening, dinner at one of the local restaurants.

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In the morning, transfer to the airport and flight to Timbuktu, the city of legends that has aroused the imagination of numerous travelers and adventurers for centuries.  City tour and the beginning of the festival with traditional Takamba dances.  Unique to see traditional Tuareg dances. Late evening return to the hotel overnight stay in Timbuktu

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After breakfast, we will visit the legendary Timbuktu.  We will visit the Djigareiber mosque and Sanakore.  On this day we will visit the Hamed Baba Cultural Center and Madrasah.  In the afternoon we will go to the festival.  Dinner and overnight in Timbuktu.

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Morning transfer to the airport and flight to Bamako.  After arrival, we will go outside Bamako to the mountainous regions of Mandingo where we will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the region where the Mali Empire was founded.  In the evening, a traditional mask dance show and dinner.  Return to Bamako for overnight stay.

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After breakfast will go to the village of Siby west of Bamako.  Western Mali was the birthplace of various ethnic groups that made up Mali’s remarkable cultural mosaic, including the Dogon, Bambara, Malinke, Kassonke, Minianka, Senufo and Bobo.  We will visit the village of Siby to see the Kamandjan rock arch. We will also see the mask dance of the Bambara people.  In the evening, return to Bamako and transfer to the airport (most departures from Bamako take place at night).


If the departure is on the next day, an additional dinner and overnight stay in Bamako (not included in the price)

Practical information

  • the length of the tour : 9 days in Africa;
  • start of the trip: Bamako;
  • end of the trip: Bamako;
  • the highlights of this expedition: The principal attraction of the trip is the encounter with the inhabitants of the south-western part of Mali – the opportunity to learn about their culture, traditions and music during amazing fstiwal in legendary Bamako. Moreover, we will see the unique architecture and buildings that remember the times of ancient kingdoms that once existed in West Africa.

The tour will be an expedition to one of the regions of the world least visited by tourists. The tour is oriented on sightseeing and cultural tourism. Because of the special nature of the visited places and of the expedition features, the travellers are required to be physically and mentally fit. You must prepare to long drives amidst the desolations of the Saharan wilderness, often at more than +30°C. No long hikes or activities that require strenuous physical effort are envisaged during the tour. The itinerary was designed to enable best possible viewing of the places away from mass tourism routes, while meeting basic safety standards and ensuring comfort to the travellers. Bear in mind that Mali is mostly inhabited by Muslims, which means the need to respect cultural differences and adhering to the appropriate dress code.


Depending on the political situation, the length of the tour and the order of visited places may change. In a situation of a serious threat to travellers’ safety, the tour may be cancelled. We will keep you updated as to whether the expedition is possible.

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the planned end of the tour.
  • Before departure, you must obtain the tourist visa at one of your nearest embassies of Mali. You may buy the visa at the airport but if you choose this option please contact our office. To obtain a visa, you may use the services of visa agents.
  • You should take with you for the tour a photocopy of your passport (the photo page) and an additional ID document.

  • Take with you for the trip the yellow vaccination booklet with certified valid yellow fever vaccination – it is impossible to enter the Republic of Mali without this document and vaccination.
  • Vaccination against yellow fever, tetanus, diphtheria, viral hepatitis A and B, meningococci, typhus and meningitis is recommended.
  • Despite a low risk, it is worth preparing to malaria prevention (Malarone or Lariam).
  • There is a risk of dengue and tuberculosis at the places planned to be visited during the trip.
  • During our expedition, we will drink only bottled water. You should avoid ice in your beverages and eating raw or undercooked foods. Only private medical care exists in Mali, and this only in the capital.
  • Because of difficult travelling and accommodation conditions and particularities of the country, good general health and physical fitness are necessary. Furthermore, your patience will definitely be tested and you should prepare for hardships of long journeys, lassitude and discomfort.
  • Before departure, we recommend a consultation with a family physician and a tropical medicine specialist.
  • Please take with you a first aid kit and a sufficient supply of your regular (prescription) medicines, if any. Some useful contents of the first aid kit:
  • insect repellents – absolutely necessary
  • high sun protection cream (recommended SPF 50)
  • disinfectants, wound dressing materials
  • analgesics and antipyretics
  • antibiotics, as a precaution
  • anti-diarrhoeals, electrolytes and vitamins

The Republic of Mali is a country characterised by political instability and a major risk of an armed conflict. However, in the region that we plan to visit the actual terrorist threat or armed conflict risk is nowadays relatively low. We design our itineraries so as to avoid places that are potentially dangerous (northern and eastern parts of Mali).

Owing to the good relations we have with local contractors, we keep following the news to be aware of any potential threats and safety risks. We also recommend you to read the latest news on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website:

The legal tender in the Republic of Mali is the Central African CFA franc. Currency exchange is possible only in the capital – at the airport and in hotels. You cannot change money anywhere else. Using payment cards is impossible outside the capital. The best foreign exchange rate is for euros. US dollars or UK pounds are not generally exchangeable.

For current foreign exchange rates see or install on your phone.

The official languages in the Republic of Mali are French and Arabic. Several dozen local languages are also spoken. In the case of a group tour, the tour leader will speak English or French. For self-guided tours, you must speak French, while English-speaking travellers must hire a local guide with a command of English.

The Republic of Mali is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. The south-western part is inhabited mainly by Muslims, Christians and followers of traditional African religions. Women do not have to wear headscarves.

It is very important to respect local customs and abide by local laws. You will receive the relevant information from your local guide or the tour leader.

The tour dates are proposed in periods of the best possible weather conditions at the sites included in the itinerary. The best time for expeditions to the south-western part of the Republic of Mali is the period between October and December. Temperatures exceed +30°C during the day and +25°C at night. Occasional showers are possible. High density of dust particles is a major issue. Sandstorms may appear.

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Mobile network coverage is available in most towns and villages but absent in many areas, especially outside larger towns. Purchase of a local SIM-card is complicated and of little benefit. Before the trip, please enquire with your mobile network operator whether they have a contract signed with operators in Mali and what the prices of call and SMS roaming are. To avoid a nasty surprise, we recommend disabling mobile data usage.

  • Wi-Fi is available only in hotels in Bamako and Ségou and in a handful of restaurants.
  • Additionally, we recommend taking a capacious power bank, solar charger or car charger. In the course of car rides, it will be possible to charge electronic equipment only from vehicle power supplies.
  • Power sockets of type D, E and F. Voltage 220 V, frequency 50 Hz.

For climatic and cultural reasons, loose garments will be most appropriate: long trousers, long skirts, long-sleeved shirts, which can be easily washed and will quickly dry. The most comfortable footwear for the tour will be lightweight boots. Palladium brand boots are recommended. You may walk in open sandals but in towns as well as in savannas and desert regions this may be uncomfortable because of stones, thorny plants and sharp grasses. Hiking boots are not necessary. The following are worth taking:

  • sachet for documents and money
  • wet wipes for body cleaning and antibacterial gels
  • dry shampoo
  • polar fleece jacket or warmer blouse, especially useful at evening and night times
  • head cover and sunglasses – mandatory, the sun is no joke!
  • comfortable summer clothes, useful during practically the whole trip
  • light T-shirts/shirts
  • useful odds and ends: torch, Swiss Army knife, sewing kit (usually is not needed but is not heavy and does not take much place), chargers, mug (for special occasions); inflatable neck pillow, useful on the plane and during car rides; small wallet for the local currency; books to pass the time on flights and car rides


Price depends on number of participants. Please refer to list below:

  • £ 4990  p/p  – group of 2
  • £ 4190  p/p  – group of 3
  • £ 3690  p/p  – group of 4
  • £ 3190  p/p  – group of 5
  • £ 2990 p/p  – group of 6
  • £ 2790  p/p  – group of 7
  • £ 2590  p/p  – group of 8
Price includes

During the expedition, we will travel by 4WD vehicles. Expected number of travellers in one vehicle: 3 + the driver. We will spend 7-9 hours travelling by car every day. The vehicles do not have air conditioning. Speed depends on the road surface conditions, terrain characteristics and number and length of stops.

We are not able to guarantee a uniform accommodation standard at each of the planned sites during the stay in the Republic of Mali. Our priorities are your comfort, appropriate location, character of the site as well as historical and cultural values. We always place emphasis on the support of local community when selecting the sites for our accommodation. In general, rooms will be assigned on the assumption of two people sharing a twin room (rooms with individual bathrooms). The surcharges for single rooms are quoted in the “Price” section.

Two overnight stays in 2- and 3-star hotels (African standard) are planned during the trip.

Meals according to the schedule B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner and mineral water.. Apart from the capital and larger towns, only very basic foods can be bought. For information about the local costs of living see

Services of a tour guide and  local guide throughout the tour

Admission tickets for the visited sites and national parks

The price includes the cost of tips and porters’ fees.

Trip preparation, visa mediation, the invitation necessary to obtain a visa

Price does not include

Costs of the main flight to and from Bamako.

Costs of flight tickets are not covered by the tour price. BTP Adventure does not directly arrange and buy tickets for international flights. However, we may suggest the best connections and airlines. For this purpose, contact us by e-mail or call us.

Visa costs and visa services.

Insurance is not covered by the tour price. Having valid insurance is a condition for taking part in the trip. We recommend taking out insurance that will be appropriate for the planned itinerary and for your individual state of health and needs. Please send us the proof of your insurance contract.

You can purchase insurance on your own on the website of Axa or any other insurance company:

BTP Adventure may help you obtain adequate insurance cover. If you want our help, please contact us.

supplementary payment for the additional accommodation in Bamako In the case of a morning flight,

Surcharge for a single room: 270 £

Meals other than those listed in the final itinerary.

Personal expenses and souvenirs.


We will keep updating the detailed information on the safety and final itinerary of the tour. Before you decide to submit the booking form, please learn about the current political and sanitary situation in Mali.

Depending on the political situation, the length of the tour and the order of visited places may change. In a situation of a serious threat to travellers’ safety, the tour may be cancelled. We will keep you updated as to whether the expedition is possible.

We can arrange a self-guided tour – if your are interested, please contact the office.

The planned expedition is an exclusive proposal prepared on the basis of our experience and knowledge of the local peculiarities and major sightseeing attractions of the south-western part of Mali.

With any questions please contact BTP ADVENTURE


dates & prices
06/12/2023 - 14/12/2023

2590 £ Per Person for 8 person group

It is possible to organize an individual trip without a pilot, please contact the office.

you can find price for the group in description