28 days in Mali & Niger Itinerary

28 days in Mali & Niger Itinerary

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Fly to Bamako, Bus to Kayes
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Kayes, Mali
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bamako, Mali
— 4 nights
Drive
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Djenne, Mali
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mopti, Mali
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gao, Mali
— 3 nights
Drive
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Niamey, Niger
— 5 nights
Drive
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Timbuktu, Mali
— 3 nights
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Kayes, Mali

— 4 nights
Kayes is a city in western Mali on the Sénégal River, with a population of 127,368 at the 2009 census. Step off the beaten path and head to Fort de Medine and Chutes de Felou.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kayes online trip builder.

New York City, USA to Kayes is an approximately 26.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Kayes. Expect warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: highs in Kayes hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 77°F. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Kayes

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

Bamako, Mali

— 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral of Bamako and Monument de l"Independance. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee National de Bamako and Yacouba Guindo Mosque. There's much more to do: try your luck at Casino De L'amitie, get to know the resident critters at Zoo National du Mali, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bamako City Centre Market, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national du Mali, Bamako.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bamako online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kayes to Bamako takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kayes in October, Bamako is a bit cooler at night with lows of 70°F. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to Djenne.

Things to do in Bamako

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

Djenne, Mali

— 2 nights
Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. On the 11th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Jenne-Jeno and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque Of Djenne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): explore the activities along Niger River.

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Traveling by car from Bamako to Djenne takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bamako in October since evenings lows in Djenne dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mopti.

Things to do in Djenne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Mopti, Mali

— 4 nights
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) and Grand Mosque of Mopti.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mopti vacation website.

Traveling by car from Djenne to Mopti takes 2.5 hours. October in Mopti sees daily highs of 98°F and lows of 74°F at night. You will leave for Gao on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Mopti

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Gao, Mali

— 3 nights
Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tomb of Askia and La Dune Rose.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gao online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Mopti to Gao in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. You will leave for Niamey on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Gao

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

Niamey, Niger

— 5 nights
The capital and largest city of Niger, Niamey serves as an administrative, cultural, and economic center on the Niger River.
Get outdoors at Koure Giraffe Reserve and Ferme Youyou. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger) and Niamey Grand Mosque. Change things up with a short trip to Koure Reserve in Koure (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosquee Cite Caisse, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Marche.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Niamey trip planner.

Drive from Gao to Niamey in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gao to Niamey. In October in Niamey, expect temperatures between 101°F during the day and 78°F at night. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to Timbuktu.

Things to do in Niamey

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:

Timbuktu, Mali

— 3 nights
Timbuktu, also spelled as Tinbuktu, Timbuctoo and Timbuktoo, is an ancient city in Mali, situated 20km north of the Niger River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Djinguereber Mosque and Mosque of Sankore.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Timbuktu route maker website.

Drive from Niamey to Timbuktu in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Niamey to Timbuktu due to the time zone difference. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Timbuktu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Mali travel guide

3.6
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.

Niger travel guide

3.5
Museums · Flea Markets · Ruins
River of Song
Much of Niger consists of untouched landscapes, dotted here and there with old caravan towns and abandoned medieval settlements. The mountains of the north and the dunes of the center and south hold a captivating, enigmatic atmosphere, made even more memorable by the mud-brick architecture of the market towns developed over the centuries. Most visitors on vacation in Niger head to the southwest, where an abundance of protected areas rich in wildlife, some of the most scenic views of the Niger River, and the country's capital just beg to be explored.