JOIN MY MALI TOUR (including Timbuktu!)Alright folks. As many of you know, I’ve been working for years behind to finally organise a trip to Mali. Not any old trip to Mali, a trip including the last frontier of hardcore travel, Timbuktu!Join my Mali tourTable of contentsJOIN MY MALI TOUR (including Timbuktu!)MALI TOUR DATES:MALI TOUR ITINERARY:MALI TOUR PRICES:What’s included?What’s not included?Mali VisaIs Mali Safe To Visit?How you can join my Mali Tour?MALI TOUR DATES:I have them confirmed, but I won’t be publishing online. This will be done privately via email and whatsapp only for security reasons.MALI TOUR ITINERARY:DAY 1;Arrive in Bamako. Depending on flight times, mini-city tour, then group dinner and drinks.BamakoDAY 2:Private Jet baby! Basically the reason why the trip is so bloody expensive. Today we fly to Timbuktu for the day. Check out the famous Adobe Mosques, witness a traditional Toureag Dance, watch a famous calligrapher work his magic then we’re outta there before causing a scene.Flying to Mopti. Here we’ll hit the Bani river for a river cruise and visit the local fish market.Iconic TimbuktuDAY 3;The second coolest place in the country today, Djenne. A UNESCO world Heritage Site, we’ll pay a visit the grand Mosque. Lunch with a local family, and then on to San, where we overnight.DjenneDAY 4:After brekkie we head to the former capital of bambara kingdom, Segou. River trip and a traditional Mali lunch, then to visit the Bozo fishermen and explore their unique culture.Back to San to check out how they make their local millet beer! And then overnight in Segou.Segou, MaliDAY 5:We move to Manding country, to Siby, today. The home of the Mandinka, an ethnic group descending from the 13th century Malian empire. The highlight here is the Arch of Kamajan, a historic meeting point for soldiers, warriors, councils and people of knowledge all the way back in the 13th century.We’ll finish the day with a visit to the sacrificial graves and a Dogon dance will be organized in the village of Siby.DAY 6:Drive back to Bamako, where e board a traditional wooden boat, to enjoy the life of the Niger River, the third longest river of Africa; we will visit the sand port and the temporary fishermen villages and camp for the night.DAY 7:Back to Bamako for airport transfers outta here. Safe and sound (hopefully!).MALI TOUR PRICES:Brace yourself. Permits, ‘payments’ to officials, invitations, security bribes and of course a private charter flight in and out of Timbuktu means that the week long stay in Mali is going to cost us:$4,599USD. Ouch. I know.Only 14 spots available as 16 can fit on the plane. My fixer and I obviously take up spot number 15 and 16.What’s included?All accommodation (ranging from camping to 2* and 3* places. This isn’t Thailand folks, be ready!)All breakfastsAll transport, including a (super f*cking expensive) private charter flight into, and out of, TimbuktuA local, english-speaking guideA western guide (me!)All activities listedAll entrance fees listedAirport TransfersWhat’s not included?International airfare in and out of BamakoTravel insurance (mandatory! I actually recommend kidnap insurance for this trip too)Lunches and DinnersTips for local guidesVisa fee (paid to your nearest embassy when applying for your visa)Mali VisaYou have to earn this trip folks. My guys will get us our registrations and letter of invitations, and anything else we need. But, then we need to go to a Mali embassy to get the actual tourist visa.For me, in Bangkok, I too feel your pain. No embassy in Thailand, or in South East Asia. I have to fly either back to Ireland/UK for London, or to Delhi, in India. You can ask your nearest embassy do they allow postal applications, most do.Is Mali Safe To Visit?Bamako, the capital, is safe. Some of the West and North are safe-ish. Timbuktu and that region? No, not safe. You’re joining this trip is full awareness of that fact. If the flight gets grounded and doesn’t go, I’ll refund you guys everything I get refunded. It’s a risk we take with these trips, much like our Central African Republic trip and South Sudan trip last year. And what an epic trip that turned out to be!I’ll be taking every precaution to maximise safety, and I’m using my fixers that a former staff member has used multiple times for trips himself in Mali.How you can join my Mali Tour?Unfortunately, it’s invitation-only folks.Due to security threats, this will be offered to people who have traveled with my previously, or who have reached out with their real identities online. 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