Mali tour, Mud Mosques and the Dogon

“Mali offers some of Africa's most distinct experiences, from mud mosques and Dogon mask dances to sacred crocodiles and ancient rock art."”


Bamako | Sikasso | Missirikoro cave mosque | Djenne | Mopti - the 'Venice of Mali' | Dogon country – rock paintings and sacred crocodiles | Segou | Niger River | Segoukoro

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

This tour travels through some very remote regions, many of which have barely been touched by the presence of humans, and we strongly believe in maintaining their pristine nature. We strive to ensure that we leave these areas as we find them and our team have been trained in strict no litter policies, meaning that we take all refuse to either be recycled or properly disposed of in nearby towns.

Similarly, in conjunction with our local team we work with hotels and guesthouses to implement best practices when it comes to environmental matters – again in some places this is far behind what we might be used to in other parts of the world. This includes basic things like not replacing towels each day, as well as saving electricity and turning lights off.

Our travelers are specifically briefed on not to buy souvenirs made from endangered species – people in remote parts of the country do not always have the same respect towards wildlife as most travelers will have, and can sometimes offer such things for sale. This also extends to bushmeat – it is quite common to find antelope, porcupine or even monkey served in restaurants, and we specifically advise our travelers against contributing to the depletion of local populations.

The Impacts of this Trip

As with many of the trips that we offer, this tour has a strong focus on local culture and different ethnic groups. Where possible we try to ensure that local people benefit from our presence.

We are careful not to disrupt the traditional way of life of the people that we meet. As a way to say thank you for allowing us to visit, we bring traditional gifts, such as sugar, tea and so on – we do not bring modern accoutrements that may change their way of life as we feel that it is important for all tribal groups that any move towards a more ‘modern’ lifestyle is made on their own terms and not imposed upon them. We give gifts to the elders of the villages who will then ensure that they are distributed appropriately, rather than just giving them to individuals, which can cause problems, jealousy and fights within small communities.

These are very traditional areas with certain codes of behaviour, and the people here are not that accustomed to outsiders. We ensure that our travelers are appropriately briefed in order so as not to offend local sensibilities.

We buy supplies from local people where this is feasible – usually meat and other foodstuffs, and try to have a positive economic impact upon the communities we visit.

We work with Malian drivers and guides, and at the end of each tour encourage our travelers to leave unwanted clothes that they can then distribute to their extended families. We do not encourage travelers to leave these for villagers in more remote regions as we feel it is important that they are able to maintain their traditional lifestyles, which have generally served them well throughout the centuries in often difficult environments. We do not feel that the emulation of western culture, of which western clothing is just the start, would be wholly beneficial for the local people.


1 Reviews of Mali tour, Mud Mosques and the Dogon

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Djenne with its huge mud mosque and Dogon Country with its culture and history together with the Treli villages built into the escarpment.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Travel as lightly as possible.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, unfortunately visitors are almost non-existent at the moment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Memorable. Mali is an outstanding country in terms of history and culture.

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