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Camel Caravan tour in the Sahara Desert

11 days, including 7 days with a camel caravan

4 nights hotel, 6 nights camping

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Every tour is private, scheduled on dates of your choice, beginning on a Friday and ending on a Monday in Bamako; there are no fixed-date scheduled departures.

Contact us for prices. Groups of any size are welcome. Be sure to specify the month/year of travel, and how many persons are in your party—prices are digressive, so a better value per person for a party of four than a party of two, etc.

Regretfully this desert tour is temporarily unavailable, due to insecurity in the desert.

Day 1
Arrive in Bamako, MALI
Your international flight arrives in Bamako in the evening; airport-to-hotel transfer; overnight in Bamako
Grand Hotel, or similar (no meals)
Day 2
Bamako – Timbuktu (by air) – Sahara desert
Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight to Timbuktu; meet your Tuareg guide and your camel caravan, and depart into the desert; dinner and overnight camping in Ercle n'Walan oasis
camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3-7
Trekking by camel caravan :
Ouam, Awdeche El Batalah
Agani Albaa
Awreywir, Hassi, Bondeye
Tin Adare Tirikene
Nebkatte, Jamaa Tirikene
camping x5 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Return to Timbuktu
Continue to and arrive in Timbuktu at day's end; overnight in Timbuktu
Hotel Hendrina Khan, or similar Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9
Full day in Timbuktu to visit this former metropolis at the edge of the desert: visit the ancient mosques and former universities, the museum, the explorers' houses, the city market, the artisans' center; overnight in Timbuktu
Hotel Hendrina Khan, or similar Breakfast
Day 10
Timbuktu – Bamako (by air)
Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Bamako; check into your hotel day room and take the rest of the day at leisure; overnight in Bamako
Grand Hotel, or similar Breakfast
Day 11
Bamako / final departure
Bamako city tour in the morning: visit the Muso Kounda Museum, the city market, the artisans' village; in the evening, transfer to the airport
day-room Breakfast

NB: camping is no frills, sleeping on a ground mattress in a small tent; there are no campgrounds, so no running water, no latrines. Camping in Mali is not recommended for inexperienced campers.

NB: Domestic flights are subject to availability; if flights are not available, add two days for roundtrip overland transportation to/from Timbuktu.

NB: Hotels subject to availability.

Tour includes:
  • Bamako hotel, 2 nights double occupancy, with breakfast
  • Timbuktu hotel, 2 nights, double occupancy, with breakfast (B)
  • 6 nights camping in the desert; bring your sleeping bags, other camping gear provided
  • day-room in Bamako on the final day
  • domestic flights Bamako-Timbuktu and Timbuktu-Bamako (priced separately)
  • all airport transfers for domestic flights
  • all-inclusive desert excursion: camels, Tuareg guide, camp cook, all meals (as outlined above) and bottled mineral water in the desert
  • all hotel taxes, local tourism taxes and site visit fees, as per tour program
  • airport transfers upon international arrival and departure in Mali (Bamako)

Tour does not include international travel to/from Bamako; Mali visas; non-specified meals, drinks/bottled water; sleeping bags; tips and personal expenses.

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