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Camel Caravan expedition in the Sahara Desert

Timbuktu - Araouane - Timbuktu

22 days, including 14 days with a camel caravan

6 nights hotel, 15 nights camping

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Every tour is private, scheduled on dates of your choice, beginning 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
Morning flight to Timbuktu; meet your Tuareg guide and your camel caravan, and depart into the Sahara Desert; dinner and overnight camping at Ouma Dawach oasis
camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3-10
In the Sahara Desert, vast ocean of sand; overnight camping on the dunes.
D3: Agouni, Timbaguane
D4: Amagouna, Elb Eradma
D5: Adwayatte, Anahratte
D6: Alb Azaa, Lahseyni
D7: Oasis Alkarim
D8: Nebkette Alagareb, arrive in Araouane
camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 11-16
Return by camel caravan to Timbuktu, with overnight camping on the dunes.
D11: Egrane, Elb Ahanis
D12: Nbatte Mossafi, Nebkette oule Gnere
D13: Ebah Essana, Alhahla Tomgahrane
D14: Atilitte ould Mahame Albayaga
D15: Inastal, Nebkette, Aloufa
D16: Laksayare, Tirrikene
camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17
Arrive in Timbuktu at day's end; overnight in Timbuktu
Hotel Hendrina Khan,
or similar
Breakfast, Lunch
Days 18-20
Full days in Timbuktu, to visit this legendary city and center of Islamic scholarship on the edge of the desert; visit the old mosques (former universities), the museum containing hundreds of ancient manuscripts, the explorers' houses, the city market, the artisans' center; option: excursion on the Niger River in a traditional pirogue to see hippos; overnight in Timbuktu
Hotel Hendrina Khan,
or similar
Day 21
Timbuktu – Bamako (by air)
Early morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to Bamako; check into your hotel and take the rest of the day at leisure; overnight in Bamako
Grand Hotel,
or similar
Day 22
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
  • day-room in Bamako on the final day
  • domestic airfare Bamako-Timbuktu and Timbuktu-Bamako (priced separately)
  • all airport transfers for domestic flights
  • Timbuktu hotel, 4 nights, double occupancy, with breakfast (B)
  • 15 nights camping in the desert and desert towns; bring your sleeping bags, other camping gear provided
  • all-inclusive desert excursion: Tuareg desert guide, camels, camp cook; all meals in the desert (as outlined above)
  • all hotel taxes, local tourism taxes and site visit fees, as per tour program
  • airport transfers upon international arrival and departure in Mali (Bamako)

Optional excursion on the river to see the hippos: 150 Euros

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

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