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4WD Sahara Desert tour :

Timbuktu - Araouane - Timbuktu

by 4-wheel drive vehicle

7 days / 3 nights hotel, 3 nights camping

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Every tour is private
, scheduled on dates of your choice, beginning on a Friday and ending on a Thursday 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
Arrival in Bamako
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 depart into the desert by 4-WD vehicle; dinner and overnight camping at the beautiful oasis Dweya
camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Sahara desert – Araouane
Continue to Lahseïni and N'Karibat, where you will meet the Tuareg residents of these desert oases; lunch and rest stop at Taganet; then continue to Araouane, arriving around sunset; experience desert hospitality with a welcome dinner hosted by the village chief; overnight camping
camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Araouane – Sahara desert
Visit Araouane in the morning; after lunch depart to Bou'Ddjebeha; you will cross the most beautiful section of the Azaouad plateau, with undulating sand dunes stretching to the horizon; arrive in Bou'Djebeha in the late afternoon; welcome dinner with the village chief; overnight camping
camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Sahara desert – Timbuktu
Departure after breakfast; around noon arrive at Tin Téhoun oasis for a rest stop and lunch; then continue and arrive in Timbuktu at day's end; overnight in Timbuktu
Hotel Hendrina Khan,
or similar
Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
Timbuktu – Bamako (by air)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bamako; check into your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure; overnight in Bamako
Grand Hotel,
or similar
Day 7
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, 1 night, double occupancy, with breakfast (B)
  • 3 nights camping in the desert; bring your sleeping bags, other camping gear provided
  • all-inclusive desert excursion: 4-WD desert vehicles with fuel and drivers; Tuareg desert guide; camp cook; all meals (outlined above) and bottled mineral water in the desert
  • military escort in the desert
  • all hotel taxes, local tourism taxes and site visit fees, as per tour program
  • airport transfers for international arrival and departure in Mali (Bamako)

The price 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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