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Sail the Niger River—
a soft-adventure experience in the heart of West Africa


Sail one of Africa's great waterways–the Niger River–all the way to the edge of the Sahara Desert and the legendary city of Timbuktu !

Every tour is private, scheduled on dates of your choice; there are no fixed-date, scheduled group departures.

Sailing tours :
11-days Mali Explorer tour 2 days sailing, 2 nights camping
12-days Mali Sailing/Trekking tour 3 days sailing, 2 nights camping



This is not a luxury cruise but rather an "armchair adventure" — you will discover the Niger delta landscape with its varied bird life along the shore, hippos in the river and rural villages with beautiful mosques. Your guide will be on-hand to explain all the sights you will see, and you will be able to briefly visit various village ports-of-call.

Sailing from Segou to Mopti (or the reverse) is the usual itinerary; this generally takes three days of sailing, with two nights' camping on the river bank.

NB: this soft adventure requires bush-camping along the river bank, as there are no hotels, no campgrounds.

Other sailing options include a full-day sailing excursion, or a sunset sail on the Niger River, if camping is not for you.

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.



Overnight sailing excursions include:

  • private ground transportation from Bamako to Mopti
  • private pinnace with woven straw roof, latrine, outboard motor and crew
  • camp cook and meals while sailing
  • camping tents with ground mattresses; bring your sleeping bag
  • English-speaking guide



  • Beyond a sailing excursion, complete tour services include the above plus:

  • hotel accommodations for remainder of tour
  • continuing services of your guide for remainder of tour
  • visits and touring as per your tour program (to be determined)
  • private ground transportation for the ground tour and the return to Bamako
  • all hotel taxes and local tourism taxes



  • Optional: airport transfer upon arrival/departure in Mali



    Join us for an unforgettable experience — sailing the Niger river through the heart of West Africa !