7 days in Niger & Mali Itinerary

7 days in Niger & Mali Itinerary

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Niamey, Niger
— 2 nights
Bamako, Mali
— 3 nights


Niamey, Niger

— 2 nights
The capital and largest city of Niger, Niamey serves as an administrative, cultural, and economic center on the Niger River.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koure Giraffe Reserve and Mosquee Cite Caisse. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger), stroll through Ferme Youyou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Niamey Grand Mosque, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

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Boston, USA to Niamey is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to West Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in January, with highs in Niamey at 90°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Niamey

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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Bamako, Mali

— 3 nights
Mali's capital and the fastest-growing city in Africa, Bamako acts as a major port, as well as a cultural and industrial center.
On the 5th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo National du Mali, then browse the exhibits of Musee National de Bamako, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national du Mali, Bamako, and finally make a trip to Bamako Grand Mosque. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Bamako, then hunt for treasures at Bamako City Centre Market, and then try to win big at Casino De L'amitie.

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Traveling by flight from Niamey to Bamako takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Niamey to Bamako due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 62°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games · Nature
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Niger travel guide

Museums · Flea Markets · Ruins
River of Song
Much of Niger consists of untouched landscapes, dotted here and there with old caravan towns and abandoned medieval settlements. The mountains of the north and the dunes of the center and south hold a captivating, enigmatic atmosphere, made even more memorable by the mud-brick architecture of the market towns developed over the centuries. Most visitors on vacation in Niger head to the southwest, where an abundance of protected areas rich in wildlife, some of the most scenic views of the Niger River, and the country's capital just beg to be explored.

Mali travel guide

National Parks · Flea Markets · Museums
Lively, cultured, and colorful Mali allows visitors to get familiar with African traditions and witness contemporary African art and lifestyles. Ancient empires built cities along the Niger River, leaving behind them knowledge, beliefs, and traditions, even as the architecture crumbled. Today, the country's world-renowned musical heritage has become central to tourism in Mali, with live performances of ngoni and kora music a highlight for many tourists exploring this west African nation.