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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Niamey Grand Mosque and Mosquee Cite Caisse. Step off the beaten path and head to Koure Giraffe Reserve and Ferme Youyou.

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Boston, USA to Niamey is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Niamey is 6 hours. In January, Niamey is warmer than Boston - with highs of 90°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time 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), make a trip to Bamako Grand Mosque, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national du Mali, Bamako, then browse the exhibits of Musee National de Bamako, and finally get to know the resident critters at Zoo National du Mali. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Bamako City Centre Market, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Bamako, then appreciate the history behind Monument de l"Independance, and finally 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. The time zone difference moving from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. In January in Bamako, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 62°F at night. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back 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.