4 days in Niger & Mali Itinerary

4 days in Niger & Mali Itinerary

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Niamey, Niger
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Bamako, Mali
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Niamey, Niger

— 1 day
The capital and largest city of Niger, Niamey serves as an administrative, cultural, and economic center on the Niger River.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Niamey Grand Mosque and then explore the galleries of National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger).

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Niamey road trip planning website.

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. In January, Niamey is much hotter than Boston - with highs of 90°F and lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Niamey

Museums · Historic Sites

Bamako, Mali

— 2 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 3rd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Parc national du Mali, Bamako, explore the galleries of Musee National de Bamako, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo National du Mali, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Bamako.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bamako day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Niamey to Bamako takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Niamey to Bamako is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in January, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Niger travel guide

3.5
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

3.6
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.