Cultural West Africa - Mali and Burkina Faso

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How big are the groups?
What is included in the tour price?
What is not included in the tour price?
Are these “educational” tours?
How do we travel during the tour?
What are our accommodations like?
What about the weather?
When is payment due?
Is medical insurance required?
What should I take on the tour?
What meals are included?
Can you arrange my flights?
What if I would like more information?
 

How big are the groups?

Each group is limited to 16 participants. Small groups are an important ingredient in adventure travel. They allow for more interaction and more personalized service throughout the itinerary.

 

What is included in the tour price?

All accommodations throughout; all meals, starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with dinner on departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); bottled drinking water throughout the trip; all internal transportation; airport transfers on day 1 and departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); all day trips and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary; tips for hotels (porterage), bus driver, restaurants and spot guides; services of a trip leader. Please note that non-Muslims are not usually allowed to enter mosques and other Muslim holy sites.

 

What is not included in the tour price?

International flights, tips to ElderTreks tour leader, national guide, alcoholic drinks, visas and travel insurance.

 

Are these “educational” tours?

Yes, in the broadest sense of the word, “educational”. We visit museums, national parks and reserves and have talks and discussions on many aspects of history, culture and nature. But this is only a portion of the educational experience. We believe that it is equally educational to meet local people on a non-commercial basis, visit their homes and even try to learn a few words in the native language. Sometimes the most “educational” moments are spent sipping a cold drink in a street market.

 

How do we travel during the tour?

All local transportation is included in the land price of the trip. We travel by 4x4, jeeps, pinasse (50 foot wooden boat with motor engine), on foot during hikes and on camels in the desert.

 

What are our accommodations like?

We always stay in good accommodations at both hotels and lodges, where rooms have a private bath or shower. Several nights will be spent with basic accommodations (simple furnishings) which may or may not have private bathrooms or hot water. Single rooms cannot be guaranteed for these nights

 

What about the weather?

In Mali, the rainy season is from June to September, but it rains much less in the north. The hot season is from March to May, when temperatures can exceed 105˚F. In Burkina Faso, the temperature ranges between 95˚ and 104˚F between October and March when rainfall is minimal. From November to February, the Harmattan Wind blows with cooler, drier weather than during the long rains of June to October.

 

When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit of $500 or £300 GBP (plus insurance if you require it) is due at time of booking and will reserve your place on the tour. Payment of the full land cost is due 100 days before departure. Cancellation charges are applicable and are outlined in the “Terms and Conditions” section of our brochure.

 

Is medical insurance required?

Insurance coverage is not included in the cost of your trip. Please note that medical insurance is not required for this adventure but is recommended. ElderTreks offers comprehensive travel insurance and we are happy to provide you with a quote if you call our office. If you are purchasing insurance elsewhere, please ensure you provide the details to ElderTreks as soon as possible. *Please note those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions must take out travel insurance at the time of deposit

 

What should I take on the tour?

There is a detailed “What to Take” list in our Trip Kit, which we will send to you after you have booked the trip.

 

What meals are included?

All meals during the itinerary are included, starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with dinner on departure day. We eat a variety of local foods prepared in a wide range of settings.

In many cases, we simply order a number of dishes and share, allowing you to sample new foods and decide what you enjoy best.

 

Can you arrange my flights?

We would be happy to take care of your air arrangements. ElderTreks offers personalized flight itineraries — not group flights. Stop over enroute, come in a few days early, or extend your stay. Call us for a customized itinerary.

 

What if I would like more information?

If you have any further questions about the trip, please do not hesitate to contact our office for additional information.
A Trip Kit containing further details on the destination will be sent to you once you have booked the trip.

 

1-800-741-7956 North America  •  0808-234-1714 United Kingdom  •  416-588-5000 Worldwide
 
 

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