WHY VISIT MALI
Although Mali may be one of the poorest countries in the world, the beauty of its land and the kindness of its people make it a popular destination.
The capital, Bamako, hums with life and music; visit the market where you can find just about anything you could wish for, also the crafts centre, the antique village and the National Museum with its many treasures.
Timbuktu, very different from the other towns along the Niger, has a mysterious and subtle charm, lost in the desert and invaded little by little by the sands.
Djenné, in the Niger delta, becomes an island during the rainy season. You will admire its houses made of earth with their ornately decorated doorways and the slanted mosque in the desert.
A particular “must see” place is the Dogon country which has a unique culture. The houses of pink sandstone, the mask festival in April and the market are some of the marvels you can discover all along the cliffs at Bandiagara spread along 130 kilometres.
Take the time to take a boat trip along the Niger to discover the towns along its banks. San with its otherworldly calm, Mopti and its multicoloured market, Gao with its mosque and the unforgettable landscapes you will see along the “river of rivers”.
WHAT TO SEE IN MALI
WHEN TO GO TO MALI
The best period to visit Mali is from November to January.
Mali’s climate is characterised by high temperatures throughout the year, especially in the north where rain is either absent or very rare. The temperature in Timbuktu can reach up to 50°C.
There is however a wet season in the south between June and September. Nights in particular can be relatively cool in certain areas (13°C in January in Gao). When planning your visit to Mali you are better to choose the period from October to February, preferably November. Try to avoid the dry season from March to May.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Mali.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH MALI
For internal transport buses are a good choice being both inexpensive and regular.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON MALI
health tips & vaccination: a vaccination against yellow fever is obligatory and those for typhoid and hepatitis A and B are highly recommended. Prepare a good first aid kit and take normal precautions during your visit; do not drink tap water, avoid dairy products, wash your hands well before meals and do not bathe in stagnant water.
local currency: CFA Franc
local time zone: GMT+0
electricity: type C and type E (220 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN MALI
typical food in Mali
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