MALI TRAVEL GUIDE
Once the vital link on the trans-Saharan salt and gold trade route, Mali came into a lot of riches and the tales say that the streets of Timbuktu, Djenne and Gao were paved with gold. But that was more than 600 years ago. Today, Mali has one of the weakest economies in the world and Nature hasn’t come to her aid either. Famine and drought of epic proportions has taken a severe toll in the 1970s and 1980s. The government has settled down to the mammoth task ahead and the good news is that tourism is on its priority list.
Travel to Northern Mali remains extremely dangerous and is therefore strongly discouraged. Violent crime, such as kidnapping and armed robbery, is common in the regions of northern and central Mali.
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MALI QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Bamako
- Currency: CFA franc (XOF)
- Area: 1.24 million km²
- Population: 19,08 million (2018)
- Language: French (official), Bambara 80%, numerous African languages
- Religion: Muslim 90%, indigenous beliefs 9%, Christian 1%
- Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (European plug)
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MALI PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 20 January, Armed Forces Day
- 26 March, Martyrs’ Day/Democracy Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 25 May, Africa Day
- 22 September, Independence Day
Also, Maulid an-Nabi, Easter Monday, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.
MALI WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Mali spans four different eco‐climatic zones: Sahara, Sahelian, Sudanian and Sudanian‐Guinean with an average annual precipitation ranging between 100 and 1700 mm. It presents only one rainy season entirely limited to the summer, which lasts up to six months in the South and decreases to two months in the North. These zones have sufficient rainfall, fertile soils, and offer possibilities for agriculture and livestock integration. Rainfall is controlled in large part by oscillation of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) across the northern and southern African continent, which brings rainfall to southern Mali between June and October.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN MALI
Hiking may not immediately come to mind when you think of Mali, but in Dogon Country it’s one of the best ways to get to know the people and the landscape. Walking along sandstone cliffs and weaving through local villages to see ancient dwellings and meet the people of the Dogon tribe is one of Mali’s most memorable experiences. October, November, December and January are the best times to enjoy outdoor activities in Mali.
HEALTH RISKS IN MALI
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.