Mali

Fast facts

Mali provides an adventure that you will not experience in any other place on earth.  Mali offers culture, history, art and architecture and has played an important role in great African empires of the past. Visiting legendary attractions like the city of Timbuktu, the Djenne mosque, and the Niger River will keep you busy and intrigued. Another group of attractions include the imposing sight of the Niger River at Koulikoro and a trek down Dogon Country which will capture your imagination. Evidence such as paintings on rocks and different carvings point to mans early existence in the Gao and Timbuktu area. Centrally located, Mali became important during the trans-Saharan trade of slaves, gold, salt, and many other precious items. Bamako is the capital of Mali and is the largest city lying on the Niger River.

AREA 1 240 140 sq km
CAPITAL Bamako (city pop. 1.8 million / Greater Bamako pop. 2.75 million)
FAMOUS FOR Timbuktu / the Dogon people / Mosque of Djenne / Mopti Mosque / The River Niger / Music & Festivals
COUNTRY CODE 233
BORDERS Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal
LANGUAGES French and Bambara
PRESIDENT

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

GOVERNMENT Semi presidential republic
PEOPLE The Bambara are by far the largest single ethnic group, making up 36.5% of the population.  Collectively, the Bambara, Soninke, Hkassonke, and Malinke, all part of the broader Mande group, constitute 50% of Mali's population. Other significant groups are the Peul (17%), Voltaic (12%), Songhai (6%), and Tuareg and Moor (10%).
RELIGION 90% Muslim (mostly Sunni and Sufi), approximately 5% are Christian (about two-thirds Roman Catholic and one-third Protestant) and the remaining 5% adhere to indigenous or traditional beliefs.
CLIMATE

Best time to visit Mali: Nov to Jan as temperatures are cooler

Wet season: Jun to Sep

Hot season: Feb - Jun and Sep - Oct

 

TIME ZONE GMT / UTC
MAJOR INDUSTRIES

TBA

MONEY West African CFA (XOF); USD1 = XOF550 / EUR1 = XOF656
POPULATION 14.5 million 
VISAS Visas are required by most foreign nationals visiting Mali. Applications are done at the Mali Embassy or Consulate in your country.