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Population: 10.6 million
Language: French and Bambara
Major Cities: Menaka, Ansongo, Mopti,
Kayes, Sikasso, Bougouni
Area: 1,240,140 sq km
Currency: West African Franc (CFA)
Time Zone: GMT
International Dialling Code: +223
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A vast, landlocked country in the heart of
Northern Africa, Mali today is little known,
and seldom visited by tourists. And yet this
was once one of the richest nations on the
continent, and the heart of a great empire.
(See the history section on the main Africa
Probably it’s most famous city - Timbuktu -
stands proudly astride one of Africa’s great
rivers, the Niger. It’s a thriving, busy city,
with masses of character and appeal.
Elsewhere, in the famous Dogon Country,
people still live as they have for centuries,
in houses clinging to the edge of rocky cliffs,
and cultural rituals unique to this region.
The Niger River is the lifeblood of Mali, and
itself can be an interesting place to explore,
with colourful local fishing communities keen
to welcome visitors. Taking a boat trip can
be a memorable experience, but it’s best not
to plan your timetable too strictly, as it’s
common to encounter delays along the way.
At Djenne, marvel at the amazing mosque,
the largest mud-building in the world. If you
visit on a Monday, you’ll also experience one
of the liveliest & most atmospheric market’s
in northern Africa.
Like everywhere in this amazing country, the
people are extremely friendly, welcoming, &
will make you glad you came.