The Republic of Mali, commonly known as simply Mali, is a country located in West Asia. Mali is completely surrounded by the countries of Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal, making it one of the few landlocked countries in the world. The largest city and capital is Bamako.
What to see & do
Great Mosque of Djenné - The Great Mosque of Djenné is a large banco or adobe building located in the city of Djenné. The mosque is known to many architects as one of the greatest achievements of the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style. It was built on a platform measuring 75 m x 75 m, raised by 3 m above the level of the nearby marketplace. The Great Mosque is the centre of Djenné and is one of the most famous landmarks in Africa.
Festival au Désert - The Festival in the Desert, colloquially called Festival au Désert, is an annual concert in Mali. The event features traditional Tuareg music, with some examples of music from around the world. Unfortunately, the Festival has continued to be postponed since the supposed 2013 festival due to the Northern Mali conflict. A few documentary films about the Festival in the Desert, including The Last Song Before the War and Woodstock in Timbuktu.
Boucle du Baoulé National Park - The Boucle du Baoulé National Park is a national park and biosphere reserve situated about 200 kilometres northwest of Bamako. It encompasses an area of 25,330 square kilometres with two biogeographic zones: the south is the Sudano-Guinean zone and the north is the Sahelian zone. The park, though very little, contains large wildlife. Boucle du Baoulé National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on September 1999 and is known for its prehistoric rock art and tombs.
How to get around
Buses are the main public transportation that link the main cities, namely Bamako, Segou, San, Mopti, and Gao. Mali is served by several bus companies, but the fares are generally the same or close. It is advisable to make reservations prior to the trip, especially during the tourist season. Bush taxis, or Taxi-Brouse, are able to provide service to the areas that aren't connected by bus. Taxi-Brouse do not run on a set schedule which means two things; that you do not need to set a reservation and can just show up anytime at the station or sit by the roadside, and that the journey is more likely to take longer. Taxis are abundant in the main cities and are the most convenient way of getting around without having to learn the public transport system. Negotiate the price before getting in to avoid being overcharged. Taxi drivers will expect you to give directions along the way, so inform them beforehand if you do not know the way either.
How to get there
The main airport serving Mali is Bamako–Sénou International Airport, located some 15 kilometres south of downtown Bamako. The airport is served by Aigle Azur, Air Algérie, Air Burkina, Air Côte d'Ivoire, Air France, ASKY Airlines, Douniah Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Interair South Africa, Kenya Airways, Mauritania Airlines International, Royal Air Maroc, Sénégal Airlines, TAP Portugal, Tunisair, and Turkish Airlines. There are flights to Mali from Paris, Algiers, Dakar, Ouagadougou, Abidjan, Accra, Dakar, Lomé, Cotonou, Lagos, Nairobi, Nouakchott, Casablanca, Niamey, Lisbon, Tunis, and Istanbul.