Mali Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Mali

Where is it?: Mali is southwest of Algeria in northern Africa

Why do people go here?: Although home to the legendary Timbuktu, Mali has many other sites to offer the intrepid travel. From Dogon Country to ancient, medieval towns and archeological wonders, Mali has more than meets the eye.

What are the main entry points?: European flights come into Bamako, with a few smaller airlines flying into Gao or Timbuktu. You can travel overland into Mali, but you however avoid entering from Algeria.

Currency used: West African Franc

Country Code for Phones: 223

Religion: Muslim 90%, Christian 5%, and Indigenous 5%

Population: 13 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Mande 50%, Fulani 17%, Voltaic 12%, Songhai 6%

Government: Semi-presidential Republic

Languages: French, Bambara, Indigenous

Travel Information

Major Cities: Bamako, Gao

Attractions: Djenne, Dogon Country, Gao

Accommodation: Mali Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Mali Embassy

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Timbuktu, Segou

Health Issues: Malaria

When to go: October through February are the best times to visit Mali.

Common Phrases: Hello = Bonjour, How are you? = Comment allez-vous?, Good = Bien or Bon, Yes = Oui, Okay = D’accord or OK, No = Non, Thank you = Merci, Please = S’il vous plait, Goodbye = Au revoir

Specific Events/Holidays: Army Day: January 20, Africa Day: May 1, May 25, Independence Day: September 22, Various Islamic Holidays

Getting Around: Private tourist-like buses travel between major destinations.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Mali is the Bamako Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Mali travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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