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Destinations in Mali

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Regions in Mali

Southern Mali


Koulikoro – Because it contains the capital, Bamako, it is by far Mali’s most populated province.

Mopti – The majority of Mali’s travel treasures are centered in this region: Hombori’s distinctive rock formations, Djenné’s architecture, and Dogon Country’s magnificent escarpment settlements.



Northern Mali

Gao – This area, which borders Niger, is home to ethnic Songhai, Tuareg, Tadaksahak, and Zarma groups. Dry, although not as arid as some of the northern states.

Kidal – The extremely distant annual Saharan Nights celebration in Essouk, Mali’s most isolated Saharan area, with a tiny community of Tuareg nomads.

Timbuktu (Tombouctou) – The village is a unique Tuareg desert trade hub, and close is the wonderful Festival of the Desert in Essakane, so the name isn’t the only incentive to go.

Cities in Mali

  • Bamako — Bamako is the bustling capital and biggest city in Mali, as well as Africa’s fastest expanding metropolis, having a strong claim to be the music capital of the continent.
  • Gao — Gao is a tiny city in the extreme east of the nation on the Niger River, which was formerly the capital of the Songhai Empire and is now home to the Tomb of Askia.
  • Kayes — Mali’s westernmost major city, located near the Senegalese border, is well renowned for being Africa’s hottest continually inhabited place.
  • Kidal — Kidal is a rural Tuareg city known for being a hotbed of Tuareg insurgency and Al Qaeda involvement.
  • Mopti — Mopti is a city in the middle of the Niger River that spans three islands and serves as the entrance to Dogon Country.
  • Ségou — The Bamana Empire’s former capital and Mali’s third biggest city.
  • Sikasso — The capital of the Kénédougou Empire and Mali’s second biggest city.
  • Timbuktu — The fabled Saharan city of gold, trans-Saharan commerce, and Islamic learning is today a (quite commercialized) cultural center for the Tuaregs.

Other destinations in Mali

  • Adrar des Ifoghas — a sandstone plateau in the Sahara with rock art, centuries-old salt mines, and an unusual variety of animals
  • Dogon Country —Any tourist to Mali should not miss a walk through this landscape of dispersed cliff-side settlements. The world-famous Bandiagara Escarpment has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Djenné — This tiny village of multi-story mud structures, formerly a religious and economic center to rival Timbuktu, is certainly a sight. UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site. With its smooth texture, rounded contours, and melancholy coloration, seeing Djenné from a rooftop provides an interesting and distinctive scene. It also has the world’s biggest mosque, which is entirely constructed of mud and is repaired by the community every year following the wet season.
  • The Niger Inland Delta is a large floodplain where the Niger River divides into numerous tributaries, forming a massive lake on the outskirts of the desert during the wet season.

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