Mali - Tours & Adventure Travel Guide
“Mali is a new hot spot for visitors, alive with the promises of ancient tombs and exotic local cuisine. It offers one of the most unique holiday experiences imaginable featuring such sights as mud-built mosques, the legendary Timbuktu, and villages carved into cliffs. Mali has a wide expanse of desert land, being in the Sahara, with vibrant markets filled with friendly people.”
Mali Holiday Highlights
Culture - Although there is much to see in Mali, its mosques are perhaps the most impressive sights. Timbuktu in particular is known to be dotted with these beautiful places of worship such as the Sidi Yahaya, Sankore and Djingerebur, and the Kankan Moussa in the ancient city of Gao is a must see. The San and Segou region is also home to several beautiful mosques but the star attraction is actually the Grande Mosquee. Known as the “Jewel of the Niger, Djenne” it is the largest mud brick building in the world and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Walking & Trekking - Mali has some has some excellent walking and hiking trails including the Bandiagara escarpment in the Dogon country. The trips are scheduled from Mopti, Bandiagara and Bankass. With a trained professional guide you will be able to have the experience of a lifetime.
Wildlife & Nature - There is a good range of wildlife in Mali, with local parks to make getting a glimpse of these creatures easier. Amongst the most popular wildlife consortium is the La Boucle de Baoule National Park that features animals from southern Sahelian including everything from the ‘gigantic’ giraffe to the lazy hippo.
History & Sightseeing - Amongst the many historical sights that have brought the region of Mali fame are the ancient villages that carved into the cliffs of Bandiagara. The Dogons are credited for chiseling their homes into the cliffside that serves as an awe-inspiring reminder of this ancient tribe. This truly spectacular village has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of Mali’s most popular attractions.
Markets & Shopping - Mali’s markets have earned a reputation of being full of life with various kinds of traditional commodities. Mopti’s town center called the Marché des Souvenirs is a renowned market place often frequented by travelers. Mali’s capital of Bamako also has a huge market full of traditional gift shops and other local specialties.
Dining & Nightlife - The unique cuisine of Mali makes eating out just as much fun as exploring the markets themselves. You will find great places to eat in every market as locals consider the regions cuisine a celebrated tradition.
When To Go
The cooler season runs from October to February, it is very hot from April to June and wet from July to August.
- Check the advice prior to traveling to the west of Timbuktu, Gao Ansongo and Labbezanga.
- Mali is a Muslim country and visitors should pay attention to their attire, avoiding short skirts/shorts and tight clothing.
- Bargaining is commonplace in the markets of Mali so feel free to try you luck at getting a great deal.
- Exploring the beautiful mosques around the countryside like the Djingerebur, Sankore and Sidi Yahaya.
- Visiting the many historical sights, such as the Cliffs of Bandiagara.
- Seeing giraffe, lions, buffaloes, and hippopotami at The National Park of La Boucle de Baoule.