Getting there: regular flights via Air France, Kenya Airlines, or Royal Air Maroc to Bamako-Sénou Airport
What to see: Bamako, Timbuktu, Mopti, Dogon country and the Bandiagara escarpment
Currency: CFA franc
Official language(s): French, Bambara
TRAVEL ADVISORY: As of this writing in 2017, Mali continues to be listed as a "no-go" in many international travel advisories due to extremist attacks.
Now, and in the near future, those planning to travel to Mali would be wise to monitor Mali travel advisories closley especially in the northern regions of Gao, Kidal, and Timbuktu.
on many top lists of African countries to visit even times of peace, Mali has its
own unique charm and culture with a friendly disposition and welcoming
Add to that
stunning desert views, hikes along the world-renowned Bandiagara
Escarpment, and camel treks from, of all places - the legendary Timbuktu!
country in West Africa, Mali is officially French speaking - especially
in and around its capital city, Bamako - where the Musée
National, the colorful markets, zoo & botanical gardens and
the Maison des Artisans provide a colorful introduction to the
from Bamako to the fabled Timbuktu lies Mopti, the "Venice of Mali" and a center of
tourism made up of three islands (pack the mosquito repellent)
at the junction of the Niger and Bani Rivers.
and colorful market town, Mopti also serves as a jumping-off point
to Dogon Country, home to the original settlers of the Niger river
valley and where villages are built into the cliffs of the breathtaking 125-mile long
Bandiagara escarpment, today declared a World Heritage site by
no visit to Mali would be complete without an excursion to Timbuktu which, despite its reputation for lying near the ends of the earth,
is very accessible to the modern traveler. Once a major center
along the Saharan trade route and a great
seat of Islamic learning, Timbuktu not only holds "bragging
rights" for having visited there, but architectural attractions
including exquisitely beautiful mosques and tombs dating to the
travel guide - Here's more detailed information from Wikitravel with
a list of major attractions, advice on getting around by car,
train or boat plus insider safety & travel tips, maps &