Monday, December 6, 2021


Mali Flag

"Mali Empire"

Why visit Mali?
For the seasoned adventurous traveler seeking to experience Africa's ancient artifacts, desert landscapes, festivals, markets, tribal dance, wildlife.

At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Blankets, indigo cloth, leather goods, multicolored beads, pottery, and wood carvings.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Alabadja (meat dish). Bouille (dessert). Jollof Rice. Maafe (peanut stew). Tiguadege Na (national dish).
  • Local Drink to Try: Djablani (ginger juice). Malian Tea.

Fun Facts
  • Eighth largest West African country.
  • French is the official language. Over 40 African languages also are spoken throughout.
  • The country's economy revolves around agriculture and mining. 
  • Africa's third largest producer of gold.
  • Folklore says the Sundiata Keita (1190-1255), First Emperor changed himself into a hippopotamus upon his death (Sankarani River).
  • Amongst one of the hottest countries in the world.
  • Culturally, married women are blamed for their spouses appearance and misbehaved children.
  • Children play with bundles of rags shaped like a ball.

Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Gouin Festival, (February) Desert Festival,
    Diamwari Festival, Segou Festival, (March) Daoula-Ba Festival, (April) Dogon Mask Festival, and (June) International Rails Festival.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Armed Forces Day, Martyrs' Day, Easter Monday, Workers' Day, Africa Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day, Mawlid, Prophet's Baptism, Korit√©, and Tabaski.

Good to Know
  • Slavery remains in practice.
  • The Rainy Season is April - October.
  • Prone to droughts.
  • Largely exports cotton.
  • High rate of child malnutrition.
  • Gender inequality exists.
  • Terrorists groups are prevelant.
  • Kidnapping of tourists is a known concern.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • ATM's are not widely available.
  • Child marriage is practiced.
  • Medication, medical facilities and treatment is very limited.
  • Prevalent diseases: Malaria, Rabies, Meningococcal Meningitis, and Yellow Fever.
This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA required.
  • Yellow Fever vaccination required. 

Prone to floods, high humidity and windstorms.

  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • Coolest Months: November - February
  • Hottest Months: March - May
  • Peak Season: August - September

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Old Towns of Djenn√©, Timbuktu, and Tomb of Askia.

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