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  • Henna tattoos

    As in many muslim countries women like to decorate themselves with henna tattoos for certain occasions.There are many designs and techniques. Here you can see some....

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  • Visa for other West African states...

    Bamako seems to be a good place to collect visas:Nigeria:Embassy is in Badaladougou area near the Avenue de l'OAU / rue 30,you can get a tourist visa in 1 day, price depends on your nationality, irish 56000 CFA, french 40000 CFA, austrian 31500 CFA....Niger:Honorary consulate is in Badaladougou area near the Pont du Roi Fahd,you can get a 30 day...

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  • Visa for Mali (november 2011)

    In Nouakchott, Mauritania you can get a 30 day visa at the same day for UM 1000 (~ € 25)In Dakar you get a 15 day visa for 15000 CFA (~ € 20) or a 30 day visa for 20000 CFA.

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  • Good Travel Company in Mali

    I can heartily endorse Donko Voyages. Owned by Amadou Traore, they handle everything from upmarket American tour groups to backpackers. The staff all speak excellent English and know the country well. Email contact is infos@donkovoyages.com I have travelled several times in Mali and Burkina Faso with them and all went very well. Great people and...

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  • Good tour guide for Mali & Dogon Country

    Moussa Timbine' is an excellent tour guide in Mali. He lives in Bamako but will go all over the country. He is also Dogon, and a wonderful guide for seeing Dogon country. His English is excellent.He has trained extensively for his job, and has a good understanding of different nationalities and what they expect as tourists. He is therefore in a...

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  • Sending things home - DHL

    Where others don't go...DHL does. I like to pack light and from time to time send things home.DHL has an office here in Bamako and can help you get things back to your doorstep. It is not the cheapest way to do it but it eliminates the need to check a bag and have the airline loose it.

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  • ATMs

    I read countless postings which said ATM access was limited. WRONG!!!!! The Govt. in a effort to encourage more tourism has improved things a bit and I was able to get cash from ATMs in Bamako (not next to a UN office or major hotel..down a regular street) and in Mopti. They took cards with the VISA symbol and I was able to take out the CFA...

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  • Mali Tours/Guides

    I am curious to which guide or tour you took to the Niger Festival? My husband and I are also going for 2 weeks to Mali and the festival on the Niger Jan/Feb, 2009. We are checking out Saga Tours and individual tour guides. Any information would be appreciated.

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  • A good guide, Dogon Country, etc., based...

    Dogon Country is a must, and having a good guide is essential. We lucked out when we arrived in Ségou. We met Boureima Kassogué, also known as Ibrahim from Djiguibombo, a Dogon himself, who became a big part of our trip. He guided us through the smaller villages near Ségou, then later through Dogon Country (4 days, 3 nights) and then arranged a...

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  • Yellow fever vaccination

    As yellow fever is endemic in West Africa it is prerequisite that you get vaccinated before you go there. In fact you need to show a vaccine certificate to get a visa. Otherwise forget it.Plan to get vaccinated at least 10 days before your trip starts (I would say months). The vaccine is done at your local health authorities (in my case in Athens...

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  • Health precautions before travelling

    Subsaharan african countries like Mali encounter several precautions:1. A Yellow Fever is prerequisite and its certificate is expected to be shown if asked. It lasts 10 years (so travel as much in Africa as you can during this period)2. Malaria prevention is essential. Malaria often a fatal disease if let untreated is prevalent throughout the year...

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  • Visa for Togo in Bamako

    If you need to get a visa for Togo here is the adress in Bamako for it. You can get a visa for 1 week at entry points to Togo ,but this saves the hassle of having to get an extension afterwards.Consulat HonoraireCentre CommercialImmeuble Babintou centerrue Luyautey Porte B10 Bamako MaliTel : 00 223 227 78 08A visa is issued on the spot in 1/2 hour...

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  • Market 1

    Markets are full of colours. However, even if you can find very cheap stuffs there, it is sometimes too expensive for many people. Some retailers are opening the boxes of pasta, rice, etc and sell small portions of them in plastic bags. A portion as big as a fist can satisfy the poorest for one day and costs around 100 CFA (20cents).

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  • The Atomic mushroom

    I was in Ouéléssédougou, between Bougouni and Bamako.Suddenly I saw this incredible cloud in front of me. It was no atomic bomb, but just a storm preparing to fall on the town.

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  • Africa, sunny and warm

    This was the best ever place i have been... people were kind, not in the big city, but in the small town. One thing is hard sometime is the difference of color ... cause they are blakc and i'm white... but when you talk with them they are kind and helpfull most part of the time.I have been there by car, this was a 20 days trip to Mali, but i must...

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  • From Kayes to the north to Mauritania

    From Kayes we had to go to Mauritania. We decided not to take the partly paved Nioro - Ayoun el Atrous route, but the tracks straight to the north in the direction of Kiffa. Concerning the map we should pass Aourou in Mali and Kankossa in Mauritania for the border formalities.It was a picturesque track, passing a wonderful landscape with baobab...

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  • Road from the Senegalese border to Kayes

    The main road from the Senegalese border to Kayes is 105 KM. It is an unpaved road of red earth. This main road is part of the route from Dakar to Bamako. Many overlanders, who travel from Europe to Capetown , take this route.There was enough traffic to colour our bodies and the inside of the car red of the dust, caused by all the dust clouds all...

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  • Senegalese-Malinese border Kidira-Diboli

    In 2004 we travelled from Senegal to Mali overland, taking the road from Tambacounda to Kayes. This is also the road when you travel from Dakar to Bamako.In Kidira, the Senegalese bordertown, you have first to get a stamp at the policepost, before you can cross the borderriver. This police post is not at the border, but somewhere else in town....

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  • Take Polaroids and Become an Instant...

    My friend Alison had the foresight to bring along a Polaroid camera. In the rural villages many, if not most, of the people have not had the opportunity to pose for a photo and actually see the result. Invariably people were delighted to see their images come to life on the polaroid film. Naturally, you would expect the children to be excited about...

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  • There is hope...

    ..Unfortunately Mali is rapidly being swallowed up by the desert, and is still suffering the aftershocks of an enormous drought. This has made it one of the five poorest countries in the world with a high infant mortality rate, extensive malnutrition, low levels of literacy, and a short life expectancy. There are quite a few organisations that are...

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  • Desertification

    About 65% of Mali is now desert or semi-desert and it is getting more and more. The rapid desertification of Mali is due to on-going droughts, over-grazing, topsoil erosion, harsh desert winds, and the scavenging of trees for firewood.

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  • Climate

    In the north of Mali - which is the desert - it is hot, hot, hot! It cools down a little toward the end of the year, but still it stays hot and there is almost no rainfall!The humid rainy season is June to September although this really only applies to the south. In the Sahel the rainfall is variable. Often there are the dusty Harmattan winds...

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  • People

    The largest ethnical group in Mali is the Bambara, who occupy many of the civil servant positions. The Dogons and the Tuareg live a more traditional life. The Tuareg, or 'blue men of the desert' (named for their indigo robes and turbans) are an ancient nomadic tribe.They are a proud race of people, famous for their fighting abilities and artwork....

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  • The children

    As with most places I visit, it was the people who captivated me most: The Dogon with their complicated lifestyle and animaist beliefs, the beautiful and majestic Fulani, the poor but friendly Bozo, the mysetrious and veiled Touareg. The children were happy and carefree and always approached us for bonbons,cadeaux and bics, but more often than not...

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  • Learn the numbers in Bambara.

    A t the local markets, of course you can speak French, but it's nice to know the numbers in Bambara and who knows ... maybe it gives you some advantage, when you are shopping.1 kilin2 fila3 saba4 naani5 doeroe6 wohroo7 wohroon wilah8 seeki9 koonontoo10 tan20 moekan30 bi saba40 bi naani100 kehmeh1000 waaen anni/niexample:1120 waa kilin ani kehmeh...

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  • Learn some words Bambara

    In Mali it's easy , if you can speak French.But if you travel around or visit small villages, it makes more fun to learn some Bambara words:Hallo -I ni tjee. Answer: M baa, i ni tjee (man), M see, i nitjee (woman)Good morning - I ni sohgohmaAnswer: M baa or M see, I ni soghoma Good afternoon ( 12-16 hour) -I ni tilleeAnswer: Mbaa or M see, I ni...

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  • Women

    Poverty in Mali is worse for women in both urban and rural settings. Young girls are often denied access to education. They marry early, and one out of every 10 women will die during childbirth. Many spend their lives bearing and rearing children. Genital mutilation ist still a common practise in Mali.This was a reason, why I wanted to sponsor a...

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  • Facts about Mali

    .Population: 11.4 million Capital City: Bamako National Language: French Per capita income: US$ 240/year Life expectancy: 51 years Access to safe drinking water: 65% Adequate sanitation facilities: 69% Under 5 mortality rate: 233/1,000 live births (Source: State of the World's Children 2002). The women we met! They were proud and pretty and were...

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  • Of Sand and Water

    The best thing to do in Mali is meeting people: Dogon carvers at their villages, fishers, traders at the lively markets, thousands of children, touaregs at Timbuktu... People, people and people, and may be through them re-discover the humanistic part of you, so dfficult to hear in our big cities. A little girl who took my hand at a village near...

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  • Travelling with Aliou

    If you come to Mali, you defenitly will need a guide to get to the interesting places. I was very lucky to find ALI, a nice guy, sincere, speaking english and with the highest social competence I ever met in the world. He showed me many interesting places in Bamako and other parts of Mali. We were hiking through DOGON land and had some nice days in...

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  • Mali - general

    Mali, a landlocked country in westafrica would be almost completely covered by the Sahara desert if there wouldn`t be the Niger river, which flows from west to east trough the country. Along this river you`ll find most of the touristic spots of Mali. In this region is Bamako, the relaxed captal. Further east there is Djenne, Mopti and the nearby...

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  • Mopti - next to some of the main...

    If you are visiting Mali, there is a great chance that you will spend some days in Mopti. Mopti is situated where the Bani river meets the Niger. Comming from Bamako, it takes about 7 hours by bus to go there.For travellers, Mopti is situated in a excellent position within Mali. It is the good leaving point for visiting Bandiagara (~4-5 hours by...

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  • Mali

    Up on a camel near Timbuktu, the mysterious city in the desert.... It'sometimes not easy to reach, and even harder to leave this city behind ;-)The best season to go to Timbuktu is after the rainy season, from october to january, when the Niger has enough water to go by boat to this town. The other touristic areas like Djenne or Bandiagara and the...

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  • Money

    Difficult to get money in Mali. Try to change all you need in Bamako, as visa cards and travellers cheques were either not accepted or not working elsewhere. Fees for travellers cheques are high, so cash is probably best bet. Only other option was Western Union

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  • The Niger : it's crosses the...

    The Niger crosses the whole Mali and it's vital to the Malian economy : there are lots of cultures around it. Moreover, it's magnificent and quiet.

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  • -trek along the Bandiagara...

    -trek along the Bandiagara cliff, in the Dogon country-go down the Niger river for three days in a pinasse en route to Tombouctou-not miss the monday market in Djenne-meet local people ... so friendly -In Dogon villages, sleeping on a rooftop, under the stars and in the shadow of the cliff-slowly going down the Niger River, three days of...

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  • Immerse yourself in the...

    Immerse yourself in the culture. The people. I've lost touch with them now and I'm feeling really guilty about it. Time to write some letters!

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  • Get a guide book. Go to an...

    Get a guide book. Go to an internet book store and get a couple of the higher rated ones. One of them should be 'Lonely Planet.' That is the very FIRST thing you should do. They will give you details of accomodations from the cheapest to the best. They will tell you about climate, when to go, history, facts, etc. I will try to tell you things that...

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  • The trip begin in Bamako,...

    The trip begin in Bamako, where I recommend to stay 1 day. (Djénné or Mandé hotel) To travel I recommend to use Bittar trans (bus relatively on time)The next step is Segou (240km to Bamako): quiet city, with pottery village (at the other side of the river). You can use a 'pirogue' and have a 3,4 hours promenade.hotel : L'auberge , the boss Ziad is...

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  • wuestensohn's General Tip

    along with me came a tuareg friend keen on seeing the road himself. our stops were in nomad straw huts and tents where we were welcomed with all the respect due to travelling within the tamashaq society. so we ate like nobles untill arriving in gao where the diet changed to normal tourist cuisine. before getting there we sold our animals in the...

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  • Mali is a very poor country,...

    Mali is a very poor country, but people there just seem to be happy. They're easily laughing, joking, talking. It's interesting to talk to people when you're there, understand the way they live and think.

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  • The huge Niger river, along...

    The huge Niger river, along with the many amazing, historic towns are definitely the highlight of Mali (and of all of West Africa as well).

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  • The huge Niger river, along...

    The huge Niger river, along with the many amazing, historic towns are definitely the highlight of Mali (and of all of West Africa as well).

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  • Go to Djenne. Preferably when...

    Go to Djenne. Preferably when river is high and take a pirogue out into the Niger interior delta. The skyline of Djenne is incredible.Hiking in Dogon country is truly a memorable experience not to be missed. Spectacular nature, great hiking, intriguing people, villages and customs. The vibrant chaos. Everyday life with my family.

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  • Take a trip to the...

    Take a trip to the Dogon-country. Walking from village to village you become a part of the Dogon. A fantastic area where you really should visit (if possible) a mask-dance! Also you must visit the legendary town of Timbouctou!

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Mali Hotels

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  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako

    ACI 2000, Hamdallaye, (formerly Radisson SAS), Bamako, 2566, Mali

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Mirabeau

    Quartier du fleuve - rue 311, Bamako, BP E 3506, Mali

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Laico l'Amitie Hotel

    Now Libyan owned and abandoned by the Sofitel hotel chain, the lobby in the late afternoon and...

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