Official Carrier of Bamako Encounters

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Located in the southwest of the country, on the north bank of the River Niger, Bamako is the capital of Mali.

With a population of 2,458,695 inhabitants in 2012, the town is the administrative heart of the country, an important river port and commercial center for neighboring countries. Erected in district, Bamako covers 1420 km2 in six urban municipalities, which are governed by elected mayors.

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Time zone

The time zone in Mali is GMT or UT (Universal Time)


The official language in Mali is French. Mali has thirty languages. Bambara is the most common language. Other spoken languages ​​are common and Halpulaar (Fula) and Songhai.

Climate :

Mali’s climate is characterized by three seasons throughout the year: a dry season which vary in length from north to south, from March to June; a wet season (winter) from June to September and a season marked by freshness, from October to February.

Temperatures are therefore lower in December and January, when the daily maximum is about 30 to 35 degrees; during the warmer months, temperatures can reach 40 degrees or more.

Generally, it is recommended to wear cotton clothing, easy to put on, limiting perspiration and dry quickly.

Local Currency

The local currency is the CFA (XOF), used by six other neighboring countries, all members of the currency area of ​​the countries of West Africa. Its value is in line with the Euro, or 655 CFA for 1 Euro.

The CFA franc will buy only on site and you can not trade it in return. Note that credit cards are rarely used in Mali.

Health and Vaccinations

The vaccine against yellow fever is mandatory for entry into Mali (valid for 10 years). It is recommended to check the validity of your vaccinations, such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio, essential to any trip. Are also recommended vaccinations against: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, tetanus, polio and meningitis.

It is strongly advised to check with your doctor about preventing malaria (malaria). This usually involves taking a preventative treatment during your stay (Malarone tablets for example)

Dietary precautions: Be sure to consume only boiled beverage (tea or coffee) and then in bottle (candy, beer, mineral water); do not eat anything raw that you would not have washed or peeled yourself.

Here is a list of suggested items to constitute aid kit. This list is not intended to replace the advice of a physician.

  • malaria tablets
  • an antidiarrheal
  • aspirin and / or acetaminophen
  • a decongestant, antihistamine or another medication for allergy
  • sanitizer wounds
  • tape and antibiotic ointment
  • rehydration drink (powder)
  • eye drops
  • a mosquito repellent
  • solar cream
  • lip salve
  • moisturizing skin cream

Formalities and visas

A visa is required for everyone except citizens of the following countries:

  • ECOWAS member countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Cameroon
  • Hong Kong
  • Morocco
  • Mauritania
  • Monaco
  • Chad
  • Tunisia
  • South Africa

If you need a visa, contact the Consulate or Embassy of Mali in your country for full information on the requirements for obtaining a visa Mali.

In the event that there would be no Consulate or Embassy of Mali in your country, please contact us to obtain a visa to enter Mali.

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Ministère de la Culture de l’Artisanat et du Tourisme du Mali