Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 5, 2017

The Wonders of Mali


It is a wonderful thing that we can explore interesting places while sitting comfortably in our armchairs and enjoy the sites on our PCs. It is unfortunate that I just read about a terrorist attack on a resort in Mali. However I thought I would introduce this country to you and then you can put it on your travel lists so once things settle down and hopefully a time comes when you can travel freely you’ll already know where you want to go and what you want to see.

Mali in Western Africa is officially known as the Republic of Mali. This is a landlocked country and the eighth-largest country in Africa.

Bamako Capital of Mali

mali bamako

Bamako is a vibrant and active city. It is the largest in Mali. Here you can listen to West African samba and sample grilled plantains.

mali musee national

Visit the small but interesting Musee National. Here you can see on display lovely ethnographic pieces from many of Mali’s ethnic groups. There are wooden masks, carvings, contemporary marionettes and ancient textiles. Visitors also delight in models of famous mud mosques. There are English speaking  guides available. At the gift shop you can purchase books, postcards, refrigerator magnets and handicrafts. Relax at the cafe and drink some refreshing ginger juice.

mali market

Take a look at the charming and colorful market Marche de Medina. This is a great place to buy second-hand clothes. Here you can get your hair braided and your hands and feet decorated with henna.

mali zoo

The National Zoo of Mali is a lovely park. It is home to many animals like lions, elephants, monkeys, turtles, ostrich, pelicans and a variety of fish species.

mali zoo lion

The interesting habitats include trees and hammocks for chimpanzees, a small forest and artificial river for lions and natural habitats designed for deer, buffalo and ostrich.

mali mosque

Visitors are impressed by the big and beautiful Grand Mosque of Bamako. The mosque is open for mid-day prayers. To enter you must be properly dressed and women covered from head to toe.

mali ParcNationalduMali1

Nearby the zoo and the National Museum is the expansive Parc National du Mali. The park is a bit outside of the city center and is a great place to get away from it all and relax. Here you can go strolling, take outdoor exercise and have picnics. There is a lovely stream flowing through the park. There are many cafes, food shacks and a restaurant on the premises. The huge trees offer welcoming shade from sun.

Exploring Mali

mali timbuktu

Timbuktu was the place where Berber traders and Bedouin caravan men came to when their journey across the great Sahara ended.

mali timbuktu mosque

Here you can see sand covered streets, the muddy walls of the Sankore Mosque and so much more.

mali gao mosque

Gao was once the heart of the great Songhai Empire. Later the town was abandoned and the capital moved to Timuktu. Then life continued and today you can see mud-brick built yurts.

mali Gao_Askia_s_Tomb

Here visitors can visit craft markets, see the acclaimed Sahel Museum and 15th century sepulchers such as the Askia Tomb.

mali Grand-Mosque-Djenne-Mali

A most impressive and historic city is Djenne. The city is known for its distinctive mud-brick architecture and it has a long history as a place on the old caravan routes across the Sahel and Sahara. The city boomed in the 15th and 16th centuries due to minerals and precious metals.

mali mopti

Mopti is one of Mali’s most important riparian ports. It has a strategic location where the Bani River meets the might Niger. It is also the gateway to the amazing tribal territories of Dogon, dotted with adobe villages and the semi-nomadic people

mali mopti bandiagara escarpment

of the Badiagara Escarpment. Here visitors can find many different trips offered such as treks into the wild hinterland for cultural knowledge, boat trip to Timbuktu and sightseeing trips around marketplaces and grand central mosques.

mali mount hombori

The great escarpment of rock known as Mount Hombori rises like a wall of ochre-hued stone in the Sahelian wilds of south-central Mali. It shadows the town with the same name. Here you’ll find winding alleyways and the low-rise rock homes of the Dogon people. Here visitors come to view the rock itself, take excursions into the sands and check you some of the newly unearthed caves.

mali sikasso

The mercantile town of Sikasso is most welcoming. It borders close to the multi-state join of Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and Guinea. It helps to connect Africa’s landlocked countries with the ports along the Atlantic seaboard. Here you’ll find fruit and vegetable markets. Here you’ll find Mamelon Hill.

215 Laundry day along the Senegal river, Kayes, Mali

Arriving at the Senegal River visitors will find Kayes a bustling market town. It was built by the French in the 1880s and was the first place to facilitate movement of produce to and from neighboring West African countries.

mali kayes gouina falls 2

Many interesting Parisian-style buildings. Away from the town you can enjoy Felou Falls, the roaring cataracts of the Gouina Falls and the relics of Medina Fort.

mali boucle

The Boucle du Baoule National Park stretches for almost over one million hectares in the middle of the Sudano-Guinean zone of West Africa. This park is the jewel of the Malian hinterland. It is close to the town of Kayes.

mali boucle 2

Here you can find rising ridges of Sahelian rocks and the remains of many pre-historic troglodyte settlements. You can expect to see giraffes and rare simians, gazelles and at times lions.

Google images safe search


  1. Crystal of wanted to tell you I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: