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Flights to Mali

image of MaliMali is Africa’s seventh largest country and is situated in West Africa in the Saharan region of the continent. Mali is a landlocked country and though one of the poorest nations in the world visitors will find much to see and do here.

Flights to Mali are served by the international airport in Bamako (airport code: BKO). Travelling to Mali from South Africa is indirect with at least one stop. Choose from Kenya Airways, South African Airways and Air France who provide one stop flights to Mali from South Africa. Other airlines, such as Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, KLM, British Airways, BMI, and Virgin Atlantic Airways, offer travellers two stop flights to Mali from South Africa.

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The Tourist Attractions of Mali:

Being such a poor country visitors should be aware that Mali does not have a great tourist infrastructure at this time. Hotels and other services are limited, which may put some travellers off of visiting, though this need not be the case. The limited tourist infrastructure is more than made up with by the Malian people’s friendly and welcoming nature.

The capital and largest city in Mali is Bamako. Being the capital, Bamako does have a good selection of hotels in a variety of star ratings, in addition to some nice places to eat, drink and enjoy and evening of fun!

Mali’s capital isn’t huge on tourist attractions though there’s enough here to keep you occupied for at least a day or two. Attractions include the Mali National Museum, which though not a huge place has some interesting exhibits all the same. The Bamako Botanical Gardens and nearby Bamako Zoo are popular, though some visitors may find the condition of the animals a little distressing. Good views over the city can be found, along with caves that contain rock paintings at Point G Hill.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Mali has an impressive four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in total. These are Timbuktu, the Cliff of Bandiagara, the Tomb of Askia and the Mosque of Djenne.

The Tuareg city of Timbuktu brings a small to the face of many a traveller, as it’s become synonymous in the English language to mean a distant and exotic land, which some visitors are surprised to find actually exists!

Since 1988 Timbuktu has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its important history and has a number of sites of interest including the Djinguereber Mosque, built in 1327, the Sidi Yahya Mosque, built in 1441, and the Sankore Mosque (aka Sankore University) built in the early 15th century.

The Cliff of Bandiagara
The large sandstone cliffs of the Bandiagara Escarpment are best known for their cave dwellings, built and inhabited by the ancient Tellem people, and later the Dogons. There are a number of separate villages along the cliff, and tourists can visit these with the aid of local guides.

Djenne Mosque and the Tomb of Askia
Both Djenne Mosque and the Tomb of Askia are mud-brick buildings. Djenne Mosque is actually the largest mud-brick building in the world, and quite an interesting sight! Askia Tomb, known as Askia Mosque locally because it is still used as a mosque, is a pyramid which was fashioned after the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

When Should You Visit?:

Mali has an arid climate in the north and sub-tropical in the south, though rainfall is minimal across the whole country. The rainy season is from June to December when flooding often occurs.

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