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Mali is made up of two climatic
regions, Sudanese and Sahelian, with the city of Keyes roughly the meeting
point. Average annual rainfall in the south of the Sudanese regions is about 55
inches and in the north, where it borders the desert, only 8 inches. In the
Sahelian region there are considerable variations of temperature, especially in
April, May and June, the period of maximum heat, and in December, when the hot,
dry harmattan blows. The average temperature is 30°C (86°F). Continuing
north through the Sahelian regions, one gradually enters into a Saharan climate
marked by the virtual absence of rain and an extremely dry atmosphere. Over 40%
of the country is, in fact, desert, and unsuitable for agriculture. The year is
divided into three main seasons varying in length according to the latitude:
November - February, cool and dry; March to May, hot and dry; and June to
October, a season of rains characterised by lower temperatures and an increase
Climate Chart for Bamako
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LATEST TRAVEL ADVICE
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VISAS & IMMIGRATION
Visas are required by all
visitors except nationals of Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad,
Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia
provided you are in possession of a valid ID. Passports must be valid for at
least 3 months from the date of entry.
Embassies do NOT always
update us when they change their entry requirements - we strongly advise you
contact your nearest embassy to find our the lastest information.
Listing of Mali Embassies and/or Consulates located
around the world
Communaute Financiere Africaine franc
Travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks. Commission
rates are vary depending on currency and are in some cases can be quite high.
Only a few international hotels in the Bamako accept credit cards. Cash
advances are only available from BMCD. Banks are notoriously slow in processing
BANKING & BUSINESS HOURS
Banking: Monday to Thursday: 0800-1200 and 1330-1500
and Friday: 0800-1230
Mali has the same time as GMT
TRANSPORT & GETTING AROUND
Air France - Flights from Europe to Bamako
Domestic flights are available between Bamako
and Gao via Mopti and Timbuktu.
reasonable bus services run between all the main towns. On shorted route bush
taxis operate and are cheaper than buses.
During the raining season between August and November large passenger boats
operate a passenger service on the Niger River. A weekly service runs between
Koulikoro and Gao, via Mopti, Kabara and Timbuktu. The journey from Koulikoro
to Mopti should take 3 days and from Mopti to Goa four days. Do not limit
yourself on time as very often it takes longer. First class cabins are
available but need to be booked in advance. Pirogues (canoes) can also be hired
between Timbuktu and Mopti. Between December and March, when water levels are
low, it may only be possible to travel between Mopti and Gao.
Self Drive / Hire Cars:
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Roads in Mali are in a poor state and on main roads there are
many police and customs checkpoints, many of them corrupt and looking for a
bribe. Between Mopti and Gao travel is slow and difficult during the raining
Driving is on the right hand side and and International
driving licence is recommended although not a requirement. There are a few Car
Hire companies in Bamako.
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ELECTRICAL POWERElectric Power is 220V running at 50Hz.
The Plug types used are :
Round pin attachment plug -
Round pin plug
and receptacle with male grounding pin -
If you need medical care whilst in
Mali, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment
through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in
full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for
reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit
card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local
embassy or representative.
To be compensated you must be treated by
licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper
documentation and receipts.
It is advisable to always ensure you have a
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