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Tailor made Holidays to Mali

Map of Mali, west AfricaKnown as the jewel in the crown of West Africa, Mali is one of the most culturally rich and diverse countries in Africa. It is a nation of unusual interest and charm that is intimately linked to a great river, the Niger. It is also home to some of the continents greatest cultural sites; the legendary Timbuktu, the dramatic Bandiagara escarpment and the fascinating Dogon culture.

Mali also has a distinctive musical tradition that has achieved worldwide fame and each year the celebrated ‘Festival au Desert’ attracts world music fans to the small town of Essakane, on the 
edge of the Sahara.


Visit a music club in Bamako Music from Mali is known around the world and many of West Africa’s finest musicians come from Mali. Check out one of the music clubs where you can boogie to those hypnotic rhythms.

Travel by boat along the Niger River The river is a hive of activity as it is the lifeline of Mali. Spend a few hours travelling by dugout pirogue or motorised pinnasse (large canoes) passing fishing villages, markets and the wildlife along the marshy shores.

Trek into the Dogon hinterland Spend time getting to know the Dogon by trekking through villages whose traditional way of life is fiercely protected by its people. Discover their distinctive architecture, ancient Telem cave dwellings and witness a spectacular Dogon mask dance (if taking place).

Attend the Festival of the Desert, Mali’s version of Glastonbury You can be sure that you won’t get caked in mud at the Festival of the Desert, a music fest attended by the great musicians from across West Africa as well some well-known Western musicians. Located at the settlement of Essakane, reached by 4WD across 100km of desert, you will camp alongside Tuareg nomads and their camels for this most atmospheric of festivals in January.

Suggested tailor made holidays
Highlights of Mali

Mali Hotel Selection
Mali Brochure download
Foreign office travel advice
Djinguereber Mosque,Timbuktu

Dogon: Africa's People of the Cliffs, published by W E A Van Beek & Stephenie Hollyman in 0
The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa's City , published by Frank T Kryza in 0
West Africa, published by Lonely Planet in 2006
The Rough Guide to West Africa, published by Rough Guide in 2008
Mali, published by Bradt in 2009

VISA REQUIREMENTS (UK Passport holders only)




Visas must be obtained in advance by the Mali Embassy in either Brussels or Paris. It is valid for 2 months from the date of issue with a stay of 30 days. Two visa application forms, two passport photos, your passport and the Silk Steps confirmation invoice are required to procure the visa. Current cost £25.00 (subject to change) plus shipping/agency fees.


The best time to visit Mali is from October to February, during the cool dry season. The rainy season is from June to September and during this time travel can be difficult, but the countryside is green and lush and the rivers high. The 'harmatten' a dry  

For up to date weather details try BBC weather

Jan-01 New Year's Day
Jan-20 National Day
Mar-26 National Martyrs' Day
May-01 Labour Day
May-25 Africa Day
Sept-22 Independence Day

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