Hints and Tips for Mali

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Hints and Tips for Mali

maliRed Tape:
Visas are required for British Nationals, we got ours in one day in Nouakchott and cost $7.50.
Insurance is necessary, a Brown Card can be bought to cover 16 West African countries, we found it very useful and stopped many potential problems.

Fuel Costs:
Diesel 350CFA per litre

Road Quality:
The road to Bamako was terrible, however a new road is under construction and should be completed in a year. The road east to Mopti is good tarmac. Other roads are good dirt roads.

Money:
West African Franc 1$ = 642CFA
Black Market (near the BMCD bank) 1$ = 675 CFA
Visa transactions are possible in the BMCD, but we had problems.

Highlights:
Djenne, the mud town, with the largest mud mosque in the world
Dogon Country, 12th century mud hut villages dotted around a cliff, well worth a visit. We spent a day but you could easily spend a week.

Places to Stay:
No problems with bush camping in remote areas.
Djenne – Le Campement, you can camp, there are good facilities and an excellent area to relax, the staff especially Oumar the garcon de chambres are very helpful.

Useful People:
No-one in particular, however the guide we used for Dogon Country was good.

Tips:
Barter hard for a boat ride on the Niger at Mopti. Allow time for at least a couple of days in Dogon Country, and don’t bother buying collanade.

2 Comments

  1. Francis says:

    Is 5K dollars enough to travel in Mali. And how long does 5k dollars last in Mali anyway? Is it good for 1 week? I really want to be there but I only have 5k $ budget. I need investigate more if it is already enough.

    • Michael says:

      I have been there and I only have 1k$ in my pocket and it last for 2 weeks. Exploring the beaches, zip lining and any water sports.

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