Mali, officially the Republic of Mali (French: République du Mali), is a landlocked country inWest Africa. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi). The population of Mali is 14.5 million. Its capital is Bamako. Mali consists of eight regions and its borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara Desert, while the country’s southern part, where the majority of inhabitants live, features the Niger and Senegal rivers. The country’s economy centers on agriculture and fishing. Some of Mali’s prominent natural resources include gold, being the third largest producer of gold in the African continent, and salt. About half the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 (U.S.) a day.A majority of the population (55%) are non-denominational Muslims
We are very proud and very happy we went into Mali. No travel advice recommends visiting Mali in these days, but we were informed it was a beautiful country and that around Bamako it should be safe. In fact it was, we survived it and, even more, we loved it!
I just leave you with some random pictures for you to enjoy.
Other curiosity is that we spent 10 nights in Mali, and we didn’t pay for a single one. The first night we stayed in a village with (almost) no man, then Samuel hosted us in Bamako, we stayed in a Chinese sugarcane plant close to Segou and we used our 2 seconds tent the rest of the way till we left to Burkina Faso!
|Market Mama in Bamako|
|Niger River in Segou|
|Niger River bank in Segou (people cleaning sand)|
|Child in Segou|
|Child in a small village on the way to Djenne|
|Village on the way to Djenne|
|Food storage houses|
|Food storage house|
|Mosque in Djenne|
|Niger River, close to Djenne|