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Mali, officially the Republic of Mali , is a landlocked nation in Western Africa. Mali is the seventh largest country in Africa, bordering Algeria on the north, Niger on the east, Burkina Faso and the Côte d'Ivoire on the south, Guinea on the south-west, and Senegal and Mauritania on the west. Its size is just over 1,240,000 km² with an estimated population of almost 12,000,000. Its capital is Bamako. Consisting of eight regions, Mali's borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara, while the country's southern region, where the majority of inhabitants live, features the Niger and Senegal rivers. The country's economic structure centers around agriculture and fishing. Some of Mali's natural resources include gold, uranium, and salt. Mali is considered to be one of the poorest nations in the world. Present-day Mali was once part of three West African empires that controlled trans-Saharan trade: the Ghana Empire, the Mali Empire , and the Songhai Empire. In the late 1800s, Mali fell under French control, becoming part of French Sudan. Mali gained independence in 1959 with Senegal, as the Mali Federation in 1959. A year later, the Mali Federation became the independent nation of Mali in 1960. After a long period of one-party rule, a 1991 coup led to the writing of a new constitution and the establishment of Mali as a democratic, multi-party state. About half the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

   
 
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The best time to visit Mali - Bamako
The best time to visit Mali The very best time to visit Mali is between November and January, before the heat hits in March and after the wet humid season. Trips down the Niger are also a good bet in November as the river is usually high enough for passenger boats to get through. By December and January boat trips may be more of a hop from one sandbank to another if not canceled altogether. November, though, is also the high tourist season so if you prefer to sacrifice a bit of comfort for peace and quiet, you could go in December for the crossing of the cattle at Diafarabe. Mali's most famous cultural event is the Festival in the Desert, a musical extravaganza of the country's best musicians amid the sand dunes near Timbuktu which takes...

The best way to get from Bamako to Dakar (saving money and time) - Bamako
The best way to get from Bamako to Dakar (saving money and time) The best way to get from Bamako to Dakar (saving money and time) is not taking the whole train route but getting to the border by the 12 hour train trip for CFA12,000 then going through customs in Kadira and taking a taxi for CFA10,000 to Dakar. If you decide to buy a train ticket go there early in the morning, otherwise some guys buy all the tickets to re-sell them. The journey on the train is a mystical experience in itself. There are frequent stops with passengers walking into the local markets and running behind the train when it leaves again with a thick cloud of dust everywhere. The taxi driver was supposed to drive much faster but he just stopped every time he felt like it, using the strangest excuses. All the ...

Mali Zebala : Village Houses - Bamako
Mali Zebala : Village Houses Virtually every house in Zebala is built from mud brick. The bricks are then plastered over with a mud plaster to make the outside smooth. A corrugated tin roof is then put on top. All the houses are interlinked by passages and walk ways. It's very difficult to decide where one family unit's set of houses finish and another's begin. There are few walls round groups of houses. Finding one's way around is a real adventure and I got lost lots of times trying to find the little shop only yards from where I was living! Shops are not marked, they look like any other building, but usually you can tell them by the people going in and out. Inside, there are a few shelves with things like tinned tomato concentrate, little boxes...

Food and Drink of Mali and Keep Healthy During Tour of Mali - Bamako
Food and Drink of Mali and Keep Healthy During Tour of Mali Eat The most universal Malian dish is rice with sauce (often peanut tiga diga na, tomato/onion/oil, or leaf/okra based - usually with some fish or meat if purchased or prepared for guests). To, a gelatinous corn or millet food served with sauce, is another Malian classic, though more a village food than something most tourists would encounter. In the north, couscous is also quite common. In the largest cities, decent western restaurants can be found, charging near western prices. Bamako even has good Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, Lebanese and more. In smaller places, the standard Malian restaurant serves chicken or beef with fries and/or salad - usually edible and affordable, but boring and not particularly Malia...