Bamako is the lively capital of Mali. It doesn’t have major sights like Djenne or Mopti but it is a very pleasant city, with good markets, friendly people and a laid back atmosphere. Worth a couple of days. The museum is well worth a visit, with a nice collection of masks, terracottas and an excellent collection of textiles.
Bamako is also the place to arrange things for further travel. You can get your visa here and you can arrange trips with small travel agencies.