From Johannesburg to Bamako
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Bamako is the capital city of Mali, and is also the largest of the Nation’s Cities, with a population of close to 2 million people. Bamako is a fast-growing city and is situated on the banks of the Niger River. Book your flights to Bamako (BKO) with Kenya Airways and get ready to explore Mali.
Bamako is taken from the word Bamabara, which means “Crocodile River”. The area around Bamako has been inhabited for thousands of years and has a rich history. Bamako is the seventh-largest West African urban center and is a major trade hub.
December to February are the best times to visit Bamako.
You need a Visa to enter Bamako and the Country of Mali. Check the latest Mali visa requirements
Depending on what time of year you are traveling to Bamako will influence what you need to pack. Generally, summer clothes, something warmer for early mornings and evenings; sunscreen, forms of identification and a camera should be taken with. Insect Repellant is also a good thing to take with.
When visiting Bamako, and any other part of Mali, you need to be up to date with your current vaccinations and you need to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever.
The Bamako-Senou International Airport is roughly 15 kilometers from the Bamako City Centre. The local population as a means of transport uses the river and railway system, and prior to your visit you should check with your travel or booking agent with regards to preferred public transport and rental vehicles.
Mali is home to one of the fastest-growing cities in the World, it’s capital and largest city, Bamako. It is one of the largest urban areas in West Africa and is a great tourist destination.
The Zoo in Bamako is one of the biggest in Mali, and there are various species of animals from the area and the rest of Africa. There is also a large aviary, reptile house and aquarium.
Here you will not only get a great view of Bamako, but you will also be able to explore the caves with all sorts of different rock art to be seen.
The museum holds some great Mali history and artifacts; pieces of art and textiles are displayed beautifully for everyone to see. The exhibits, unfortunately, do not currently have any English labels on them, but one can ask someone at the museum or get an English speaking tour guide to show them around.
If you like to shop you will love Bamako. There are a variety of shops that sell all sorts of items, and the curios, in particular, are really worth purchasing to keep as souvenirs.
Other places to see and attractions in Bamako include:
Bamako has a variety of restaurant to wet your appetite, and they cater for all kinds of food.
The top 5 restaurants in Bamako are:
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