Things to remember
Mali is a hot country; therefore, you should choose light clothing that can be easily washed, preferably made of cotton. Comfortable sandals are the best option in terms of shoes; however, a pair of tennis shoes or comfortable walking shoes will be useful as well, especially for trekking.
For protection against the sun, a head covering and sunglasses are highly recommended.
When visiting Mali during the rainy season a raincoat is a must, particularly if you intend to go trekking in the Dogon country.
For camping nights you will need a light sheet-made sleeping bag. During the cool season a conventional sleeping bag is necessary, particularly for nights on or along the Niger River or in the desert. Some warm clothing should be included during that season.
A backpack is the most practical and comfortable option to tour the country- the lighter the luggage, the better.
Mali’s official currency is the CFA Franc. One Euro is worth approximately 655 CFA.
It is recommended that you bring cash in Euros and exchange them in the country.
ATM machines are only available the main cities, such as Bamako, Segou, Mopti and Timbuktu. Few establishments will accept major credit cards as a way of payment. Traveler's checks are not recommended.
A legal passport with validity extending at least six months following your travel is required. You must obtain a visa.
Once you have planned your trip to Mali, it is very important that you consult your local health department or vaccination center in order to get first hand information on the vaccinations needed, as well as other health measures to adopt while visiting the country.
A yellow fever vaccination is obligatory. Vaccinations against typhoid fever, hepatitis A and B, and tetanus are highly recommended. We further recommend that you to take preventive treatment against malaria. Your local vaccination center can also provide simple recommendations that will ensure that you have a safe and pleasant journey.
Some general recommendations are: protecting yourself from mosquitoes by wearing light clothing that covers your arms and legs in the evening, using a mosquito repellent containing deet, sleeping under a mosquito net, avoiding drinking water that is not bottled (bottled water is available all over the country), not eating raw fruits and vegetables, peeling all fruits before eating them, using sunscreen and covering your head with a cap, hat or scarf, not swimming or bathing in rivers and streams as they may contain parasites.
The hottest season is between March and June; the rainy season goes from July to October; and the coolest season is between November and February.