Visitors arriving to Mali will be surprised by the tender smiles...

    Mali

    Mali is homeland of a number of ethnical groups like Bambara, Fulani, Senufo, Songhai, Mandingo, Tuareg, and Dogon. They all have different origins, beliefs and traditions. Some are nomadic, like the Bozo, who are itinerant fishermen establishing different villages along the shore of the Niger River as they follow their catch. Or like the Fulani or Peul ethnical group, or the Tuaregs, who wander from one place to another in search of pastures for their animals.

    Mali is basically a rural country with an agricultural based economy. Most of the population is Muslin, with a small minority being Christian, although virtually everybody is still attached to their old animistic beliefs.

    Among the places worth visiting, stand Djenné, home of the world’s largest adobe Mosque; the mythical city of Timbuktu, in breathtaking Sahara desert, well known by its splendid past; Mopti, and its bustling harbor with a constant traffic of "pinazas” coming in and out of the port. Other places full of magic include Bandiagara Fault; Niger River, drawing wonderful landscapes as it flows through Mali.

    Hottest season is between March and June; rainy season goes from July to October, and the coolest season, where cold nights can be expected, particularly at the desert or around the river, is between November and February.

    SENEGAL

    A warm and welcoming country that has preserved intact the entertainment value. Mix in its crowded urban areas or relax to the sounds of nature.

    One of the most accessible destinations in Africa for its stability, comfort and good weather. A trip to an exotic country that allows you to make a travel adventure or comfort, if that's what you like.

    Senegal is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in Africa. You will discover interesting ethnic groups, beautiful landscape of dunes and beaches, nature reserves with wild animals, baobab boques unique, lively markets and bustling charming cities like Dakar or colonial Saint Louis. When traveling to Senegal, one should not fail to visit the capital, Dakar. This bustling city dizzying and busy streets, markets and nightlife. In Niokolo-Koba National Park in southeastern Senegal in the Kolda region, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, crossed by the River Gambia, with abundant wildlife inhabiting species: lions, leopards, baboons, elephants, hippos , elephants. It covers an area of 913,000 hectares. In eastern Senegal and around the mountains of Fouta Djalon and unique Dindefello waterfall, mythical tribes are grouped Country Bassari leading to a world maraviloso ethnicities and cultures.

    GHANA

    Ghana is one of the most stable countries in the region. The relaxed atmosphere of the fishing towns invited to spend some time enjoying the beaches.

    In Ghana you can still see the old castles and forts which were used during the period of the slave trade. Elmina was the first European settlement in Africa.

    The castle became one of the main points of the Atlantic slave trade. An excellent restoration has transformed the castle into a museum to witness the horrors of slavery.

    Tourism Ghana is known Ashanti culture, proud and brave people who resisted colonization of European empires. The large market of Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti Kingdom, one of the most spectacular, run entirely by women.

    Funerals held along the Ghanaian coast towns are spectacular. The coffins 'thematic' shaped animal, car, plane or tool, as the clan or the profession of the deceased are unique in the world.Visitors arriving to Mali will be surprised by the tender smiles and the warmth with which they will be welcomed by the local population. This human wealth contrasts deeply with the economic poverty of the country.

    BURKINA FASO

    Burkina where? Although Burkina Faso, which means "the land of the honest people”, is smack dab in the center of Africa, few have even heard of it, let alone are able to locate it. Not only is it populated with west Africa's largest elephant herds, in Burkina Faso’s game preserves you’ll see plenty of lions, hippos, monkeys, warthogs, and antelope. Burkina Faso, known until 1984 by is colonial name, Upper Volta -- is often only a stop on a road to somewhere else. But this is unfortunate because it’s attractions can spark the memories of a lifetime. Burkina Faso has a tropical dry climate and lies at the southern edge of the Sahel - the agricultural region between the Sahara Desert and the coastal rain forests that stretches from the Atlantic to the Red Sea. Most of central Burkina Faso is savanna and dry forests that offer rich and unique biodiversity several hundred feet above sea level, with fields, brush, and scattered trees.
    About the size of Great Britain, it has only a quarter if its population, belonging to two major West African cultural groups--the Voltaic and the Mande. The Voltaic Mossi make up about one-half of the population, but claim descent from warriors who migrated to present-day Burkina Faso from Ghana and established an empire that lasted more than 800 years. Ouagadougou, the capital, is one of the oldest cities on earth. Predominantly composed of farmers, the Mossi kingdom is still led by the Mogho Naba, whose court is in Ouagadougou.


    BENIN
    A West African experience is incomplete without a visit to Benin, on the western edge of Nigeria, it was once one of the most powerful empires in Africa–kingdom. The Royal Palaces of the Dahomey in Abomey, nominated for UNESCO’s World Heritage List, are still used regularly for traditional rituals and for royal ceremonies. For a society without written documents, the bas-reliefs (used as decorative features) serve as a unique record of the past, they represent the most significant events in the evolution of the Fon people and their empire, glorifying the military victories and power of each king and documenting the Fon people's myths, customs and rituals. The primary source of wealth of the twelve kings, from 1695 to 1900, was the selling of prisoners of war as slaves to the New World.

    Benin lies on a small narrow strip of land stretching roughly 700 km from north to south and 125 km from the west to the east. Sandy beaches, dotted with coconut palms and peaceful lagoons, can be found on its coastline on the Gulf of Guinea.



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