Travel to Bamako – Colourful Capital of Mali

Bamako, the capital of Mali, is located on the Niger River near the rapids that divide the Upper and Middle Niger Valleys, in the southwest of the country. The city is the nation’s administrative centre and a major regional trade centre. Thanks to its colourful markets, interesting museums and life on the Niger River, Bamako offers enough for a day or two of sightseeing when combined with a tour of Mali’s highlights.

Bamako was founded in the 17th century by Seribadian Niaré and Soumba Coulibaly, or Bamba Sanogo, before its chiefdom passed to Diaoussadian Niaré. The city was an important market town. In the 18th century, Bamako was a village of several hundred households with the main industries being fishing and agriculture.

Bamako was colonised by the French in the 19th century and became the capital of French Sudan in 1908. Bamako became the capital of Mali in 1960 as the latter gained its independence from France. Since then the city has been experiencing a radical urbanisation.

Visit the craft centre at the Maison des Artisans; the Mali National Museum; the Grand Marché; the Pink Market; the Muso Kunda Museum; the Bamako Regional Museum; the Bamako Botanical Gardens; and the Point G hill that contain caves with rock paintings.

Bamako has also some notable landmarks that include the National Library of Mali, Tour BCEAO, Bamako Grand Mosque, and the Pont du Roi Fahd.

At night travellers can enjoy one of Bamako’s restaurants, bars and nightclubs, with both local and international music. Popular venues include Byblos and the Appaloosa.

  • Witness a big African sunset while enjoying a drink by the Niger River.
  • Explore the caves at Point G from where you can have a great view of Bamako.
  • Discover amazing archaeological and ethnographic objects of the country at the National Museum of Mali.


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