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    As a development aid worker I am mostly busy near Timbouctou and Gao. InterNations helped me to exchange ideas with other development agencies.

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Relocating to Mali

The Land and Its People

More than 90% of Malians live in the south of the country where the capital Bamako is situated. The official language of Mali is French but the various ethnic groups also speak over 40 other African languages.

Aside from French, one of the key languages that Malians use as their lingua franca is Bambara; approximately 80% of the population is capable of communicating in this language.

Tensions that exist in Mali are partly due to antipathy that exists between the different ethnic groups that make up Mali’s estimated 14.5 million inhabitants.

Specifically, ethnic tensions exist between the Songhai and nomadic Tuareg tribesmen in the north of the country; these ethnic groupings make up 6% and 10% of Mali’s population, respectively. The largest ethnic group in Mali is the Bambara, constituting around 36.5 per cent of the population.

Since being introduced to West Africa in the 11th century, Islam is now the most widely observed religion in the region. Approximately 90% of Malians are Muslim, and the majority of those are Sunni.

The Climate in Mali 

The Malian climate varies throughout; to the north, Mali is largely arid and is covered by the southern Saharan desert. The hot, arid climate means that Mali suffers from regular droughts as a result of high temperatures and low levels of annual rainfall.

By contrast, the south of the country is tropical; this is the region in which the majority of Malians live and indeed where its capital is situated. This is the only fertile area because water from the Niger and Senegal rivers can be used for irrigation.

There is a rainy season that occurs between late June and early December; during this period, the Niger River is liable to flood creating what is known as the Inner Niger Delta.

Visas for Mali

A visa is required for foreign nationals wishing to travel to Mali. A visa can be obtained from the Malian embassy or eonsulate prior to traveling to Mali. Documents required for visa are; a valid passport, two recent passport photos, two completed application forms, a copy of yellow fever vaccination certificate, hotel reservation for the stay in Mali or invitation letter, and a return plane ticket.

Jul 15, 2023, 7:00 PM
31 attendees
Bring Your Flag and share every unique culture with each other
Jul 30, 2022, 5:00 PM
21 attendees
InterNations Mindeness at Hotel Lamitie Bamako with artist. Give a chance to network and give expats the opportunity to see the performance of local based musicians such as Alous Sam and Salif Keita
Jun 27, 2021, 9:00 PM
125 attendees
Let us explore best of local music. Each attendee is expected to share his or her favorite local song. We will listen to it together for about 1 mins. Experiencing New Music is a way to keep in touc
May 16, 2021, 4:00 PM
18 attendees
Please come and have brunch next Sunday. At an affordable price of 12.500 FCfa including the swimming pool and buffet. Cassablanca Installée à Bamako et offrant une vue sur le jardin, la Residence La

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  • Matthew Brown

    As a development aid worker I am mostly busy near Timbouctou and Gao. InterNations helped me to exchange ideas with other development agencies.

  • Rikke Johansen

    A friend recommended InterNations for my relocation to Mali. Glad I joined -- settling in Bamako was much easier with the help of fellow expats.

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