What To Do In Mali

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Mali is a landlocked country in the Sahel, bordered by Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal, and Mauritania. Mali is a developing nation, and remains one of the poorest countries in the world. However, it has some incredible sights, including four UNESCO World-Heritage sites. And, of course, there's Timbuktu!

The Sudanese Republic and Senegal became independent of France on 22 September 1960 as the Mali Federation. Senegal withdrew after only a few months, and the Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali. The country was then governed by dictatorship until 1991. In 1992 the country's first democratic presidential elections were held.

Just under half the population is less than 15 years old. The great majority of Malians are Muslim, some also practice indigenous beliefs, and a tiny number are Christian. Around 10% of the population is nomadic. Most Malians work in agriculture and fishing.

Festival in the Desert takes place in January on the sand northwest of Timbuktu. Three days of amazing music, under the stars and the moon, tiny tents, camel races, and more music and dancing.


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Vital Stats

Region Info North Africa
Population 330.5 million
Highest Altitude 4,550 m
Ras Dejen, Ethiopia 14,928 ft
Lowest Altitude -153 m
Lac Assal, Djibouti -502 ft
Lowest Temperature -24.0 °C
Ifrane, Morocco (1935) -11.2 °F
Highest Temperature 57.8 °C
Al 'Aziziyah, Libya (1922) 136.0 °F

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