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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 01, 2014
How long . . .  (5 Answers)

How long would it take me to get to Mail Africa>

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 23, 2013
Music Distribution in Mali  (1 Answer)

We are interested in promoting/distributing music in Mali ( According to 'google trends' the music we distribute has 'great interest' in Mali. Do you know the right people to contact to help us get the desire music to the listeners?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 03, 2012
Situation in Mali  (2 Answers)

Does anybody have up-to-date information about the situation in Mali? Obviously the north is out of the question but what about the rest of Mali? Are there any problems obtaining visas on arrival at Bamako airport? Is it safe to travel from Bamako to Djenné and onward to Mopti? What about Dogon Country? Cheers!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 20, 2011
desert festival  (10 Answers)

We are 2-3 swedish women planning on visiting Mali for 14 days including the desert festival in january 2012. I´ve looked at the tour agencys on the homepage of the festival but they are a bit on the expensive side + it´s can be a drag being led around with a group of people we don´t know. But since the time is short we don´t want to get stuck places. Should we take an arranged tour or try to find our way on our own? Is it possible to find cars to Timbuktu, to find guides and places to stay in Dogon area etc?
Any recommendations?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 09, 2011
Entry Visa  (8 Answers)

Is there a simple way for me to obtain an entry Visa to Mali? How long does it take? I am a UK citizen.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 24, 2011
Learning the Tuareg language  (1 Answer)

Learning the Tuareg language
How can I learn the Tuareg language spoken in Mali?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 01, 2010
Safety traveling in Mali  (12 Answers)


Me and my friend are planning to travel in Mali and burkina Faso for about 5 weeks. We want to go individualy, with backpacks.
The dutch embassy gives a negative advice to travel in Mali. They say nobody should travel to the northern region, and timbuktu is not safe to travel because of robbery and car-jacking etc. They say you need escorts and you have to travel in groups.

Has anyone any experience with safety in mali or tips to stay safe overthere?
And is it difficult to travel without arranged tourgroups?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 22, 2010
Anyone traveling in Mali from Nov. 27/2010 to Dec.11/2010??

I am a single traveler who has decided at the last minute to go to Mali for only 2 short weeks. I arrive this Saturday night/Sunday morning at midnight from Morocco. I am Canadian. I cannot afford to do any tour by myself. This is my second trip to Mali.

I realize most guided tours for people who are unfamiliar with the country and want to have a relaxing stress-free trip. Unfortunately the cost of such a trip is too much for me - a single traveler. If I had known that I was going to Mali 6 months ago I would have time to find fellow travelers and do such a trip. I have been to Mali before and understand the challenges that travelers face. For that reason I ask if anyone has a tour planned in the next 2 weeks and is looking for someone to help share costs.

For me my biggest challenge is getting from Mopti to Dogon country and back in a quick amount of time. If I had time I could easily spend a few days in Mopti or Sevare finding fellow tourists for a trek. I don't need guided tours of Djenne and Tombouctou. I've been there before and simply want to return to take beautiful photographs.

However in Dogon country I definitely need a guide because I do not know what is sacred or when I can take photos or where the guesthouse is. Comme beaucoup de canadiens je parle francais mais pas une langue Dogon ou Maliene.

I really am just in need of help to get from Mopti to the Dogon and back without wasting time trying to negotiate, plan a trek and find fellow travelers. I intend to spend a few days in Djenne and surrounding villages. i don't want a pinasse trip up the Niger to Tombouctou because this is time consuming and I did that back in 2001.
I was hoping I could see Djenne, Mopti, Dogon and Tombouctou in a 2 week period but as I remember from 2001 that is next to impossible unless I spend a lot of money for a 4x4. I don’t have enough time to arrange a group over the internet so I am sorry but I think my best plan will be to go to Djenne for a few days and HOPE insha’allah I meet a group going to Dogon that I can join. If not then I’ll go to Mopti and insha’allah see if there is anyone about to leave. If not, I’ll go to Tombouctou. I guess I will not see everything I want but I may return in another 10 years. I get the impression that you are based out of Bamako and the cost of a return trip from Bamako is quite expensive for me alone. Do you know of Dogon tour operators that are based in Mopti/Sevare that can give me a price that won’t charge we for transporting the vehicle from and back to Bamako? Or is my only chance to be extremely lucky and meet with an already organized trip in Djenne/Mopti/Sevare/Bandiagara that could use another paying tourist?

If insha'allah you know of people who need another person to join their trek then I am willing to be a member of a larger group in order to save time.

Please send any responses to BOTH of my e-mail addresses: phil_marion(AT) and philmarion(AT)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 31, 2010
Mali in the summertime  (4 Answers)

I plan to travel to Mali this July. Any advice welcome. I am particularly interested in weather conditions (rain, humidity, etc.). I plan to spend 3 weeks or a bit more.
Pleas note that this is NOT my first time in Africa. I've travelled to a few African countries before.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 27, 2010
Mali in April 2010


Ill go to Mali from Morocco the 10th of April this year, I have to go back to Spain the 25th, but I dont know if I gonna stay all my time in Mali or go to maybe Senegal the last five days or so.
Anyway, Im looking for anyone planing on being in Mali the same time. Maybe anyone want to meet up for a trip or just for a day. They say everything gets less expensive when you are more ppl, and it is nice with company anyway :)
Please write me here if you are interested! Maybe a trek to Dogon?

See you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 08, 2010
Festival in the desert  (4 Answers)

Has anybody travelled to the festival in the desert in Essakane? I am planning on going next year and wondered if soemone give me some tips on how to best travel there from UK and whether it is recommendable to travel independent?
Thank you very much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 31, 2009
travel on my own to mali in 2010  (7 Answers)

I want to travel on my own to Mali, do you think this is wise and possible?
do you know any good contact in mali to maybe arrange a walking tour in the dogon valley
and how to find good accomodation and transport in the country?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 15, 2009
Travel buddy for Mali and Senegal November or December 2009

I am looking for a travel buddy for an adventure trip from Dakar to Timbuktu and back, using train, bus and boat. It will take 4 weeks. The ideal time would be November 2009 but could also reach into December (I am rather felxible).
I will fly from South Africa, but we could meet in Dakar, so everybody is welcome. More details on request.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 10, 2009
Traveling to Mali in July..worth it?  (3 Answers)

My husband and I, can only take vacation on June/July and we are dying to go to Mali. I have read everywhere that is the wet season. but how bad it is?? Still good to travel? would you recommend not to go at all??
Thanks for your info..

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 07, 2009
Comanav River boat  (2 Answers)


has anybody information about the Comanav River boat on the Niger river?
From when to when is it sailing (season)? At which day does it leave in Kolikouro and arrive at Kouriome (Timbuktu). I plan to take the boeat end of november/beginnig of december and hope it is still running at that time of the year. What are the costs for the different classes? How is the food situation on board and what are your recommendations?

Thank you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2009
Is Dogon country really worth it?  (2 Answers)


I'm travelling to Mali this summer: would you recommend Dogon country? I won't have enough time to do many things so I don't want to waste my time in a very touristic place that has loose it's true and natural charme.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2009
recommendations for a short trip in Mali  (1 Answer)


since 19th to 25th july i'm doing a short trip from toumbouctou to bamako. i don't know if it would be better staying in tombouctou and surrounding area and take a flight to bamako, or travelling by land visiting the villages on the way and using public transport to get to bamako. i'd prefer this second option, but i'm not sure if i have enough time to do it. can anyone recommend anything? any other suggestion? (bamako's surroundings, etc)
thanks a lot!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 16, 2009
Looking to get a group together for pinasse - Mopti to Timbuktu

Hi there!

We are two travelers looking to find a couple people to join in on a pinasse trip on the Niger River from Mopti to Timbuktu. Apparently because the river is lower than usual, there are not that many public pinasses running this route, and you have to book a private one.

If you have any suggestions on how to do this, or would like to join the more the merrier.

We will be in Mail from March 22 - April 8th, so if the dates work out anywhere in between to join up, please respond to this thread with your email, or send over an email at :[email] thanks!!

Happy travels! :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 23, 2009
Mali and Burkina Faso  (2 Answers)

I am looking for travel companions for any leg of a budget trip from Ghana (starting at Mole Park), going north through Burkina Faso, and into Mali, in February 2009. I may be leaving Mole Park around Feb. 11. My main goals for this trip are a camel trip overnight into the Sahara, Timbuktu, and Dogon country. Anything else will be gravy. Other secondary interests are traveling on the Niger by pinasse boat, Djenne and Mopti. I would like to be back in Ghana around Feb. 25.

I am volunteering in Ghana right now, training teachers. I do not have a lot of money, and none of my Ghana travel buddies want to do this trip. I would like to keep costs down by traveling with people (it's more fun that way too!) and staying in low-cost places, and/or camping or sleeping on the roof of hotels. I'll even share a bed to save money, in a platonic fashion of course. I do like food and would like to eat something nicer than street food most of the time, if convenient.

I am 36, American, female, and am easygoing, no dietary restrictions, no special requirements, and I speak a little high school French. I have traveled in Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, Canada and the U.S. I don't have any requirements for my travel companions. I am just looking for someone, or a group of people, who are interested in doing the same things, and who will be honest and reliable on the trip. If you or your group are going to be in Mali or Burkina Faso at any time between Feb. 11 and approximately Feb. 25, and will consider letting me join you, please contact me ASAP. I would appreciate it and we would have fun!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 08, 2009
Dogon trip - Seeking a few fellow travelers for the tour

Hi there,

I'm looking for someone traveling between January 18-30 to Mali and who would be interested in sharing a guided tour with me (decreases the expense per individual). I am in communication with someone that has been recommended and so am planning a 4 day hike.

If interested, let me know! :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 20, 2008
Hey, anyone travelling to Mali in Mid January 09?  (2 Answers)

Hey, I am planning a trip to Mali and would like to team up with others.
I would like to go around the 20th and stay for about 3 weeks. Festival au Segou, Djenne, Hiking in Dogon etc.

Who has similar plans?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 26, 2008
Mali and Burquina Fasso  (7 Answers)

Sorry. I pushed send without finish:
Segou - Hotel Djoliba
Mopti - Hotel pas de probleme
Tomboctou - Hote Colombe
Bandiagara - Hotel de la Falaise
Ouaga - Hotel Central
Gaoua - Hotel Allah
Banfora - Hotel Allah
Bobo Hotel Relax
Segou - Hotel Relax
Have somebody stayed recently in the listed hotels? - Any special recommendations of things to do or not to do and safe restaurants?
Many tks in advance travellers.
Enjoy yr trips around the world.
Guillem Mas

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 26, 2008
Mali and Burquina Fasso

Hello VT.
I will travel to Mali and Burquina Fasso next week staying in:
Somebody of VT community have arrived recently from this places? Pls I need know what is the actual situation, comments, recommends and safety information in this places.
I wil stay in hotels:
Bamako - Hotel Plazza

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 21, 2008
Hotels in Timbuktu  (5 Answers)

Could any one suggest any good hotel in Tombuktu?? There are offering us the Hotel La Colombe or Hotel La Maison, any one knows which one is better?? Thanks for the help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 14, 2008
malaria in Mali, B.F.  (9 Answers)

hi guys!
i read conflicting suggestions for malaria in Mali and Burkina Faso.
can you comment if it is really advisable to use malaria pills in March?
many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 02, 2008
feb / march weather - wind  (3 Answers)

hello everybody!

i read about feb and march that there are strong winds which bring dust from the desert.
could you tell how often and serious this is?
it can make your visit worthless for seeing and taking good photos?

many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 03, 2007
Mali & Internet Connections  (3 Answers)


I'm a 24yr old college student from Germany. Ive been passionate about the French language for 7 years and I want to create a website about "la francophonie" (the french-speaking world).

On top of making a great website about it, I'm trying to find a person from each French-speaking country in the world who could record a short voice (or video) clip where she tells people a little bit about her country. I think this would be the icing on the cake for my francophonie-website.

I hope I can pull it off, but I assume in a country such as Mali for example most people do not have an internet connection and it might be hard (impossible?) to find somebody who can do that there?

Maybe somebody has an idea how I could find somebody (a native) from Mali who'd be willing to do that? Would my best bet be contacting some universites?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 31, 2007
Another visa question  (5 Answers)

Any UK nationals with any experience of getting a visa for Mali in Rabat? There's no embassy in England and I fancy Rabat more than Brussels.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 24, 2007
Visa at Bamako Airport  (5 Answers)

Does anyone know if you can visas on arrival at Bamako Airport? I have heard mixed stories!

Thanks in Advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 20, 2007


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