Located on the Niger River, Bamako is the largest and capital city of Mali and is currently the fastest growing tourist destination in Africa. Bamako is often considered as West Africa’s largest and most lively city. Bamako started off as a small fishing village in the early 1800s and has been growing ever since. Bamako also holds a record with the population reaching about 1.8 million. It is also estimated as the fastest growing city in Africa and sixth-fastest in the world. It is located on the Niger River, near the rapids that divide the upper and middle Niger valleys in the southwestern part of the country. Located between the Sahara to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the south, Bamako is very hot on average all year round and also pleasant during the year ends.
Bamako spreads across the flat plains to the north and south of the Niger River, with the Presidential Palace overlooking from the northern region. Bamako is also a cultural hub, boasting multiple museums, a zoo, botanical gardens, the Bamako Grand Mosque and the Cathedral of Bamako. The city is of a major port and it is also the home to Mali’s largest international airport and the Dakar-Niger Railway.
Mali is the biggest country in West Africa. It is roughly twice the size of Texas, the second largest American state. The bogolanfini cloth which is famous in Africa is mainly done in Bamako, which is made from handcrafted cloth dyed with mud. An interesting fact that the prime meridian marker is located in Gao, Mali, where one can literally stand on the edge of two hemispheres.
Places that are common in Banmako:-‘
- Bamako Grand Mosque— Lively market around this large mosque.
- Banks of the Niger– There are beautiful gardens set up in this region.
- Markets— fetish markets, clothing markets and food markets are a treat to the eyes in Bamako. Ask a local to direct you to where they shop for the least hassle.
- Musee National — Carvings, masks and textiles around Mali can be seen in this small museum.
Places to Visit in Banmako:-
- Parc national du Mali
- Musee National de Bamako
- Zoo National du Mali
- Bamako city centre
- Yacouba Guindo Mosque
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