In the heart of West Africa, bordered by Mauritania, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Senegal, Mali has a multitude of natural and cultural attractions. As you cross the country, you will come across various ethnic groups whose names recall myths and legends, such as the Fulanis, the Dogons and the Tuaregs. A melting pot of the most influential empires in Africa, Mali's glorious past is reflected in its towns and historic sites like Djenne, Gao or Timbuktu. From the northern Sahara region to the southern forests, this country has strong ancestral traditions that are evident throughout the country.
Security: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to Mali's Bamako region and against all travel to the rest of Mali. You should not travel to the north of Mali under any circumstances. See full official advice.