Situated in the heart of West Africa, Mali forms a 'spinal cord' which unites Sub-Saharan Africa with North Africa. Watered by two majestic rivers - the Niger and the Senegal - Mali is renowned as a land of warmth and hospitality, and the birthplace of several great civilisations, kingdoms and empires - Ghana, Songhai and Mali - the remains of which can still be found in modern Mali.

Nucleus of Islamic culture and a strategic location for trade, the empire developed thanks to trade in gold, salt and slaves. In modern Mali, you can discover what life is like in the Sahara; learn the songs and dances of local tribes and cross the desert by camel with the Touaregs. The mysterious city of Timbuktu and the mythical 'gates to the Sahara' are among the remaining wonders to discover of the ancient history of this country. Mali also boasts numerous magnificent mosques constructed in the unique Sudanese style.

Bamako, the capital - a modern city where the cultural life of the country is concentrated - is famous for its music and musicians. The songs of the griots, which form the foundation of traditional Malian music, still occupy as important a place in the life of the country as they do in the contemporary music scene of the entire continent. Fourteen ethnic groups make up the marvellous peoples of Mali: Bambara, Dogon, Bozo, Bwa, KassonkÚ, MalinkÚ, SoninkÚ, Peul, Songha´, Minianka, Senoufo, Maure and Touareg - the true wealth of a country which does not need to be talked about, but discovered...


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