Mali, in West Africa, is one of those African countries you have to visit. Here are some facts of the country:
1: Mali is the biggest country in West Africa, roughly twice the size of Texas, the second largest American state.
2: The capital city of Mali is Bamako, which lies on the banks of the Niger River. Bamako is popular for its local markets and live music.
3: The official language of Mali is French. Around 80% speak Bambara and numerous other African languages.
4: Mali is one of the poorest nations in the world. Around 70% of Mali’s population earns less than a dollar per day.
5:Mali’s Great Mosque of Djenne is the largest mud brick building in the world.
6: To enter Mali, you will need a valid passport, a visa, and evidence of yellow fever vaccination. Visas are not available upon arrival in Mali. For more information, visit http://www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/bilateral/mali.html