Landscape in Hombori, Mali. Picture: Pinterest

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


7: The distance from Johannesburg  to  Mali is 5890 km or 3660 miles, estimating a flying time of about 7 hours 20 minutes.  Bamako's Modibo Keita International Airport (formerly Bamako–Sénou International Airport) is Mali's main airport located approximately 15 kilometres south of downtown Bamako, the capital of Mali in West Africa. Most of the flights to Mali leaves from Johannesburg. For further information, visit https://www.cheapflights.co.za/flights/Mali/