Organize a trip to Mali

For the more adventurous travelers, Mali is a destination not to be missed. Camel rides through Timbuktu, breathtaking landscapes, etc. They will be part of one of the most unforgettable trips of your life. If what you are thinking about is organizing a few nights camping in the middle of the Sahara, you should know some fundamental tips to guarantee a more pleasant stay.

Depending on your language skills, communication can be a problem for non- French speakers. Find a good guide who can help you. If you want to walk through the streets to find different gifts and objects that you want to bring you, remember that most speak French and even many of them only speak the local African language, Bambara. Once you leave the cities and head to the small towns you will be able to lose yourself completely (dialectically speaking) since most of them speak their own local dialects .

As a tourist you can draw a lot of attention from young children. You can hear how many shout the word ‘ Tubaboo ‘, it is the term used by Malians to refer to foreigners and it is never pejorative. The cry is followed by the phrase ‘Donne-moi un cadeau’, which is a request for sweets, trinkets, or simply money. Beware of young boys offering their services as city guides. They are very quick to take the money and leave you lost in a maze of streets.

You will have to haggle for everything you want to buy. Buying for the first price they tell you will make you look crazy and can affect other tourists. As a tourist that you are, Malians know that you can pay high prices, and negotiating the price, no matter how good you get, will never reach the price that exists locally.