What’s Special about Mali? Tired with the usual safaris, watching wild animals and natural forests? Did you know that Mali has the best surreal landscapes, castellated mosques and beautiful artwork? The landlocked West African country has amazing pink sandstone villages that are carefully carved into cliffs. The paintings in Mali dates back to a time when Sahara was not known for its scorching temperatures.
The Culture: Mali is home to Tuaregs who have fascinating camel caravans that appear on the horizon and melt in the desert unexpectedly.The escarpment on the inland delta gives a chance to interact with the incredibly industrious farmers who teach some ways on their artistic abilities. The artistic heritage in Mali is diversely expressed in their traditional music, drama and arts. The country hosts Festival au Desert and Festival sur le Niger music festivals yearly. Dogon is Malian local tribe famously known for its colourful dances and beautiful masks. The tribe culture remains unspoiled due to the fact that the locals refused to be eroded by Islamic religion, preserving a unique culture.
The Cities: What about a city situated on the banks of a big river, along both sides of the river, with bridges, one submersible, connecting the two sides? That’s just how amazing Bamako is, the capital city of Mali. The city still has traditional mud-walled compounds together with cemented walled cottages. Actually, the West African country is home to largest mud brick building in the entire world. The prosperous government officials and merchants live in the quiet residential neighbourhoods. The presidential palace, Point G hospital and some government offices are placed on the Koulouba Plateau that overlooks the city. Cliffs of Bandiagaraare have large sandstone escarpments. Did you know that the cliffs are one of the most riveting sites in West Africa extending 125 miles to the tallest peak? Cliffs of Bandiagara have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Did you know that Timbuktu was the first place where a university was opened in the 10th century? The University of Sankore became the best and heart of scholarships for Islam based education. European believed that Timbuktu was a fabled city, making them place a reward of 10,000 Francs for a hardy and adventurous non-Muslim to visit the city and come back. However, it would not have been an easy task due to the Tuareg tribes, and the Frenchman who managed to reach the city and back had to first convert into Islam and learn Arabic, since the first person was murdered on the return trip to claim his reward. The Timbuktu city becomes even more fascinating to learn about after the invention of air travel, to supplement boat, camel and motor vehicles. However, the first plane scheduled from Algiers to the city on an inaugural trip got lost in 1920.
Independence: Mali celebrates 22nd September of every year as their independence day after their colonization by France. The country leadership is characterized by coup occurrences where a dictator leader has faced history repeating itself and the dictator falling a victim of coup.