Country Nr 6 – Mali – exploring the lively yet dangerous streets of Bamako

Country 6/196: Mali
Destination: Bamako

Ok, so Mali is one of the countries that is marked as very dangerous, so naturally, for safety reasons, we decided to stay for just one night. We did all of the explorings in one afternoon. We visited the local market, the city center, some of the main landmarks, and took a taxi to the nearby hill, which offers the best view of the city.
We loved the lively streets, especially its colors, shapes, and sounds. We also found some beautiful architecture and definitely a lot of love. However, we also found a lot of pain and loss. Our tour guide, for example, lost four brothers in the recent uprisings. The stories are heartbreaking. 🙁
Naturally, welcoming tourists is the last thing on people’s minds. It seemed like we were the only tourists there, so people were staring at us and not in a way that would make us feel comfortable. We’re sure that the country has a lot to offer, but maybe it’s just not quite ready to welcome tourists.

In some countries, including Mali, it’s risky to take photos with a camera, therefore we were only able to use our mobile phones. :/

Have you ever been to Mali? What was your impression of the country?

Environmental issues

Increasing desertification is one of the biggest environmental problems in Mali. Prolonged droughts are causing water scarcity and represent a threat to both humans and wildlife. Mali’s wildlife is also threatened by poaching and the destruction of the environment. Additional environmental issues are severe deforestation, soil erosion, and loss of pasture land.

Found lots of LOVE in Mali. 😉 ♥

Honeymoon rating of the visited destinations: N/A

* Note: This is NOT a general rating of the country, it is merely our personal opinion of the mentioned site(s) as honeymoon destinations, based on the level of tourism development, the number and quality of romantic and adventurous activities and sites it offers, and safety. We strongly believe that every country is beautiful in its own way, they may simply be more or less honeymoon oriented/friendly.

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