Bamako, Mali: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Bamako, Mali? If you're planning to go to Bamako, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Bamako, Mali

Based on the climate and weather in Bamako, the best time to go is December. See below for details.

Important essentials for Bamako, Mali

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Bamako, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

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  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may wear out. An unreadable vaccination card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection available.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good TSA-friendly product.

General health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas of this country may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's important to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a good kit.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Bamako, Mali by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

If you go to Bamako in January, you will notice that it is really hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

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February

Traveling to Bamako in February, you will notice that it is sizzling and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 90s F (mid 30s C).

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March

If you vacation in Bamako during March, you might see that it can be excruciatingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (high 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 10 and 20% during the day.

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April

If you go to Bamako in April, you will notice that it can be blisteringly hot and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the low 100s F (high 30s C).

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May

If you vacation in Bamako during May, you might see that it is a scorcher. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (high 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

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June

June here is unbearably hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

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July

July in Bamako can be very hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

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August

August in Bamako is constantly hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C).

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September

If you go to Bamako in September, you will notice that it is consistently hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

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October

October in Bamako can be very hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

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November

November for Bamako can be excruciatingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

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December

If you go to Bamako in December, you will notice that it can be sweltering and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

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Activities for Bamako, Mali

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Bamako.

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are going to go to the beautiful Bamako Grand Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter the building; it is best to check with the Bamako tourism authority.

If you go to Bamako Botanical Gardens, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet

If you see the Bamako Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

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