Bamako, Mali: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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:

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.

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

January

January in this region is really hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses

February

February in this region is blindingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light dresses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Light shorts

March

If you are traveling to Bamako in March, you will notice that it can be sizzling and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 90s F (high 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Tank tops
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light dresses
  • Light shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion

April

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain boots
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Sandals
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sarong
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Light skirts

May

May can be sizzling. Temperatures average in the high 90s F (high 30s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Tank tops
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light shorts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Light dresses

June

If you vacation in Bamako during June, you are likely to find that it is unbearably hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Light dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Tank tops
  • Sandals
  • Light shorts
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis

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 70s F (mid 20s C) to high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Skirts

August

August can be sweltering, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts

September

In September, Bamako is extremely hot, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Bamako, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals

October

Traveling to Bamako in October, you will notice that it can be sweltering. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts

November

If you visit Bamako during November, you are likely to find that it is sizzling and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 20 and 30% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light dresses
  • Light shorts
  • Skirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Tank tops

December

If you vacation in Bamako during December, you are likely to find that it can be sweltering and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 10 and 20% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Sandals

Year-round what to wear/what to pack 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.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and E
  • A SIM card that works in Bamako
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Appropriate museum wear

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