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

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

When to go to Timbuktu, Mali

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

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

January

January here is extremely warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses

February

If you visit Timbuktu during February, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Timbuktu is a scorcher and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you vacation in Timbuktu during April, you are likely to find that it is scorchingly 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.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

Traveling to Timbuktu in May, you will notice that it is scorchingly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 100s F (low 40s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Sarong
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Light skirts
  • Extremely thin shorts

June

June for Timbuktu is a scorcher and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 100s F (low 40s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July here can be blisteringly hot and very dry. Temperatures average in the high 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Tank tops
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Umbrella
  • Rain boots
  • Light dresses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Light shorts

August

If you go to Timbuktu in August, you will notice that it is a scorcher and dry with little rain. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you vacation in Timbuktu during September, you are likely to find that it can be sizzling and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (mid 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.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Light shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Light dresses
  • Rain boots
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Tank tops
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining

October

If you vacation in Timbuktu during October, you are likely to find that it is unbearably 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 low 70s F (low 20s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

If you visit Timbuktu during December, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Timbuktu, Mali

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Timbuktu, 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 Timbuktu
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Appropriate museum wear

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