The capital and largest city of Mali, Bamako is a thriving city with a population of approximately 1.9 million. Bamako is nestled along the Niger River, close to the rapids that separate the upper and middle Niger valleys in the south-western Mali. The bustling African city is considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in Africa with a strong potential of upside growth. Bamako is Mali’s political, educational, administrative and commercial centre and plays a pivotal role in propelling the country’s economy. Bamako is one of the most visited places in Africa with tourists flocking from all over the region.
###Bamako Airport (BKO) Bamako Senou International Airport (IATA: BKO), is the main international airport of Mali, serving the capital city and surrounding areas. The airport was opened to passengers in 1974 and has undergone major transformations in 2009-10. Currently, a number of leading African and European airlines including Air France, Air Algérie, Air Côte d'Ivoire, Royal Air Maroc, Turkish Airlines, Interair South Africa, Air Burkina operate to and from Bamako Airport.
###Bamako Airport Transfers Taxis cabs and Green Vans are the most popular public transportation and an ideal way to get around Bamako. If you are someone who likes to self-explore, this option may be the best for you. In addition, a few car rental agencies also have their booking counters at the main terminal of Bamako Airport.
###How to Get into Bamako City from Airport Bamako Airport is situated approximately 15 kilometers from the city center. While driving from the airport to the city, you can take the route leading to Secondary RTE and continue onto it. After that, you can take the slip road to Ave De La Nation and continue driving in the same direction for a while. At the roundabout, take the second exit and stay on Ave De La Nation to reach Bamako.
###What to Expect While Driving in and around Bamako Airport Being a developing nation, the road networks and traffic systems of Mali are not in the best shape and badly regulated. Bamako only has a few paved main roads and the rest of the streets in the city are unpaved, which leads to dusty conditions during the dry season and muddy during the rainy season. Hence, don’t expect broad highways and spectacular roads when in Bamako. Also, you are advised to carry your International Driver’s License to avoid any kind of hassle.
###Things to See and Do in Bamako Bamako has more than a few reasons to linger as it boasts some of the finest hotels, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Mali National Museum, Bamako Grand Mosque, Pont du Roi Fahd, Muso Kunda Museum, Bamako Regional Museum, Bamako Zoo, Bamako Botanical Gardens, Point G Hill and House Caves with rock paintings are the major points of attractions. Bamako is a paradise for shoppers as it has some excellent shopping destinations where you can get different items at cheap prices. If you like to bargain, shopping in Bamako will be great fun for you.
The information is correct as of December 2015.