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Best time to visit Mali

Our verdict

The best time to visit Mali is August-September

Based on a number of criteria such as the weather conditions, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, August-September is the best time to go to Mali.

In the summer months, temperatures in Bamako can climb to a maximum of around 42℃ (108℉) during the day. The temperature at night in the winter can drop to as low as 16℃ (61℉), although this can differ at other destinations across Mali depending on the geography.

The days are longest in Mali in March, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. The wet season in Mali usually falls during the months surrounding August each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Mali, including the most popular destinations, detailed weather information, and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

May

Least rainfall

December

Most daylight

March

Mali seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Mali is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Mali

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
BamakoAugust-September
34℃
18℃
37℃
20℃
40℃
23℃
41℃
26℃
40℃
28℃
38℃
27℃
34℃
24℃
31℃
22℃
32℃
22℃
36℃
23℃
36℃
21℃
34℃
18℃
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Top FAQs

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Mali:

The warmest month of the year in Bamako, one of the most popular places to visit in Mali, is May.
The driest month of the year in Bamako, Mali, is usually around December each year.

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