Mali is a land-locked country in west Africa, covering 1,245,000 sq kms. The low-lying featureless terrain is dominated in the north by the almost uninhabited Saharan plain. A fertile inland delta in the central region lies alongside the River Niger. Only two percent of the land is arable.

The climate is subtropical in the south and southwest with the rainy season June to October. Temperatures vary between 20°C to 32°C.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

One of the hottest countries in the world, Mali can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on entry and return to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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