Bamako Profile

Bamako is situated on the Niger River and gets its name from the word 'Bambara' meaning 'crocodile river'. It is believed that the area that now hosts the city of Bamako has been inhabited for some 150,000 years with the Niger valley and its river providing plenty of food and clean water. Following Mali's colonisation by France in the nineteenth century, Bamako became the capital of what was then the French Sudan in 1908. In 1960 Mali was granted independence from France and fell to Soviet influence and investment, however many of the large state enterprises later collapsed leaving both Mali and Bamako with a declining economy. As its population grew, Bamako spread from the north bank of the River Niger to the south of the river with a number of connecting bridges.

Its spiralling growth from just 2500 in 1884 to well over two million today has caused a multitude of problems, not least the provision of adequate water supplies, housing and other infrastructure. This video gives a good look and feel of Bamako today. Check our our interactive map of Bamako below and zoom in on areas of interest then make virtual landing at Bamako airport below.


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Bamako is the capital and largest city of Mali and is the fastest growing city in Africa. Take a virtual tour around Bamako in this video then make a virtual landing at Bamako Senou International Airport that opened in 1974 above.

 
 


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