Mali's rich history and recent political and social stability makes it a worthwhile tourist destination, but the UK Foreign Office currently advises against all travel to the northern half of Mali due to a high threat of kidnapping – this includes the famous city of Timbuktou, the remarkable mud city of Djenne with its 5-storey mosque and the cliff dwellings of Dogon Country.

Mali has a number of remarkable landscapes including the Hombori plains and the Adrar des Ifoghas. Half of the population live in extreme poverty and 90% are Muslim. The population's health and development indicators rank among the worst in the world.


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Why you should go:

Go to see the Great Mosque of Djenne.

Why you shouldn't:

It has Al-Qaeda operatives who target foreign nationals.

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