Why carry an IDP while driving in Mali?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Mali highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in Mali
Visit the Great Mosque of Djenné and Timbuktu. See the beauty of salt mines. It is best to explore this country by driving your own car. Here are a few and quick reminders before you head out.
- Traffic moves on the right side of the road.
- The minimum driving age is 21 years old.
- While driving, a driver and all passengers in the car must wear seat belts.
- Hands-free is a must. Keep your phones away unless they are hands-free.
- While riding, motorcyclists must wear protective helmets.
- You are not allowed to drive under the influence of alcohol in Mali.
- The speed limit is 40km/hr to 60km/hr in the cities and 100 km/hr (65 mph) outside the cities.
- Be sure to rent a four-wheel drive vehicle..
- Heavy traffic is expected, especially in the capital.
- Drivers who are driving vehicles with overhanging loads must have red and white striped reflective panels on the back of their cars.
- It is required the third party liability insurance.
- The police phone number is 17.
The rainy season is from middle of June to middle of September. During the rainy season, dirt roads often become impassable. Deep sand are common so four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving in Mali.
In Mali, there are several toll stations on the roads. The toll payment is fixed based on the type of the vehicle. If a driver comes back past the same toll booth during the same day and has his receipt, he will be exempt the second toll payment.
Numerous public transporters are on Mali roads; they may stop to pick up or drop off passengers any time so drivers should be very careful when driving.
Driving in Mali during winter:
Mali does not have winter. However, the best time to visit and travel in Mali is from October to January. It will be a great experience! Plan accordingly and you are good to go.
Enjoy your stay and have a safe travel.
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