Mali has been and will continue to be for many people the vector of what is called the "Virus of Africa". The tourist, touched by the magic of Mali, comes and returns here because the country is not a tourist country. In writing this guide, we had to be careful not to get lost in sentimental considerations. It is indeed easy to fall in love with this country.
A legendary hospitality :
Malians are a heterogeneous and open people, whose customs - such as cousinhood, a kind of ancestral and mythical code that defines the relationship between two ethnic groups - persist despite the new rationality imposed by Western modernity.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette