Lesson 1: Trekking to Timbuktu: The Geography of Mali (Student Version)

The ancient city of Timbuktu lies in West Africa in the present-day nation of Mali. This is a region of varied landscapes, ranging from sizzling desert sands to tropical jungle. The Niger River that flows through Mali has been an important trading highway as well as a source of subsistence for the local people since very early times.

The first thing people back home will ask you is “Where in the world is Timbuktu?” Before you set out, better open up those maps and take a look.

You already know Timbuktu's in Mali, but where's Mali? And what's the landscape like there? How do you get around in Mali? And what's the weather like?

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