Gao

WARNING: Gao has been engulfed in an active conflict between Islamist rebels and Malian troops, backed by an international coalition of West African & French soldiers. The city was liberated from months of Islamist control in early 2013, but tensions remain high and sporadic outbursts of violence have occurred. Kidnapping of westerners occurs on a regular basis. Travel to Gao is highly discouraged, visitors should consult their embassies and remain cautions at all time. More information can be found in the warning box at the top of the Mali page. (Updated Apr 2015)

Gao is a small city of 65.000 inhabitants located in the Gao region of Mali.

Understand

The city was founded in the 7th century as a trading post, but it was during the 15th and 16th that the city flourished and its height was the center of the Songhai Empire.

Get in

By plane

Gao has an international airport, and Point Afrique offers flights to Paris and Marseille as well as other cities along the Niger.

By boat

A ferry service links Gao to other cities on the Niger, such as Timbuktu.

By road

Gao is connected to Bamako by a paved highway and can be reached in a private car or by bus. Buses also travel to Niamey several times per week, but the road to the border is still unfinished.

See

Tomb of Askia

Buy

Sleep

Go next

Buses leave Gao for Bamako two-three times per day. Buses also travel to Niamey several times per week, but the road to the border is still unfinished.


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