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On average a rental car in Mali costs $262 per week ($37 per day).
On average a rental car in Mali costs $1,124 per month ($37 per day).
Driving in Mali is relaxed, with most drivers following traffic rules. Be sure to adjust your driving to stay on the right-hand side. You will encounter many police checkpoints along the way, especially on the road leading to Bamako. Be extra careful when driving in Bamako, as there is a large number of motorbikes barely following traffic and road rules. The rural areas of Mali are easy to drive on, especially since you will encounter fewer stops at police checkpoints. However, most rural roads are unpaved and may be challenging to drive on during rainy seasons.
To hire a car in Mali, you must be at least 21 years old for most companies. However, some companies may have an age limit of about 25 years. If you are below 25 years old and looking to hire a car in the city, you may incur young renter fees in most rental companies. Some companies have an age restriction of at least 25 years for renters looking to larger vehicles, including SUVs. Ensure you have a valid driver’s license and identification documents for a streamlined renting process.
The price of gasoline in Mali is about 866 XOF (1.447 USD) per liter and 3278.17 XOF (5.48 USD) per gallon. The gas stations are readily available along the main roads, specifically in urban areas. Most gas stations offer full services, including tire pump services, but you will do the fuel pumping in most stations.
The default speed limits in Mali are 40 to 60 km/h, equivalent to 25 to 40 mph in urban areas and 100 km/h (60 mph) on rural roads and highways. There are no speed limit cameras in Mali. However, you occasionally meet traffic police checking for speed violators at checkpoints. Ensure you check for speed limit signage along the roads, as certain streets may have lower speed limits.