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Here is How You Can Invest With Safaricom MALI

Richard Okenye

Safaricom is making headway into the investment space with a product announced three years ago, Safaricom Mali. Swahili for wealth, Mali will allow M-PESA users to invest and earn a 10 percent annual interest, which will accrue daily.

A MALI Account means a unit trust Account held by a customer in the Fund and which is opened and operated by Genghis Capital Limited . The new product, which caps savings at KSh 300K a day, allows for savings of as low as KSh 100.

How to Invest With Safaricom MALI

Customers will invest money through USSD code *230 # or via the services tab in the M-PESA App.

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By opting in, you confirm you are at least eighteen (18) years old. You also have to be a registered and active M-PESA Subscriber for at least three (3) months before opening a MALI M-PESA account. 

Units are traded at the daily ruling price and will be repurchased by the fund administrator, Genghis. Once an account has been opened, a statement of investment will be sent to you and subsequently monthly via email. Copies of statements are available on request from the MALI Mpesa Menu or the Safaricom App. The customer will also be able to query account status on the phone.

All third-party costs associated with the administration of the Fund will be charged to the Fund. These will include, but are not limited to, the fund management fees, Custodian and Trustee Fees, marketing, and fund administration fees.

They set these costs out as:

  • Fund Manager’s Fees – 2.0% per annum;
  • Withholding Fee – G overnment will charge the customer  a 15% withholding tax on the investment fund  and not on the interest earned from the investment.
  • Trustee Fees – 0.20% per annum
  • Custodial Fees – 0.15% per annum subject to a minimum fee of KES 10,000/= per month.

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Update : Safaricom Mali is now live and running

Update: Safaricom issues statement on Mali – 2.31pm December 5th.

Safaricom is rolling out a new product around M-Pesa that will allow customers to invest as little as KES. 100 in Unit Trusts, while earning daily interest. The product is available for all M-Pesa customers who’ve been active for the last 3 months, and you can join by dialing *230#.

What is Mali?

Mali translates to wealth from Kiswahili.

Defining exactly what Safaricom is doing will be quite tricky right now, given the full details of this product are yet to be made public. A simple way to explain it is that Safaricom, or whomever they’ve partnered with for ‘Mali’, will together, or even perhaps individually, act as the Fund Managers for the Unit Trust, while us the customers will be the investors pooling our resources, and giving them the cash to invest.

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To put it simply, Safaricom’s Mali is a vehicle. We are investors. We fill the vehicle with money from as little as KES. 100 to as much as KES. 70,000, and then the driver goes around investing our money in different things while earning us interest. Note that this may not be exactly how Mali works, but that’s the general idea, I believe.

The interest rate is at 10% per annum.

Mali has been on pilot for quite some time, and it seems the product is set to officially go live soon. Some people who earlier on received messages on the product, have already joined.

Requirements to join?

  • Be an M-Pesa customer for the last 3 months
  • Make sure you haven’t replaced your SIM card within the last 3 days
  • If you have multiple M-Pesa numbers, each line will be treated as a different account.

How to sign up to Mali?

  • Agree to terms and conditions
  • Enter M-Pesa PIN
  • Provide a valid email address, and a next of kin contact
  • Invest via USSD, or via PayBill number

I’ve tried signing up and all I’m getting is “we couldn’t process request at the moment”. This may be because the product is yet to go live officially.

On the platform, one will be able to access their investments, plus interests. Apart from topping up, one will also be able to instantly withdraw their funds (partial, or full) to their M-Pesa account. If the amount you want to withdraw is more than the M-Pesa limit, one will have option for it to roll over days.

Both deposits, and withdrawals are free. Which is a good thing. However, we are in Kenya, and taxes are inescapable, so there will be a 15% withholding tax charged on the investment income.

When more details on Mali become available, I will update this post. Meanwhile, if you’ve signed up, please share more details in the comment section below.

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If I invest 100000 how much do I earn permonth?

It’s one year since I invested n it works well,once u need to withdraw it’s just two minutes

Great innovation

This is a great news for we the Mpesa users. Getting a 10% annual investment on such investment via mobile platform is a great deal.

Iam waiting for it to be rolled like if it’s today

Good innovation

Wonderful step actually

We really need this in Uganda as well

15% withholding tax charged on the investment income, which translates to 15% of the 10%

10% per annum interest and 15% withholding tax on investment income . That means u invest at minus(-) 5%. Right? What does this translate to then? ‘Invest to lose’.

Hey, this is not how math works ?

Teach him that 10% is on 100,000 and the 15% is on 1,000 earned. Shenzi kabsa

I have just signed up in MALI if it works I will give a thumbs-up with time.

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A few days back, Safaricom unveiled Mali, its first jump into investment trusts. The telco has been working on this product since 2019 and it has finally received regulatory approval and is live. 

Safaricom has partnered with  Genghis Capital to roll out this product.  Those who invest can earn interest daily from investing as low as Ksh 100. This is convenient for those who do not have access to large sums of money to invest. It can also be seen as a savings option for some. 

It is very easy to get started with Mali and all you need is your Safaricom line.

How can you access Safaricom Mali?

You can easily access Safaricom Mali by Using

  • Open the m-pesa app
  • Tap on Services
  • Select ‘Mali’

You can also access Mali by dialling:

  • *230# and choosing Mali (it will be the first option)
  • Or *334# and choose option 5 (Financial Services)
  • Then choose option 1 For Mali

Safaricom Mali Fees

Some of the fees you should expect include:

  • 2% fund manager fee charged per annum by Genghis Capital.
  • Trustee (Bank) fee which is 0.2% per annum.  
  • 0.15% per annum as custodial fee subject to a minimum fee of Ksh 10,000 per month. 
  • 15% withholding tax charged by the Government on the investment fund. 

Benefits of Safaricom Mali

This is an investment trust product so you will be earning interest on the amount you invest. You can invest as low as Ksh 100 and as high as Ksh 300,000. The return is 10% annually which is even higher than some unit trusts offered by some banks. 

If you have some money you do not need, this can be the perfect investment plan for you. You can start investing conveniently from the comfort of your home. You can regularly top up your investment whenever you get money that you would want to save as there are no charges to move money to and from Mali.

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Kent Kamau

Safaricom has announced its entrance into investments in unit trust by launching a new product called Mali .

With Mali, customers will be able to earn daily interest with as little as Kshs. 100.

A Mali Account as described by Safaricom is a unit trust account held by a customer in the fund and which is opened and operated by Genghis in accordance with the Incorporation Documents and the set terms and conditions.

Customers can access the new product by dialing *230# and selecting Mali from the options that appear from the options provided.

The other best alternative, in this case, is to access the product from the M-Pesa app under the services tab.

Safaricom just recently received regulatory approval for Mali and Safaricom has partnered with Genghis Capital Limited to offer the service.

The maximum amount a customer will be able to invest is Ksh. 300,000 per day.

Mali promises to offer a 10% interest annually in a bid to attract more investors.

The telco also notes that customers will not be charged any transactional fees while transacting.

One major advantage of the service is that customers can get instant withdrawals of either partial or all funds which are credited to their Mpesa wallet.

In scenarios where the amount surpasses the set M-PESA limits, the payment will roll over to the next days until the full amount is settled.

Mali however has fees and charges in certain areas. These include:

  • The Fund Manager’s fees (Genghis fees) – The Fund manager will charge 2.0% per annum .
  • A withholding fee where the government will charge the customer a 15% withholding tax on the investment fund and not on the interest earned from the investment.
  • A trustee’s fee where KCB Bank will charge you as the customer a 0.20% fee per annum.
  • A custodial fee where will be charged at 0.15% per annum and is subject to a minimum of around Kshs. 10,000 per month

The investment product is set to be available to registered users who have had an active M-PESA wallet for more than 3 months.

In cases where a customer has multiple M-PESA registered numbers, these will be treated as separate accounts.

Additionally, customers who have had to replace their lines in the last three days will not be eligible for the service.

Lastly, customers need to be over 18 years of age.

You can be able to read more about the terms and conditions of Mali from Safaricom’s main website here.

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This round-trip through Mali takes you along the highlights in the southern regions of the country, while connecting with the local people, their daily lives and their culture. You visit the ancient town of Djenné, known for its mud-culture, hike through mysterious Dogon Country and make a day trip on the River Niger.

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Today you explore some of the nearby villages, with each having its own dominant population group. The Bozo, Bambara and Fulani are the main ethnic groups in the area. The visits will give you an insight into their culture and daily life. If you arrive here on Monday you will be able to visit the local weekly market, a coulouful lively place attended by people from all around. Enjoy lunch in a family setting where you can taste the regional dish Tion Tion. Then set out to stroll through Djenné’s alleys and get an impression of the mud culture with its Moorish influence. Visit the museum and the manuscript library and some other points of interest such as the sacred well and the tomb of Tapama Djenepo, a young girl who sacrificed her life to save the town.

DAY 4 (DJENNE – DOGON COUNTRY)

In the morning set out for Dogon country, located around the Cliff of Bandiagara, another Unesco’s World Heritage site. En-route stop in Songo, a lovely Dogon village known for its cave grotto and rock paintings, made by the village elders and used to teach the young boys in preparation for circumcision. In Dogon country it feels as though time has stood still. Life in the mud built village is lived by the rhythms of day and night and the seasons – running water and electric light have not yet arrived here After lunch in a Dogon encampment set out for a hike ( or go by car) to visit other Dogon villages. Spend the night under the stars (sleeping on a roof top) in a Dogon village or drive to one of the towns for accommodation with air conditioning.

DAY 5 (MOPTI)

Optional morning Activity:- Watch early morning mask dances that are part of Mali’s rich culture and you will see a selection of the most beautiful masks perform for you. Your guide will explain the meaning of the different types of masks. When the drums and the dance come to an end it is time to move on to another village. In the afternoon depart for Mopti. Set out on a city walk in the afternoon and visit the lively harbour, where fully loaded pirogues arrive from and depart for the North of the country. Enjoy a short sunset trip on the river to where the Bani and Niger Rivers meet. Due to its location on the two rivers the town is often referred to as the Venice of Mali.

DAY 6 (SEGOU)

Your journey today takes you a distance of about 400 kms to Ségou. The city of Balanzans (acacia trees) is located on the Niger river bank. It is praised for its laid-back atmosphere, the Monday market on the river quay, traditional arts and its rich history. Set out on a late afternoon city walk through one of the old neighborhoods, visit and / or visit a bogolan atelier. Bogolan (mud-cloth) is a traditional way of dyeing and decorating cotton cloth. The all natural dyes are made of leaves and tree bark, resulting in a few earthy colors. Mud from the river is used for the decorations. Visit the atelier to learn about the techniques and materials used and decorate your own piece of cloth.

DAY 7 (SEGOU & SURROUNDS)

Set out on a day excursion by boat in the Niger River. The traditionally built wooden boat has been adapted to provide comfort during the day. Visit Segoukoro, in former times the capital of the Bambara Kingdom. The old village has kept its history alive by preserving the tomb of the first King. Start with a courtesy visit to the village chief, who grants permission for the visit. He enjoys answering questions! Lunch is prepared by the crew on board. Then continue to Kalabougou, a pottery village. The women in the village master the art of pottery making. Traditional water jugs and modern vases are amongst the pottery made. Visit several courtyards to see the women at work. Usually during the weekends pots are being baked in huge fires on a square in the village. When time is left visit a Bozo village to get an impression of daily life of the fishermen. Beside of riverside villages there are temporary settlements of the nomadic Bozo. Enjoy watching the sun setting on the river as you return to Ségou for overnight.

DAY 8 (BAMAKO/DEPART)

In the morning return by road to Bamako where a day room is available for your comfort and convience. Visit the national museum and it lush gardens or the art market. Enjoy a farewell dinner before your airport transfer.

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS TO Mali

These itineraries will help you get an idea of what your trip might look like. They cover routes that work particularly well and feature our favourite accommodations. Treat them as inspiration to plan your next vacation. Our expert team will help you customize this itinerary.

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Mali Travel Guide

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Mali is one of the most peaceful nations on the African continent. The country has a great culture, friendly people, and breathtaking landscapes. This West African gem typically entices the more adventurous traveler with its wonderful outdoor excursions.

Mali is home to a great many legendary characters: the Tuareg desert nomads, recognizable by their deep blue garments, the ancient and mystical society of the cliff-dwelling Dogon, and the internationally renowned musicians Salif Keita and Ali Farka Touré. It is a nation that exists in harmony with its shining past and celebrates it by preserving musical, religious, cultural, and culinary traditions.

Mali held its first democratic elections in 1992, in which Alpha Oumar Konaré was peacefully installed as president of the republic. In 2002, Amadou Toumani Touré succeeded Konaré in elections deemed democratic and fair and was reelected in 2007. Touré will continue to lead the Malians until 2012.

What to Do in Mali

1. Bamako:  Mali’s capital is a colorful, throbbing metropolis that’s home to several museums displaying Mali’s rich history and culture, such as the Musée National. Shop in Bamako’s many markets, wander the tree-lined boulevards, and sample both traditional Malian cuisine and international fare. The nightlife and the music scene in Bamako are legendary. This city makes the perfect first stop on your Mali adventure.

2. Mali’s Rivers:  Mali’s largest and longest river is the Niger. The third-longest river in Africa, the Niger plays an important role in Mali’s economy and its population’s mobility. Taking a boat to get from one city to another is not only a great way to explore Mali but also a fine way to get around. It is also possible to hire pirogues or catch a ferry on the Bani and Sénégal rivers.

3. Djenné:  Visit the oldest known city in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the most important centers of Islamic education in Mali. It’s home to the largest mud-built structure in the world, the Great Mosque. It is easy to find a guide to show you around the Old Town; in fact, one will probably approach you as soon as you arrive. However, we recommend hiring a guide with Mali’s tourism bureau in advance. Arrange to visit the mud-dyed tapestry workshops of Djenné, where these beautiful traditional works of art can be purchased.

4. Dogon Country:  The Dogon people have lived along the 250-kilometer Bandiagara Escarpment for thousands of years, once in houses carved out of the rocks. Today they live mostly in small villages on the plateau beneath the cliffs. There are no cars in the Dogon, and the only way to get around is by hiking or hitching a ride on a donkey-drawn cart. Learn about the Dogon through their mask dances and wooden sculptures, and fall asleep on the tops of adobe houses under a dark sky spattered with stars.

5. Fatima’s Hand:  Located in the Hombori Mountains is Fatima’s Hand, a natural rock formation perfect for rock climbing. For those who like to climb outdoors, this is one of the best and most beautiful places in Mali to visit.

6. Boucle de Baoule National Park:  Given that much of Mali’s wildlife has disappeared under the hands of poachers, an animal safari will be hard to come by. But if you want to experience wildlife, the Boucle de Baoule National Park is your destination. The park covers 800,000 hectares of protected land where visitors can observe a myriad of birds and, if they’re lucky, even some lions. Also of interest in the park are ancient Malinke tombs and rock art.

7. Segou:  The second-largest city in Mali and capital of the former Bambara kingdom, Segou sits on the Niger River, in the agricultural heart of the country. Among its highlights are the town’s famous pottery, the Niono mosque, and the colonial architecture of the city’s administrative buildings. We also recommend taking short pirogue rides on the Niger to neighboring villages.

8. Mopti:  This city is often referred to as the Venice of Africa because of its busy river port, built hundreds of years ago. Originally a small fishing village, Mopti is now a major trade center. The Moroccan-Sudanese architecture of some of Mopti’s neighborhoods, as well as the main mosque, is worth checking out. Enjoy the bustle of port life, and visit the Marché des Souvenirs for trinket shopping.

9. Sahara Desert Excursion:  Have you always dreamed of riding a camel through the Sahara desert and camping in the dunes under cold, starry skies? The Sahara stretches over much of northern Mali, and desert excursions with experienced guides can be arranged from Timbuktu or Kidal. These excursions have lately been discouraged due to activity by Islamic extremist groups, but do your research thoroughly beforehand.

10. Timbuktu:  Founded in the 12th century, Timbuktu is a city in the north of Mali. In 1988 it became a World Heritage Site, but Timbuktu has always been considered a special place. Also known as “the mysterious city,” Timbuktu has long enticed foreign travelers. Visit the Djinguereber mosque, and admire the mix of Berber, Andalusian, and Egyptian architecture of this city.

11. Bandiagara Escarpment : Is an escarpment in the Dogon country of Mali. The sandstone cliff rises about 500 meters above the lower sandy flats to the south. It has a length of approximately 150 kilometers. The Cliffs of Bandiagara are a sandstone chain ranging from south to northeast over 200 km and extending to the Grandamia massif. The end of the massif is marked by the Hombori Tondo, Mali’s highest peak at 1,115 meters.

12. Tomb of Askia : Located in Gao, its believed to be the burial place of Askia Mohammad I, one of the Songhai Empire’s most prolific emperors. It was built at the end of the fifteenth century and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. UNESCO describes the tomb as a fine example of the monumental mud-building traditions of the West African Sahel.

13. Mount Hombori : Located in the Mopti region of modern day Mali, Mount Hombori is a magical place. A vast slab of desert rock, the mountain is over 1,000 metres tall and forms a plateau above the town of Hombori far below. It attracts a constant stream of hikers, climbers and sightseers, thanks to its road link with the airport in Mopti. Visitors can also see the mountain’s fascinating caves, which are one of Mali’s most important archaeological sites. Inhabited for over 2,000 years, these caves are providing an invaluable window into the distant past of the country and the Sahara region.

Though Mali is, by Western standards, hot all year round, it does have three seasons. February through June is dry and hot, especially in March through May. The rainy season lasts from June through November, with more humid and milder weather. November through February is cool and dry; we recommend that period for travelers who struggle with high temperatures.

Getting In and Around

Visas:  Most foreigners visiting Mali need a visa, and all need proof of yellow fever vaccination. One can apply for visas of various durations. Fees vary depending on country of citizenship. Check out the  complete visa requirements for Mali .

For those entering Mali from a bordering country, short-term tourist visas can be purchased at the border. Be sure to photocopy the first three pages of your passport, including the page containing your visa, and keep the photocopies separate from your passport in case it should be lost or stolen.

Transportation:  It is possible to rent a car or a four-by-four to get around Mali, though we recommend hiring a driver along with your vehicle. Outside of urban areas, roads are often unpaved or in poor condition.

A number of bus companies operate throughout Mali, most with hubs in Bamako. Buses traveling to small towns often do not run on set schedules, and they depart when they are full; make sure your schedule is flexible! Otherwise, buses to bigger cities are generally on time. Most roads in Mali are unpaved, so whether you are driving or being driven, be prepared for a bumpy ride.

It is also possible to travel by boat to and from cities along the Niger, Bani, and Sénégal rivers. The largest company running ferries up and down the Niger River between Bamako and Mopti is called COMANAV. You can catch the boats at various ports. This mode of transportation, while scenic, is extremely slow.

Mobile Phones:  Even if you have an international plan on your mobile phone, making local calls or calls back home can be very expensive. If you plan on needing or using a phone while traveling, we’d recommend renting a SIM card or buying a prepaid mobile phone and adding minutes as needed.

Safety and Security

Concerned about your safety as you plan to travel to Mali? We at Africa.com, together with our friends, family, and colleagues, travel extensively throughout the continent. Here are the resources we consult when thinking of our safety in Mali:

•  UK Government Mali Travel Advice Guidance

Africa.com comment: Very timely and frequently updated. Perspective assumes that you ARE going to travel to Mali, and seeks to give you good guidance so that you understand the risks and are well informed.

• U.S. State Department Travel Advisory on Mali

Africa.com comment: Can sometimes be considered overly conservative and discourage travel altogether to destinations that many reasonable people find acceptably secure. On the other hand, they have the resources of the CIA to inform them, so they know things that the rest of us don’t know. See what they have to say about Mali.

Local Advice

1. Mali is the largest country in West Africa, slightly less than twice the size of Texas and roughly five times the size of Great Britain. It is divided into eight regions that are further divided into circles, which are subdivided into arrondissements. The autonomous District of Bamako is the home of Mali’s capital, Bamako.

2. The currency in Mali is the CFA franc, which is also used throughout the rest of French-speaking West Africa. The symbol for the West African CFA franc is XOF.

3. Mali is a predominantly Muslim country (90 percent of the population follows Islam). Alcohol is still widely available and consumed, though, as are cigarettes. It is important not to wear revealing clothing, especially when visiting a mosque or religious site.

4. The official language in Mali is French. Bambara is spoken by 80 percent of Malians and is often used for trade and administrative purposes. It is difficult to find English speakers in Mali, so we recommend learning a few basic French or Bambara phrases to get by.

5. The type of food available to travelers varies depending on where you go in Mali. In Bamako, one can find anything from pizza places to Vietnamese restaurants. Standard fare throughout the rest of the country includes freshly baked baguettes (a vestige of French colonialism), millet in all shapes and forms (but most commonly served as a paste called tô), rice, meats such as goat and beef, peanut sauces, and capitaine, a freshwater fish found in the Niger River. Outside of Bamako and other major tourist destinations, most restaurants will offer only one or two dishes, often made from the ingredients mentioned above.

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Safaricom Introduces Mali, a new Investment Tool Powered by MPesa

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The region’s most profitable company Safaricom is introducing an investment tool dubbed Mali, which will allow MPesa users to invest as little as 100 for daily interest.

Mpesa users will be able to register Mali using the USSD code *230#, providing a valid email address and a next of kin contact. Safaricom is also looking to roll out the tool via My Safaricom App.

The wealth management tool will give a return of 10% interest annually.

Investors on the service will be able to access their investments instantly, with interest subject to withholding taxes. Customers can top up their investment using USSD or via the Paybill on Safaricom Sim Tool Kit. Mali allows customers to top up any amount between KSh 100 and 70,000.

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Mali will allow for instant withdrawals, of either partial or all funds, credited to the M-Pesa wallet. In case a customer wishes to withdraw beyond MPesa limits, the payment will roll over days until the full investment pays off.

Deposits and withdrawals from the investment tool are free.

Eligibility for Mali Service

Any user registered for M-Pesa for over 3 months is eligible to join Mali. However, if a user has multiple M-Pesa registered numbers, each line will be treated as a separate account.

Customers who replaced their sim cards in the last three days are not eligible.

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Despite an unfortunate situation that isolated absolute world wonders such as Dogon Country or Timbuktu, Mali is still out there, Malians carry on with their lives and, with proper help and planning, many of its gorgeous sites can be visited.

Mali is fabulous, one of the best countries in all of Africa, filled not only with culture and nature but also some of the most stunning buildings in the world, like the Grand Mosque of Djenné.

We plan to schedule several expeditions this year, but we can also design any sort of private adventure tour in Mali!

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Need to know for your Mali tour

How to get a visa.

You can apply at your nearest embassy, but we can also get you a Letter of Invitation and collect your visa upon arrival.

Is it safe?

The south is safe but anywhere north of Djenné is a big no go .

Which nationalities can join our Mali tours?

Almost any nationality can join our tours for Mali.

Our scheduled group tours for Mali

So far, we only have one tour scheduled for Mali.

The country is quite unstable, and that’s why we prefer to schedule them little by little.

Upcoming Mali Tours

These are all our upcoming tours to Mali

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All our Mali Group Tours include

Airport transfer

Accommodation

Private transportation and driver around Mali

Breakfast and lunch

English-speaking knowledgeable Malian guide

Tour leader

Entrance fees to the places listed in the itinerary

Private tailored tours for Mali

Do you want to travel solo, or with a group of friends?

With our local team in Mali, we can also organize any sort of private, tailored adventure.

However, note that we don’t organize Mali tours that include Timbuktu, Mopti or Dogon country.

Tell us your dates

When do you want to travel to MALI

Which places do you want to visit

We will design the perfect itinerary based on your needs

How will you apply for your visa

Via embassy or using our LOI?

Sample itinerary for our Mali tours

Here’s the standard 8-day tour we offer on most of our expeditions.

Day 1 – Arrival in Bamako

  • Day 1 is the arrival day in the capital of Mali, a day which we will spend picking you up from the airport, as well as welcoming you, checking into the hotel, and having a few beers.
  • In the evening, we will all have a welcoming dinner, so we can start to know each other, while we talk about the upcoming adventure.
  • Overnight in Bamako.

Day 2 – Full day exploring Bamako

  • I like Bamako because it is as vibrant as chaotic, and home to kind-hearted Malians who will use any excuse to play some music and dance along the bustling streets.
  • Being a relatively new city compared to all the historical sites found in Mali, Bamako lacks architectural gems as such but, from a cultural point of view, you will definitely love getting lost in the market lanes, checking out the vegetable gardens along the Niger River, or just strolling down the streets while dodging the endless scooters.
  • In Bamako, we will visit the medicinal market, the artisan market, the grand mosque, and the sand collectors.
  • In the evening, we will look for a place with Malian music.

Day 3 – Siby

  • Siby is an area 50km south of Bamako that belongs to the Manding Mountains, a highland area from southern Mali which stretches all the way to Guinea Conakry, and home to the Malinke people , one of the main ethnic groups in West Africa.
  • The area around Siby is a pretty scenic area for trekking, with vertiginous cliffs and peculiar rock formations like the arch of Kamadjan.
  • We will explore some of its natural wonders, as well as check out the mango plantations. February is the mango season in Mali, and all mangos come from here so, if you like mangos, know that in Siby you have all-you-can-eat mangos.
  • Siby is also home to unspoiled villages barely visited by travelers, and we will be checking out a few.
  • Overnight in Siby.

Day 4 – Ségou

  • Early morning, we will head for Ségou, a laid-back town with a particularly chilled-out atmosphere, sitting on the shores of the Niger River, and a real highlight of this trip.
  • On our arrival, we will have our main meal, check out the local market, and then we will take a boat to sail across the Niger River.
  • I remember there was a pretty cool bar by the river in Ségou so that we can finish our day there.
  • Overnight in Ségou.

Day 5 – Full day in Ségou

  • There are so many things to do in this area, including an authentic textile workshop which we will visit, and villages like Koro, which we will visit as well.

Day 6 – San

  • In the morning, we will take things slowly and then head to San, a small Malian city located around 3 hours from Ségou, and home to one of the most famous mud mosques in the country, after those in Djenné and Timbuktu.
  • This is also our base for visiting Djenné.
  • We will have lunch, visit the mosque, and enjoy the local life.
  • Overnight in San.

Day 7 – Djenné and back to Bamako

  • Very early in the morning, we will drive to Djenné.
  • Once an important commercial center that competed directly with Timbuktu along the trans-Saharan route, Djenné was also considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan towns in all of Africa but, unlike Timbuktu, Djenné went into decline much quicker, in the 16th century, and what used to be one of the most important centers for Islamic scholarship, is today nothing more than an agricultural, rural town.
  • Nonetheless, Djenné is absolutely photogenic, since the well-preserved town is entirely built of mud, typically a mix of sand, water, and cow dung, making it very pleasant to your eyes.
  • In Djenné, we will visit the mosque, as well as Quranic schools and of course, we will get lost among its lanes.
  • After lunch, we will head for Bamako.

Day 8 – Departure

On the last day, we will take care of your airport transfer.

Join a tour for Mali: FAQ

There are two ways of getting a visa:

  • Via embassy: Many embassies can issue you a visa but note that they all have different rules and prices. Some embassies will issue your visa in only one day, while others take 2 or 3 days. Prices vary too, but they tend to cost up to 70€.
  • On arrival: Our team in Mali can get you a visa pre-approval, so you don’t need to collect it at the embassy but directly at the airport. The price of this service (with visa fees included) is 100€.

Which nationalities can join this tour?

Pretty much all nationalities.

What’s the best way to reach Bamako?

The tour starts in Bamako, which has an international airport.

The most common connections to Bamako are via Paris (Air France), Morocco (Royal Air Maroc), Istanbul (Turkish Airlines) or Tunis (Tunis Air). Dakar is a common stopover too.

Some areas in Mali can be dangerous but the riskiest areas are concentrated north of Mopti and in the Dogon country, and we are not going anywhere near there.

We can offer you a visit to Djenné on a day trip from San.

Can I visit Timbuktu, Dogon Country, or Mopti?

Timbuktu can be visited by boat or charter plane, but not by road. However, given the risk involved, we don’t offer this service.

Dogon is currently off-limits.

Mopti is doable too but again, given the risk involved, we don’t take people there.

Do you recommend a specific travel insurance?

Either you are joining one of our trips, or you are traveling by yourself, you might want to look for proper travel insurance. Against the Compass has been a partner with IATI for several years already, recommending it to all readers, as well as covering all Joan Torres’ personal trips.

We like it because It covers all the countries where the FCDO advises against all travel, it offers budget plans and covers all sorts of adventure activities.

Against the Compass readers can benefit from a 5% discount .

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The following terms and conditions apply to MALI investment product and by accepting the terms and conditions, you will be deemed to have read, understood and accepted the same:

1. The Agreement

1.1. This Agreement sets out the complete Terms and Conditions (afterwards these Terms and Conditions ) which shall be applicable to the “MALI” Unit Trust Fund account (the “ Account ”) opened by you (Customer) with  M-PESA . The Terms and Conditions are also available at Safaricom’s website located at https://www.safaricom.co.ke/ (the “ Website ”).

1.2. Any update or amendment to these Terms and Conditions including privacy terms will be available on the Safaricom website www.safaricom.co.ke and will take effect from the date of notification of the update or amendment.

1.3. Amendments or variations made pursuant to these Terms and Conditions shall thereto take effect on their date of publication or as otherwise provided in such amendment or variation and shall be posted on the Website.

1.4. These Terms and Conditions are subject to the, Incorporation Documents, the “ M-PESA Customer Terms and Conditions ” and any other terms and conditions for any Safaricom products and services that you may use in the course of using the Account.

1.5. In the event of any inconsistency between these Terms and Conditions and any other relevant terms and conditions, these Terms and Conditions shall apply.

2. Acceptance of the Terms and Conditions2.1. Before opting to register for the Account and/or Service, you should carefully read and understand these terms and conditions as they govern the access, use and operation of the MALI Account.

2.2. If you do not agree with these terms and conditions, please click “ Decline ” on the MALI M-PESA Menu Opt-in Function.

2.3. You will be deemed to have read, understood and accepted these terms and conditions:

  • Upon clicking on the “ Accept ” option on the MALI MPESA Menu Opt-in Function requesting you to confirm that you have read, understood and agreed to abide by these terms and conditions; and or
  • By using or continuing to use and operate the MALI MPESA Account and/or Service.

2.4. By opting into the MALI Account and/or Service, you agree to comply with and be bound by these terms and conditions as amended and revised from time to time and you affirm that these terms and conditions are without prejudice to any other rights that we may have in law or otherwise regarding your registration, access and use of the Account and/or Service.

2.5. We may from time to time vary or amend these terms and conditions and your continued access and use of the Service constitutes your acceptance to be bound by the terms of any such amendment or variation.

3. Definitions and Interpretation

3.1. In these Terms and Conditions, the following words and expressions (save where the context requires otherwise) bear the following meanings:

  • “MALI Account” means a unit trust Account held by a Customer in the Fund and which is opened and operated by Genghis in accordance with the Incorporation Documents and the Terms and Conditions herein;
  • “Check balance” means a request or instruction received by Safaricom from you or purportedly from you through your mobile phone handset and MSISDN and made via the MPESA Application and upon which Safaricom is authorized to act. Purpose being to access information on amount invested and interest earned by the customer in the MALI Account.
  • “Customer” means an M-PESA subscriber operating an “M-PESA MALI Account” also referred to as an Investor;
  • “Custodian” means a bank appointed by the Trustee to offer custodial services to the Fund for this purpose being SBM Bank(Kenya) Custodian Services.
  • “Equipment” includes your mobile phone handset, SIM Card and/or other equipment which when used together enables you access the System”
  • “Fund” means the MALI Unit Trust Fund.
  • “Personal Information” means personal identifiable information as prescribed in the Data Protection Act which includes but is not limited to name, identification number, location data.
  • “Intellectual Property Rights” means any rights in any trade name, trademark or other intellectual property rights used by Safaricom or licensed to Safaricom and/or Genghis. “Incorporation Documents” means the MALI Unit Trust Supplemental Trust Deed, the applicable Information Memorandum and the M-PESA terms and conditions.
  • “ IPRS” means the Integrated Population Registration System operated by the Government of the Republic of Kenya;
  • “Investment” - This is the amount the customer deposits or transfers into their Mali account which shall be utilized for investment;
  • “Genghis” means Genghis Capital Limited, a limited liability company incorporated under the Companies Act and duly licensed as an investment bank by the Capital Markets Authority to provide fund management & Administration services also known as a Fund Manager or Administrator;
  • “M-PESA” means the money transfer and payments service provided by Safaricom through the M-PESA System;
  • “M-PESA Account” means a record maintained by Safaricom regarding the amount of electronic money from time to time held by the Customer with Safaricom that is represented by an equivalent amount of cash held by the MPESA Trustee on trust in accordance with the M-PESA Declaration of Trust and the M-PESA Customer Terms and Conditions;
  • “M-PESA PIN” means the personal identification number that uniquely identifies a subscriber for purpose of use of the M-PESA Service. The preferred PIN is confidential to you and should not be disclosed to any other person;
  • “M-PESA Subscriber” means any person registered to use the M-PESA System to send or receive money or make payments;
  • “M-PESA System” means the system operated by Safaricom in Kenya for the provision of the M-PESA Service using the Network;
  • “MSISDN” means the unique Mobile Subscriber Integrated Service Digital Network Number issued to a Safaricom subscriber and is used to identify the subscriber on Safaricom’s Network;
  • “Network” means Safaricom’s mobile cellular network;
  • “Pay Bill” means a pay bill account maintained by Safaricom for purposes of receiving payments made to it by a Customer for investment purposes;
  • “Top –up” means that the customer is adding funds to an already existing active account.
  • “Trust Deed” means the Fund’s constitutional and primary governance document herein being the umbrella trust deed dated 1 December 2012 as supplemented by the MALI Unit Trust Fund Trust Deed dated and as may be amended from time to time.
  • “Unit” means one undivided unit in the MALI portfolio.
  • “Withdrawal” means a request or instruction received by Safaricom from you or purportedly from you through your mobile phone handset and MSISDN and made via the MPESA Application and upon which Safaricom is authorized to act. Purpose being to access some or all of the funds in the account through redemption of your units held in the Fund;
  • “Opt in” means the confirmation from the Customer indicating that they are accepting the terms and conditions of the Service and that they are willing to use the Service.
  • “Opt out” means the confirmation from the Customer indicating that they wish to either not take up the Service or no longer use the Service.
  • “Safaricom” means Safaricom PLC, a duly licensed converged telecommunications service provider incorporated in Kenya as a limited liability company under the Companies Act (No. 17 of 2015);
  • “Safaricom App or My Safaricom App” means the software application upon which the service is offered;
  • “SMS” means a short message service consisting of a text message transmitted from one mobile phone to another;
  • “System Menu” means Genghis’ electronic investment and communication software enabling the Customer communicate with Genghis for purposes of issuing instructions and/or Requests and will for the purpose of this Service be accessed through the M-pesa System;
  • “Trustee” refers to KCB Bank (Kenya) Limited;

3.2. “ We ” “ our ” and “ us ” or its variants means Safaricom and includes the successors and assigns of Safaricom;

3.3. “ You ” and “ your ” or its variants means the Customer and includes the successors and assigns of the Customer;

3.4. Words importing the singular meaning where the context so admits include the plural meaning and vice versa.

3.5. Headings in these Terms and Conditions are for convenience purposes only and they do not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.

4. Investment Terms and Conditions

4.1. Units are traded at the daily ruling price and will be repurchased by the fund administrator, Genghis, in accordance with the Capital Markets (Collective Investment Schemes) Regulations, 2001 and on terms and conditions set out in the Trust Deed.

4.2. Completed application must be received for the Investment to be executed. This will be received electronically by selecting the Opt in option on the System Menu.

4.3. Subscriptions monies in cleared funds (collection account) received will be dealt with on the next dealing day.

4.4. The investor applies to invest in the MALI Account in accordance to the provisions of the Trust Deed at the net asset value (NAV) at the close of business on the date of receipt of the money by the Custodian, or receipt of this application, whichever is later. If received after 11.00am, the following day’s interest will be used to calculate value of the respective unit trust product(s).

4.5. The Investor shall at all times be responsible for any instructions sent to Safaricom or Genghis whether by USSD and shall ensure that any such instructions are complete and correct in all respects.

4.6. The Investor acknowledges the inherent risk associated with the selected investment products. The Investor furthermore agrees that Safaricom and Genghis will not be liable for the consequences of market influences and consequent changes in interest rates. The Investor bears the complete investment risk. Neither Safaricom, Genghis nor the Fund will be responsible for any loss, consequential or otherwise, arising from changes in tax or other legislation that may have an effect on the investment returns of the Fund.

4.7. The Investor is entitled to any information the law requires a collective investment scheme provider to disclose. Safaricom t is obliged to obtain and transmit such information if the investor requests it.

4.8. Once an account has been opened, a statement of investment will be sent to the Investor upon investment and subsequently on a monthly basis via email. Copies of statements are available to Investor on request from the MALI M-pesa Menu or the Safaricom App. The customer will also be able to query account status on phone.

4.9. Genghis and Safaricom reserves the right to withhold processing of any unclear, incomplete or ambiguous instruction forwarded by the investor.

4.10. Neither Safaricom, Genghis nor the Fund will be liable for any loss incurred due to incorrect information being supplied by the Investor.

5. Opening the Mali Account

5.1. By opting in, you confirm that you are least eighteen (18) years old and a registered and active M-PESA Subscriber for at least three (3) months immediately preceding the date of your application to open a MALI M-PESA account. Genghis reserves the right to verify with Safaricom the authenticity and status of your M-PESA Account and transactions and may decline your application if we are not satisfied that you have met these minimum requirements.

5.2. You hereby agree and authorize Genghis to request Safaricom for your personal information held by themin respect of provision of Safaricom products and services such as the M-PESA Service. Such personal information includes but is not restricted to your phone number, name, date of birth, ID or Passport Number and such other information that will enable us to identify you and comply with the regulatory “know your customer” requirements (together the “Personal Information”). You also hereby agree and authorize Genghis to request Safaricom for/Safaricom to use information relating to your use of the MPESA service, M-PESA System and other Safaricom products as we shall require for purposes of delivering the Services (“M-PESA Information”). You hereby consent to the use of and/or disclosure of the Personal Information and the M-PESA Information by Safaricom to Genghis and for us to use and or disclose such Personal Information to deliver the Service.

5.3. You may opt in solely by way of an electronic application made by you using your Equipment via the USSD, System Menu and Safaricom App.

5.4. You hereby agree and authorize us to obtain and procure your Personal Information contained in the IPRS from the Government of Kenya and you further agree and consent to the disclosure and provision of such Personal Information by the Government of Kenya to us.

5.5. You hereby further acknowledge and authorize us to verify your Personal Information received from Safaricom against the information received from the Government of Kenya in your respect as contained in the IPRS.

5.6. We reserve the right to request further information from you pertaining to your application to register for the Service at any time. Failure to provide such information within the time we require may result in a decline of your application to register for the Service.

5.7. Our acceptance or decline of your application to register for the Service shall be communicated through an SMS sent to your Safaricom mobile phone number (MSISDN) and or Equipment. You acknowledge and accept that our acceptance of your application to register for the Service does not create any contractual relationship between you and Safaricom and/or Genghis beyond the terms and conditions that apply to your M- PESA Account and the Service from time to time.

5.8. We reserve the right to decline your application to open a MALI Account or, subject to 30 days’ notice or such other notice as may be required by law, to revoke your registration at any stage at our sole discretion and without assigning any reason or, where not prohibited by law, without giving any notice thereto

5.9. You represent and warrant that none of the cash and other assets forming the Account have been derived directly or indirectly from any act or omission that may constitute an offence or as a result of or in connection with any criminal conduct under the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-money Laundering Act No. 9 of 2009 or any other written law;

6. Your Requests

6.1. You hereby irrevocably authorize us and/or Genghis to act on all Requests received by us using your PIN and to hold you liable in respect thereof. We may nevertheless refuse to carry out any requests beyond the scope of the Service as offered from time to time.

6.2. Safaricom and/or Genghis shall be deemed to have acted properly and to have fully performed all our obligations upon our compliance with the Request. We may ask for further information or confirmation (whether written or otherwise) from you before complying with a Request but shall not be obliged to comply with a Request in the absence of such further information or confirmation

6.3. We shall decline any Request if you have insufficient M-PESA balance. In deciding whether you have sufficient funds we shall, in liaison with Safaricom, take account of any outstanding Facilities, fees, charges, penalties and any other amounts due on your M-PESA in accordance with these terms and conditions or the terms and Conditions relating to the M-PESA Service.

6.4. You can only cancel a Request by calling the Safaricom Customer Care Centre and Requesting cancellation. Cancellation will however only be allowed where your Request is revocable and has not yet been acted on. If the Fund Manager is able to cancel your instruction you may be charged for such cancellation.

6.5. You accept and agree that, in relation to the Service, these terms and conditions shall prevail in the event of any conflict with any other agreement relating to your investment, M-PESA Account or any other agreement you may conclude with us or any other person relating to or impacting the Service, or these terms and conditions.

7. Customer Complaints

Complaints may be made in person in writing, by post, fax, e-mail or by telephone. Genghis will take all measures to resolve all complaints in a fair, appropriate and timely manner. All complaints will be handled in accordance with Genghis’ complaint handling procedures and The Capital Markets (Conduct of Market Business(Market Intermediaries) Regulations, 2017.

8. Fees Charges and Expenses

8.1. All third-party costs associated with administration of the Fund apply and will be charged to the Fund. This will include but not limited to the fund management fees, Custodian and Trustee Fees, marketing and fund administration fees.

9. Your Personal Information

9.1. You hereby expressly consent and authorize us to disclose receive record or utilize your personal information or information or data relating to your account and any details of your use of the Services:

  • to and from our service providers, dealers, agents or any other company that may be or     become     the     our affiliate or     subsidiary or holding company for reasonable commercial purposes relating to the Services;
  • to the Capital Markets Authority;
  • to our lawyers, auditors or other professional advisors or to any court or arbitration tribunal in connection with any legal or audit proceedings;
  • to Safaricom in connection with the M-PESA Service and the Services;
  • for reasonable commercial purposes connected to your use of the Services, such as marketing and research related activities; and
  • in business practices including but not limited to quality control, training and ensuring effective systems operation.

9.2. You authorize us to disclose any information relating to your investment account to any local, foreign or international law enforcement or governmental agencies so as to assist in the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of criminal activities or fraud or to any other institution or third party as required by the laws of any country and as we may deem necessary.

9.3. You authorize us to disclose, respond, advise exchange and communicate the details or information pertaining to your investment account to third parties involved in the administration of your investment account, underwriting of insurance policies, updating of databases, or provision of user support.

9.4. You shall notify your nearest Safaricom shop in writing of any changes to your Personal Information or update the same through the Equipment on your USSD or Safaricom App including but not restricted to your name and address. Until such notice is received, your Personal Information shall be deemed to be that which you provided in your application to register for the Service.

10. Your Equipment and Responsibilities

10.1. You shall at your own expense provide and maintain in safe and efficient operating order such Equipment necessary for the purpose of accessing the Services.

10.2. You shall be responsible for ensuring the proper performance of your Equipment. We shall neither be responsible for any errors or failures caused by any malfunction of your Equipment, and nor shall we be responsible for any computer virus or related problems that may be associated with your access and use of the Services and Equipment. You shall be responsible for charges due to any service provider providing you with connection to the Network and we shall not be responsible for losses or delays caused by any such service provider.

10.3. You shall follow all instructions, procedures and these terms and conditions and any other documents we may provide you concerning access and use of the Services and Equipment.

10.4. You agree and acknowledge that you shall be solely responsible for the safekeeping and proper use of your Equipment and for keeping your PIN secret and secure. You shall ensure that your PIN does not become known or come into possession of any unauthorized person. We shall not be liable for any disclosure of your PIN to any third party and you hereby agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any loss and damage we may incur as a result of your intentional, negligent or reckless disclosure of the PIN.

10.5. You shall take all reasonable precautions to detect any unauthorized use of your Equipment, PIN and or the Services and immediately notify us and Safaricom to enable us to take steps to protect your investment account and M-PESA Account respectively.

10.6. You shall immediately inform us through the Customer Care Centre in the event that:

  • You have reason to believe that your PIN is or may be known to any person not authorized to know the same and/or has been compromised; or
  • You have reason to believe that unauthorized use of the Service has or may have occurred or could occur and a transaction may have been fraudulently input or compromised.

10.7. You shall at all times follow the security procedures we notify you from time to time or such other procedures as may be applicable to the Services from time to time. You acknowledge that any failure on your part to follow the recommended security procedures may result in a breach of your responsibility to keep Personal Information confidential. In particular, you shall ensure that the Services are not used or Requests are not issued or the relevant functions are not performed by anyone other than a person authorized by you.

11. Intellectual Property Rights

You acknowledge that the intellectual property rights in the Service (and any amendments, upgrades or enhancements thereto from time to time) and all associated documentation that we provide to you are vested in Genghis or Safaricom pursuant to the contractual agreements between Genghis and Safaricom or in other persons from whom Genghis and/or Safaricom has given a right to use and to sub-license. You shall not infringe any such intellectual property rights. You shall not duplicate, reproduce or in any way tamper with any documentation or functionality on the Equipment, USSD, STK Menu or Safaricom App without ours and Safaricom’s prior written consent.

12. Variation and Termination of Relationship

12.1. We may at any time, upon notice to you, terminate or vary our business relationship with you and suspend or discontinue your Account and or access to the Service:

  • if you use the Service for unauthorized purposes or where we detect any abuse/misuse, breach of content, fraud or attempted fraud relating to your use of the Services;
  • if your M-PESA Account or agreement with Safaricom is terminated for whatever reason;
  • if we are required or requested to comply with an order or instruction of or a recommendation from the government, court, regulator or other competent authority to that effect or necessitating it;
  • if Safaricom and/or Genghis reasonably suspects or believes that you are in breach of these terms and conditions;
  • where such a suspension or variation is necessary as a consequence of technical problems or for reasons of your safety or public access fees;
  • to facilitate update or upgrade the contents or functionality of the Services from time to time;
  • where your M-PESA Account becomes inactive or dormant or is deemed abandoned in line with the Unclaimed Financial Assets Act;
  • if we decide to suspend or cease provision of the Services for commercial reasons or for any other reason as we may determine.

12.2. Termination shall not affect any accrued rights and liabilities of either party and, in particular, shall not affect your obligations to meet any liabilities incurred prior to such termination or interest earned from your Investment.

13. Redemption of Units

13.1. You may apply for redemption of your units, in whole or in part, through your Equipment, in accordance with the applicable terms of the Trust Deed.

13.2. Redemption – Upon successfully redeeming your units and receiving your Investment (and any interest thereon) receipt of which shall be effected within a maximum of 72 hours the Customer shall cease to be a Unit Holder to the extent of the Units redeemed.

13.3. Your right to redeem units may be suspended in certain exceptional circumstances  with the Trustee’s consent and in accordance with the Trust Deed and the Capital Markets (Collective Investment Schemes Regulations 2001(as may be amended from time to time).

14. Breach of Terms and Conditions

In the event of any breach of these terms and conditions, we may in circumstances where you fail to comply or fail procure compliance with the terms of a notice consequently served on you, require immediate redemption in full of your Investment (and any interest thereon) and/or forthwith terminate the contractual relationship with you without any consequential liability to you or any other person.

15. Dispute Resolution, Jurisdiction and Arbitration

15.1. You may contact the Safaricom Customer Care Center or account manager with Genghis (if any) to report any disputes, claims or discrepancies in your Investment account. Our customer care representatives shall handle the report in accordance with our standard complaint handling procedures (“the Complaints Procedure ”). 

15.2. Any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement that is not resolved through the Complaints Procedure within thirty (30) days shall be referred to arbitration by a single arbitrator chosen by mutual agreement of the parties.  In default of agreement, or failing such agreement, the dispute shall be referred to single arbitrator appointed by the Capital Markets Authority (being a licensed Fund Manager under the Capital Markets Act (CAP 485 A) of not less than 10 years standing in practice. Such arbitration shall be conducted in the English language in Nairobi in accordance with the provisions of the Arbitration Act.

15.3. To the extent permissible by Law, the determination of the Arbitrator shall be final, conclusive and binding upon the parties hereto.

15.4. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Kenya.

16. Death or Bankruptcy

On your death or bankruptcy, your obligations shall remain in full force and effect until such a time as they shall be duly satisfied in the manner prescribed by law. Any Investments, held in your Account shall be dealt with in accordance with the applicable law.

17. Notices

Without prejudice to any other clause in these terms and conditions, all notices concerning the Service shall be sent via SMS to the Safaricom mobile phone number (MSISDN) associated with your M-PESA Account and shall be deemed received if we do not receive a delivery failure notice.

18. Privacy

We are committed to respecting and protecting the privacy of the information we collect from you. Our privacy statement, as updated from time to time, explains how we treat your personal information, who we share your information with and measures taken protect your privacy when you use our Service. This can be found on Safaricom Data Privacy Statement. If unable to access the link or our website please reach us on any of our customer care channels to receive a copy.

19. Collection of Information

We are required by law to collect certain personal information and are legally obligated to deny you the service if such information is not availed.

Apart from the legal obligation mentioned above, we also need to collect your Personal Information for quality service delivery. Please note that although this is voluntary, without such information we may not be able to provide quality service.

We share the information we collect with you with the fund manager to enable them to give you the product offering.

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, a person with Parental Authority may open and maintain an account in their name for and on behalf of a minor. For purposes of this agreement, a person with Parental Authority shall include the birth parents of a minor, legal guardian, school-master or other person who can demonstrate legitimate authority over the minor’s affairs.

21. Miscellaneous

21.1. These terms and conditions (as may be amended from time to time) form a legally binding agreement binding on you and your personal representatives and successors.

21.2. This Agreement and any rights or liabilities accruing thereunder may not be assigned by you to any other person.

21.3. We may vary or amend these terms and conditions and tariffs at any time and without notice to you. You will be notified of any such variations or amendments within 30 days in advance of their intended commencement date and such notice and particulars of the variations including the amended version of these terms and conditions shall be published on the fund manager’s and Safaricom websites and may, additionally, be published in posters or pamphlets and availed at Safaricom’s Agents outlets, fund manager’s or in the daily newspapers or by any other means as we may determine.

21.4. No failure or delay by either yourself or on our part in exercising any right or remedy hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right or remedy prevent any further or other exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right or remedy.

21.5. The rights and remedies herein provided are cumulative and not exclusive of any rights or remedies provided by law.

21.6. If any provision of these terms and conditions shall be found by any duly appointed arbitrator, court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable the invalidity or unenforceability of such provision shall not affect the other provisions herein.

21.7. Any variations or amendments to these terms and conditions shall be binding upon you as fully as if the same were contained in these terms and conditions.

21.8. Your contractual relationship with the fund manager is governed in all respects by the Laws of Kenya and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Kenya courts.

22. Disclaimer

19.1. Past performance is no indication of future results and that investing in a unit trust scheme constitutes a risk for your invested capital. This document does not constitute a distribution recommending the purchase or sale of any security or portfolio.

19.2. Please be advised that the investment product Information Memorandum contains all information necessary to evaluate the product and should be read before investing. We recommend that you consult your own independent financial advisor to obtain professional advice before exercising any decisions based on the information present in this document.

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Introduction

Mali map with capital Bamako click to zoom Mali is a landlocked country situated in West Africa. It has land borders with Algeria in the north and northwest, Niger in the east and south, Burkina Fasso and Ivory Coast in the south, Guinea to the southwest, Senegal to the west and Mauritania to the west and northwest. Two massifs dominate Mali, which is served by two rivers - the Niger and Senegal and their tributaries. The republic is divided into three natural zones; the Sudanese, an area of cultivation covering some 200,000 sq. km (77,220 sq. mi) in the south and in the Niger delta; the Sahelian and the Saharan. In the southwest are the mountains of the Futa Jallon, which rise 600-700 meters (1,970-2,300 ft) and are deeply notched by valleys. The second massif, in the circle formed by the Niger River, is virtually a plateau and rests on the sandstone base.
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Mala Mala offers luxurious accommodations and top-notch services. The lodges and camps within the reserve are designed to provide a high level of comfort and elegance while maintaining a close connection with the natural surroundings. Guests often appreciate the personalized attention, gourmet dining experiences, and the overall sense of exclusivity that comes with staying at Mala Mala.

Mala Mala is the largest private game reserve in South Africa.  It is 13,300 hectares and has a 19km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. The expansive territory encompasses various ecosystems, including riverine areas, savannahs, and woodlands, providing a range of habitats for different species. This diversity enhances the overall safari experience, as guests have the opportunity to encounter a wide array of wildlife in their natural settings.

The large size of Mala Mala is a key factor in the diversity and abundance of wildlife found within the reserve. ‍ Included in the package are two daily safari activities with expert guides. Game drives have special permission to go offroad and there is a limit of six guests per game viewer to make the experience as private and personalised as possible.

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Firstly, we'll handle everything including your lodging, flights and transfers! Mala Mala Game Reserve is less than a one hour drive from Skukuza Airport (SZK). There are daily flights from Johannesburg (JNB) and Cape Town (CPT) to SZK. At a slightly higher budget one can also land directly at the lodge airstrip in the reserve.  Either via a commercial flight operated by Federal Air, or by chartering a private aircraft. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the finer details.

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Now I decide to share my experience with everybody and explore Tanzania, and also to encourage a new way of Travel into the remote of Northern and southern circuit in Tanzania.

We love nature and enjoy liberty, we offer you the chance to explore the natural environment, wildlife, cultural activities, mountain trekking and beach holidays of our beautiful country.

Tanzania is one of the least known countries in the world, as well as one of the least explored. It is a country open to the imagination, with so much to discover:- National parks, open savanna, volcanic mountains, salt flats, 1000 years of forests, lakes, rivers and ocean. At the same time, Tanzania offers a journey through the history of human evolution as the cultures that originated there thousands of years ago and maintained their customs to this day.

In these privileged natural territories, the opportunity to explore natural parks such as :-Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Manyara, Tarangire, Selous, Mikumi, Udzungwa, Ruaha, Katavi and Mahale. Enjoy with flow Africa the most beautiful African scenery, flora and fauna and takes part in bird watching in walking safaris and enjoy the opportunity of a fascinating visit to the local tribes in their natural environment.

Mali Kale offers all kinds of safaris such as camping & lodges in luxury and medium safaris and we offer the chance to those of you who want to design with us their safari. We cater for individuals, private and incentive groups or professional filming crews with the same attention to detail in creating a unique adventurous emotion.

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Travelling from Senegal to Mali by Public Transport

How to go from senegal to mali –  tambacouda to bamako bus trip.

Before heading all the way to Bamako, I had the plans to visit the family of some of my friends at home (Spain) in very tiny villages all over Senegal. So I took the bus in Tambacouda, Senegal but I know that the bus I took came all the way from Dakar. There’s at least 1 per day, but not with the same bus company, so I suggest to buy the ticket in advanced. You can also reach Tambacouda from Cassamance.

To buy the bus ticket, you ask until you find the garage of any of the bus companies heading to Bamako. I used AfricaTours but there’s at least another 10 bus companies with route to Bamako.

They may ask for your phone number so they can call you when the bus departure is nearing.

My tip is: first thing you do when you arrive by bus to any city, is to ask when is the bus to your next destination, and plan it from there, since you are already at the bus station.

Originally, I had planned to cross Mali through Kidira border, hoping to take the train in Kayes that would take me to Bamako. I confirm that as per October 2017, there’s no train Kayes – Bamako.

In my case, bus drove very fast. I left Tambacouda around 5 PM and reached the border at 5:00 am. I must admit that the border at night was a little scary. I had arranged my Mali visa before leaving Spain. Once at the border they didn’t asked any money, although I heard that I could’ve got my VISA at the border, this is not confirmed.

In Spain, my VISA was 70€ (+ 2 trips to Madrid), they said that at the border its 10€ for the VISA and 10€ for the policeman. The people that payed for their visa at Mali border had to pay in the different check-points while I didn’t had to pay anything.

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From the border, the route is straight forward to Bamako city. I arrived at 2 PM. Most companies have 2 garages, find a reference point of where is your hotel and ask for that reference point. Most people (including drivers) can’t read maps. Chances your Hotel is near the German embassy are very high and everybody knows where it is.

If I could go back, I would’ve got off the bus and try to stop by Bafing National park for a couple of days. We passed by it and nature I saw was amazing!

Breakdown costs of   bus from Tambacouda to Bamako Mali

Price Tambacouda – Bamako: 30€

Timing: Tambacouda 19:00 – Border 5:00 – Bamako 14:00 next day. Keep in mind that your times may vary depending on how long it takes your bus to go through every military control so delays might occour and trip to Bamako ends up longer than in my case.

Other bus companies operating: Africa Tours, Noir tours, Sonef, Transafrica

Practical tip: ask for Bus garage – works better than asking for bus station for some reason.

Bamako Mali

After a very long bus ride from Tambacouda (Senegal) I arrived in Bamako.

Crossing the Niger River for the first time was exciting! Bamako city itself surprised in a good way. If compared to some other cities in Africa, its quite modern- except for the lack of ungrounded drains.

Very large roads with traffic lights and many lanes that cross the city in several directions and “megablocks” asphalted on the outside and without asphalting on the inside, which makes almost nobody ride inside, the kids play free on the street, people sell anything at the door of their houses drinking tea all day …

My favourite part was Bamako market. I spent most of my time there and loved it. People were not in hustling tourist mode. Most locals were curious about me, and even when I didn’t bought anything they were happy to invite me for a tea.

 Note that after 6 Pm you should be already back to your hotel. The environment changes a lot between day and night and as soon as the night falls, most people seem to be rushing home.

As a solo female traveler in Bamako I had not a single issue to move around Bamako by bus or walking alone throughout the day. Mostly the bus fares around the Bamako city cost around 100 CFA (15 cents), water bags 50 CFA (more common than bottles of water)  and fresh watermelon 25 CFA. Eating rice with sauce at any of the local food stands in the street was 200 CFA without meat (Yay for vegetarians!) and 500 CFA for meat meals.

On the bus ride from Tambacouda to Bamako I made friends with and they invited me to visit their homes. It was great to see the suburbs of Bamako and see local life. I was also safe there although I noticed that police was following my steps.

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I booked a dorm in Sleeping Camel Hotel. Dorm price 5000 CFA per night. They also have private rooms. Great atmosphere and amazing staff! Also they had real coffee, western food cooked western style and money exchange at a very good rate.

Only thing to note: their safety measures scared me a little bit the first time I got in, since you have to pass 2 doors and a metal scan before you can get in.

Travelling to  Carrefour Djenne from Bamako

There’s several buses from Bamako to the Carrefour Djenne every day. Any bus going to Mopti will drop you there. In my case, I took the bus from Africa tours from 18:00 that left surprisingly on time.

I didn’t know at the time that the checkpoint from Djenne would be closed at that time, so everybody in my bus (and many buses and trucks going ahead of us) had to get off (that was around 2 am). Villagers come and offer you mats for rent for 200 CFA. People seemed calm so that calmed me down (Solo female traveler here). I found a mother with her children and slept near her.

Around 6 in the morning everybody is up and checkpoint starts operating again. In the crossing there are minibuses to Djenne. No schedule. Price was 1500 CFA. Ferry was included.

I stayed in “Village des Amies” a Hotel near the river, about 4 kms from Djenne. It was very peaceful and from there it was very easy to meet villagers since they also run a social project. Price was 5000 CFA per night.

To go to Djenne I “hitchiked”  the donkeys. But many people are willing to give you a ride in their motorbike. If that’s not your style you may prefer to stay inside the city, but it will not be as cheap.

Also, one thing to know about Djenne was the smell. It’s an ancient city with ancient sewage system, so I was very happy to sleep outside the city.

The city is small, easy to walk. Reminded me to Moroccan Medina. In the plaza in front of the Great Mosque  you will meet the few guys that speak English and that will want to offer you a tour. There are alsoso called guides that will take you to the Dogon villages for a more reasonable price.

In my case, army guys told me I couldn’t go to the Dogon Villages by myself (As per October 2017) because of the “Bandis Armés” – what in Europe we call Jiihadis.

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In my case, I ended up becoming friends with a Dogon girl my age and she brought me to her village – which was an amazing experience-. I regret a little bit I didn’t go to Bandiagara.

To leave theCarrefour Djenne, head to the square in front of the mosque, there will be mini vans waiting.  Same price. In the Carrefour just wait for a bus to leave towards Mopti or Bamako. I got on the 3rd bus that passed, only had to wait about 15 minutes. That was around 10 am. Ride to Mopti costs 1000 CFA.

In other days, Mopti was a touristic city that was an important stop in the way to the mysterious Timbuktu, still today, if you are not a possible AQM target, you can take a boat that will take 3 days until there.

But if you are a white-european-solo-female traveler like me you will have to head in the opposite direction. Just 1 week after I visit Mopti, AQM had attacked Severe, a city just 20 kms away.

I got here from the Djenne Carrefour. I can confirm that there are several buses going from Mopti to Bamako and back. Keep in mind that if you take a night bus, you might spend the night in the road due to check-points being closed. A bus from Bamako should be 10000 CFA. A bus from/to Bandiagara 1500 CFA and a bus from/to Djenne carrefour 1000 CFA.

Mopti was the first city where people did seem very desperate for the money. I met a UN worker that explained me that many people fled the violence,ended up homeless in Mopti. I only spent a day and a half in Mopti and was more than enough. Briefly visited market, walke around the great mosque and took a boat ride.

There’s still a few luxury hotels open and 1 budget hotel called Y’A Pas de Probleme Hotel. Night was 5000 CFA for the dorm and the staff was lovely (they also had private rooms). It’s close to the area where the bus companies are and the boats towards your next destination.Hotel had Air-condition, clean rooms and they even had toilet paper!

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Boat to Segú Mali

In my case, I decided to take a boat towards Segú, on my way back to Bamako. I had paid 10€ for the boat with “bed” included (which was just a mat on top of some wood with mosquito net). My boat left at 16:00 and arrived to Segú around 10:00 AM next day. The trip was lovely.

I did not do much sightseeing in Segú, since I had plans to continue towards Bamako. But again, Segú was super safe! From there I took a bus back to Bamako. I payed 2500 CFA. Left at around noon and arrived in Bamako at 14:30.

Natalia , born in Guatemala, At 24 has already backpacked 46 countries and counting. Loves learning different ways of understanding basic everyday things for different people around the globe. First phrase she learns in every language is “strong woman” and tries to find out it’s meaning for every culture she visits. Hopes you find information and courage in her words to go discover the world too.

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Richard Branson's Mahali Mzuri in the Masai Mara

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Lodge location Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Front row seats to the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Expert guides, spa treatments, endless plains and stargazing after sundown. Mahali Mzuri is more than your average safari camp. Located in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, this small-scale luxury safari camp offers guests an exclusive safari experience in one of the most wildlife-rich parts of the Mara ecosystem. Mahali Mzuri means 'beautiful place' in Swahili, a name that is more than fitting.

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Take to the skies, luxurious tented suites, game drives, foodies be ready, bring the family, nearest airport, meet your hosts, personal bar, treat yourself, stay together, stay connected, fine cuisine, stunning safaris and luxury creature features.

This safari camp's name says it all. Mahali Mzuri is Swahili for 'beautiful place'... and the name could not have been more appropriate. Nestled against the northern edge of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve , this camp is one of only five safari camps allowed to operate in the exclusive private Olare Motorogi Conservancy . The conservancy is home to a stunning array of wild animals ranging from elephants and wildebeests to lions, zebras and leopards. The entire area is brimming with life and the camp's professional Maasai guides and trackers know how to track even the most elusive of beasts. The scenery is stunning and only adds to the romantic 'Out of Africa' feel most guests experience during their stay here. What's more, you won’t have to drive far to start spotting game. The adventure starts at the camp's front doorstep.

There are plenty of wild animals to spot all around the camp. You may even witness a wilderness turf war as there are several different lion prides living within the borders of the conservancy. They are known to occasionally battle it out for dominance of the area. There are also approximately 150,000 wildebeest living in this area. They seem perfectly content to stay put where they are and are not a part of the epic 'Great Migration' that takes place annually. During the Great Migration up to one million wildebeest, accompanied by thousands of zebras, gazelles, eland and topi migrate through Tanzania and Kenya through a total of 1,600 kilometres. Predators such as lions, leopards and hyenas take advantage of the great parade of animals passing through the lands and can be seen in large numbers during the Great Migration. The Great Migration arrives in the conservancy sometime in the months July through September and leaves around November to return to the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Mahali Mzuri is truly next level in terms of comfort and luxury offered to its guests. In addition to twelve luxury safari tents the camp is home to a warm and inviting centrally located main tent. The main tent has a very laid-back and relaxing lounge area with an open fireplace, a library filled with books, iPads for complimentary guest use, an iPod docking station and speaker system, a games console, and television. Binoculars are available for complimentary use, although it might be better to bring your own. The main tent has a large deck where breakfast and lunch are served at a large communal table that seats up to 24 guests. One of the most appealing features in the common area is the camp's lavish twelve metre infinity-edge swimming pool (which can be heated when temps drop). The camp's Nasaro Spa is another prize feature at Mahali Mzuri. The spa tent offers guests a stunning view of the bush during relaxing massages.

Situated on a ridge above the river, each of the safari camp's twelve tented suites is beautifully decorated and fully decked out for comfort. There are six tents on each side of the main tent in the common area. The furthest guest tent is located a five-minute walk away from the main tent area. The view from each of the guest tents is simply stunning and will keep you gazing out upon the horizon. The tents are decorated in an atmosphere of safari nostalgia, complete with heavy leather couches, dark-wood furnishings and some splashes of colour. Of the twelve tents there are ten comfortably accommodate two adults (with a four-poster king-sized bed or two twin beds) and two tents are larger and can accommodate two additional guests of fifteen years and younger. In total, up to 24 guests can be accommodated at Mahali Mzuri at any given time. Inside each tent guests you'll find creature comforts such as an en-suite bathroom, a private deck and amenities such as a Bose iPod dock, a Nespresso machine, free bottled water, a minibar and Africology bath products.

There are two family safari tents that include a sofa bed for children to sleep on. The camp will also provide families special meals for children and have special activities specifically geared towards children on safari. They can for instance take part in beading lessons provided by a local Maasai tribeswomen or they can take part in beginner's archery classes. Children receive their own 'bushbaby bag' when they arrive at the camp. The bag is filled with colouring books, nature-trail games and a cap. Families of four and up are also offered their own private safari vehicle during game drives. Children eight years and over are welcome at Mahli Mzuri.

Mahali Mzuri food experience

From early morning to late at night, the staff at Mahli Mzuri does its utmost to ensure guests enjoy a memorable stay. The camp's chefs use locally sourced produce to create mouth-watering masterpieces for every meal and all meals and drinks (even fine champagne) are included in the price of your stay. Guests can help themselves to anything they desire at any time of day. If you have special dietary needs, just let the camp know ahead of time and they will prepare meals accordingly. The camp's chefs create menus that are influenced by a variety of cultures (local and international).

You can expect freshly baked breads and pastries, bush BBQ's, champagne picnics and sundowners with very tasty appetisers and your favourite drinks and cocktails. You'll sit down to eye- and palate-pleasing meals in the open bush, on your own private deck or in the common dining tent. Breakfast is generally served as a continental buffet and includes a la carte hot dishes. You can also opt to grab a quick snack in the morning before heading off on an early morning game drive. Another alternative would be to have your guide bring along a packed lunch for a fully decked out breakfast in a scenic location in the bush.

Lunch is usually enjoyed out on the main deck on individual tables and guests can dine a la carte. If you're in for a quick bite before dinner, you can enjoy an afternoon tea before heading out on an evening game drive. Dinner is served at a large communal table in the bush or can even be served in a more intimate setting for two. Occasionally the camp offers dinnertime entertainment in the form of Maasai dancers by campfire. After a long day of safari, we recommend asking the bartender for a Kenyan Dawa. It’s a cocktail made up of vodka, lime juice and honey. The name is Swahili for 'medicine'.

Activities at Mahali Mzuri

There are plenty of things to do and see while staying at Mahali Mzuri. The camp has a full range of activities on offer. Two safari game drives per day are included in the price of your stay. You can choose from early morning game drives and evening game drives, each offering a unique and exciting vantage point for spotting animals. If you're up for something a little more adrenaline rich, you can book a hot-air balloon safari (not included in the price of your stay). If you're spending more than just a few days in the conservancy, you can also consider taking a day trip into the actual Masai Mara National Reserve (surcharge may apply).

Another memorable option provided by Mahali Mzuri is the opportunity to learn more about Maasai culture and traditions. Your guide can take you on a tour of a local Maasai village which lies just a short drive away from the camp. During your visit to the Maasai manyatta (village) you will learn more about how houses are built by the Maasai women, how responsibilities are divided up within families, you'll receive a guided tour of a traditional Maasai home and cattle holding area and you'll even be invited into one of the homes for tea and receive a basic lesson in Maa (the Maasai language). This will give you an idea of what life is like in a Maasai community. If you like you can also visit the local Maasai markets.

Mahali Mzuri special offer

Book your Masai Mara safari adventure at Mahali Mzuri for three nights and stay an extra night free of charge! This special offer is valid for arrivals between 9 January and 14 June, and between 1 November and 21 December 2023.

Tripadvisor comments Mahali Mzuri

The tents were gorgeous with a patio overlooking the vast landscape. I saw elephants and giraffes while drinking coffee in the morning. The pool is gorgeous, also with a spectacular view. Highly recommend! Marthagoodluxurytr
The lodge is beautiful, overlooking an area where elephants, giraffes and buffalo wonder through. When we walked in and were greeted by a herd of elephants, I knew this was the right place for us. dmbandgal from Media, PA

Apple touts major 60% leap in Safari and WebKit performance

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Apple’s WebKit team has published a new blog post this week detailing how they’ve made significant upgrades to Safari’s performance over the last several months. The improvements come following the debut of Speedometer 3.0 in March, described as a “major step forward in making the web faster for all.”

Back in March, Apple, Google, and Mozilla teamed up to launch the new Speedometer 3 browser benchmark. The goal of Speedometer 3 is to “create a shared understanding of web performance so that improvements can be made to enhance the user experience.”

The results provided by Speedometer 3 offer more details on how the test “captures and calculates scores, show more detailed results and introduce an even wider variety of workloads.” Apple says:

The introduction of Speedometer 3.0 is a major step forward in making the web faster for all, and allowing Web developers to make websites and web apps that were not previously possible.

Apple’s WebKit team says that it has successfully improved Safari’s Speedometer 3.0 score by ~60% between the release of Safari 17.0 in September and Safari 17.4’s release in March. These improvements, Apple says, mean that developers can build websites and web apps that are faster than ever before:

With all these optimizations and dozens more, we were able to improve the overall Speedometer 3.0 score by ~60% between Safari 17.0 and Safari 17.4. Even though individual progressions were often less than 1%, over time, they all stacked up together to make a big difference. Because some of these optimizations also benefited Speedometer 2.1, Safari 17.4 is also ~13% faster than Safari 17.0 on Speedometer 2.1. We’re thrilled to deliver these performance improvements to our users allowing web developers to build websites and web apps that are more responsive and snappier than ever.

The full blog post has a ton of technical details on the work that has been done to optimize WebKit and Safari for Speedometer 3.0.

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With French under fire, Mali uses AI to bring local language to students

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SAFO, Mali — Most of the students had never seen their native language in its written form until recently. Now, they were eagerly sounding out the words appearing on the ThinkPad laptops before them, sometimes stumbling as they read a story written entirely in Mali’s most popular language, Bambara.

The twist? The story on their screens had been generated, translated and illustrated using artificial intelligence.

As Mali’s relationship with French — the language of its former colonial ruler, France — has grown more fraught , an effort to use AI to create children’s books in Bambara and other local languages is gaining momentum. With political tensions high between the two countries, Mali’s military government last year replaced French as the country’s “official” language, instead elevating Bambara and 12 other native languages, though French will still be used in government settings and public schools.

That change has meant there is more political will behind efforts like that of RobotsMali, a start-up that has used artificial intelligence to create more than 140 books in Bambara since last year, said Séni Tognine, who works in Mali’s Education Ministry and has been helping RobotsMali create its books. Now, he said, both the government and the people “are engaged in wanting to learn and valorize local languages.”

RobotsMali uses AI to produce stories that reflect the lives and culture of regular Malians. Instead of simply translating a French classic like “Le Petit Prince” into Bambara, RobotsMali’s team puts a prompt into ChatGPT such as: “Tell me mischievous things kids do.”

The team, whose work was first reported by Rest of World , eliminates examples that would not be relevant to most kids in Mali, then uses Google Translate — which added Bambara in 2022 and employs AI to improve its translations — to do a first round of translation. Experts like Tognine then correct any mistakes. Another staff member uses a variety of AI image creators to illustrate the stories, ensuring that the characters are relatable to Malian kids, and then turns to ChatGPT to create reading comprehension tests.

Sitting in the classroom in Safo, a dozen students who had dropped out of public school or never attended one were following along as their instructor led them in reading a story about the things children should not do, including wasting food, picking on their siblings and talking back to adults. At various points, the instructor called on individual students to read aloud, which they did eagerly, sometimes gently correcting each other.

Soko Coulibaly, a quiet 10-year-old who had never been to school and now sat in the front row, using her finger to follow along, said that she’d felt “a little scared” when she’d first seen Bambara in its written form, thinking to herself: “How am I going to do this?”

But after a few lessons, she’d found it easy to decipher the words she was so used to speaking at home and had started bringing books back to her mother, who is among the 70 percent of Malians who have never learned to read or write.

A challenge for African languages

The vast majority of Africa’s roughly 1,000 languages are not represented on websites, which big generative AI platforms like ChatGPT crawl to help train themselves.

If you ask ChatGPT the most basic questions in Ethiopia’s two most popular languages, Amharic and Tigrinya, for example, it produces a nonsensical jumble of Amharic, Tigrinya and sometimes even other languages, Asmelash Teka Hadgu said. But Hadgu, who created a start-up focused on using machine learning to translate between English and Ethiopian languages, said that specific projects like that of RobotsMali also speak to the potential of artificial intelligence.

“If it is done right,” he said, “the potential in terms of democratizing access to education is enormous.”

Nate Allen, an associate professor at the Washington-based Africa Center for Strategic Studies, said that although the United States and China are “undoubtedly at the frontier” of artificial intelligence technology, efforts such as those in Mali show that “we are living in an era of AI accessibility.”

As the RobotsMali team worked in their office in a wing of co-founder Michael Leventhal’s house in Bamako on a recent day, one employee of the Education Ministry was correcting Bambara translations done by Google Translate, while another was querying Playground, a free online image creator, for photos of “an African woman pounding millet.” Leventhal was studying a picture of a father and a daughter that had been created by AI, wondering if the image had made the African man too stereotypically muscular, as he said often happens.

Tognine, who started collaborating with RobotsMali after doing an AI training conducted by the group, said the program has made the ministry’s work more efficient. “There are many things to correct, but it takes seconds to translate what would before take weeks or months,” he said, adding that just that week, he’d already created two books.

A previous effort by Mali’s government to introduce Bambara into public schools largely failed because of a lack of funding, teacher training and parental interest for children to learn a language in school other than French, Tognine said.

But he said that in recent years, there has been a growing embrace of the importance of learning to read and write the national languages, which have traditionally been primarily spoken, partly because of the government’s rejection of France and focus on national sovereignty.

“It enriches our cultural and linguistic history,” Bakari Sahogo, another member of the Education Ministry who has been working with RobotsMali, said about the importance of writing in Bambara and other local languages. “And [it] permits us to safeguard and develop our culture.”

Building a stronger written tradition

Leventhal, who worked as a tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley before moving to Mali a decade ago to teach computer science, said the ultimate goal is to use artificial intelligence to help Mali develop a stronger written tradition of Bambara than currently exists. That could happen, he said, as artificial intelligence systems get access to more language data.

But for now, the focus is on efforts like those in Safo, where none of the children in the program knew how to read before RobotsMali launched its nine-week program here in January. By April, when the program ended after funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ran out, 10 of the 11 children were able to read at at least a basic level, Leventhal said.

As instructor Nouhoum Coulibaly handed out copies of a new book on a recent day, the children were focused, despite temperatures that passed 110 degrees.

Fourteen-year-old Bourama Diallo had always been nervous at the French-only public school. Now he said he found himself loving learning.

Coulibaly, the quiet 10-year-old who’d started bringing back books to her mother, said her favorite one was about animals, or “bagan” in Bambara. She said she hoped the program would resume. Leventhal said the group has returned a few times since the program ended to bring the children new books, and he plans for it to resume once new funding comes through.

Coulibaly said she had never seen a computer before the program started and had been fascinated when staff explained how the stories were created.

“You can create many things with computers,” she said with a smile. “They know things about the world.”

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2024 Easter Jeep Safari: Four New Concepts, Each with a Different Purpose and Palette

Posted: March 25, 2024 | Last updated: March 25, 2024

<p>Spring means Easter, and for the <a href="https://www.caranddriver.com/jeep">Jeep</a> faithful, that means the annual pilgrimage to Moab, Utah, for the Easter Jeep Safari. 2024 marks the 58th annual gathering, and, as has been the tradition for the past few years, Jeep has granted its talented crew of in-house designers the freedom to create a small batch of one-off concepts that express their artistic vision in fully realized concepts that might otherwise never make it past the drawing board. Plus, it's a great way to get some public input on stylistic themes, accessories, and functional add-ons that might already be in consideration for production. Here are the four concepts they cooked up for 2024.</p>

Spring means Easter, and for the Jeep faithful, that means the annual pilgrimage to Moab, Utah, for the Easter Jeep Safari. 2024 marks the 58th annual gathering, and, as has been the tradition for the past few years, Jeep has granted its talented crew of in-house designers the freedom to create a small batch of one-off concepts that express their artistic vision in fully realized concepts that might otherwise never make it past the drawing board. Plus, it's a great way to get some public input on stylistic themes, accessories, and functional add-ons that might already be in consideration for production. Here are the four concepts they cooked up for 2024.

<p>We knew the creatives at Jeep couldn't keep their hands off the new <a href="https://www.caranddriver.com/jeep/wagoneer">Wagoneer</a> for long, and the Vacationeer is here to prove us right. And no, that's not a typo; the "ee" is a not-so-subtle nod to the Wagoneer it's based on. As long as we're pointing out the obvious, it would be pointless to pay homage to the Wagoneers of yore without at least a touch of woodgrain, and the Vacationeer wears it in the thin-strip style of select Jeep models from the late 20th century, including the low-volume Wagoneer Brougham of the early 1980s. </p><p>The custom exterior paint, dubbed Spearminted, is similar to the hue of the paint on the Willys Dispatcher Concept also found on this list, but it ramps up the spent nuclear fuel rod effect to <em>Simpsons</em> levels of iridescence. Larger wheel openings and custom body-side flare extensions shroud 35-inch BFGoodrich mud-terrain tires mounted to 18 x 9.0-inch 701 Method racing wheels. The tire and wheel package provide a 1.5-inch lift while front and rear skid plates help to deflect obstacles, and a front-mounted Warn winch and a trio of 11-inch TYRI LED lights provide peace of mind. Jeep's 510-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six "Hurricane" engine provides the power to keep the vacation rolling.</p>

Jeep Vacationeer Concept

We knew the creatives at Jeep couldn't keep their hands off the new Wagoneer for long, and the Vacationeer is here to prove us right. And no, that's not a typo; the "ee" is a not-so-subtle nod to the Wagoneer it's based on. As long as we're pointing out the obvious, it would be pointless to pay homage to the Wagoneers of yore without at least a touch of woodgrain, and the Vacationeer wears it in the thin-strip style of select Jeep models from the late 20th century, including the low-volume Wagoneer Brougham of the early 1980s.

The custom exterior paint, dubbed Spearminted, is similar to the hue of the paint on the Willys Dispatcher Concept also found on this list, but it ramps up the spent nuclear fuel rod effect to Simpsons levels of iridescence. Larger wheel openings and custom body-side flare extensions shroud 35-inch BFGoodrich mud-terrain tires mounted to 18 x 9.0-inch 701 Method racing wheels. The tire and wheel package provide a 1.5-inch lift while front and rear skid plates help to deflect obstacles, and a front-mounted Warn winch and a trio of 11-inch TYRI LED lights provide peace of mind. Jeep's 510-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six "Hurricane" engine provides the power to keep the vacation rolling.

<p>The Overlanding vibe is strong thanks to the custom carbon-fiber RedTail Overland Skyloft affixed to the roof. Featuring climate control, room for two, and panoramic viewing capabilities, it seems like the ideal place to spend a night in the boonies, or even your driveway. To make climbing up and in via the weatherproof pass-through easier, Jeep removed the second- and third-row seating and mounted a small step that doubles as a table.</p><p>The rear area features a bed liner to stow gear. Distinguished fashion designer and Wagoneer enthusiast/owner Kiel James Patrick was tapped for the front upholstery, coming up with a design featuring classic Jeep vehicles dotting a distinctive and charming New England–inspired pattern. (Attn. Jeep: You know you could sell this fabric for real, right?)</p>

The Overlanding vibe is strong thanks to the custom carbon-fiber RedTail Overland Skyloft affixed to the roof. Featuring climate control, room for two, and panoramic viewing capabilities, it seems like the ideal place to spend a night in the boonies, or even your driveway. To make climbing up and in via the weatherproof pass-through easier, Jeep removed the second- and third-row seating and mounted a small step that doubles as a table.

The rear area features a bed liner to stow gear. Distinguished fashion designer and Wagoneer enthusiast/owner Kiel James Patrick was tapped for the front upholstery, coming up with a design featuring classic Jeep vehicles dotting a distinctive and charming New England–inspired pattern. (Attn. Jeep: You know you could sell this fabric for real, right?)

<p>Longtime fans will likely remember the <a href="https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a15130774/jeep-lower-forty-concept-vs-a-donkey/">Jeep Lower 40 concept</a> the brand dropped back in 2009 at the 43rd annual Easter Jeep Safari. This year's Jeep Low Down concept exists as an update of sorts, following the theme of fitting the biggest tires possible without altering the suspension or lifting the ride height. </p><p>The formula involves some clever cleaver work to make room for ginormous BFGoodrich Krawler 42 x 14.5 R-20 mud-terrain tires mounted on 20-inch beadlock wheels. Custom carbon-fiber fender flares help facilitate the project. Otherwise, the <a href="https://www.caranddriver.com/jeep/wrangler">Wrangler</a> Rubicon 392 suspension remains untouched, but Dana 60 axles with 5.38 gears are brought in to replace the standard Rubicon Dana 44s. The result is a low center of gravity teamed with increased ground clearance, breakover, and approach and departure angles. </p><p>The exterior is finished in Poison Apple Red paint, and the hood is a custom carbon-fiber unit with a see-through power dome. The profile gets a bit of streamlining with the removal of the exterior door handles, and a race-style fuel filler resides in the driver's-side rear quarter. </p>

Jeep Wrangler Low Down Concept

Longtime fans will likely remember the Jeep Lower 40 concept the brand dropped back in 2009 at the 43rd annual Easter Jeep Safari. This year's Jeep Low Down concept exists as an update of sorts, following the theme of fitting the biggest tires possible without altering the suspension or lifting the ride height.

The formula involves some clever cleaver work to make room for ginormous BFGoodrich Krawler 42 x 14.5 R-20 mud-terrain tires mounted on 20-inch beadlock wheels. Custom carbon-fiber fender flares help facilitate the project. Otherwise, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 suspension remains untouched, but Dana 60 axles with 5.38 gears are brought in to replace the standard Rubicon Dana 44s. The result is a low center of gravity teamed with increased ground clearance, breakover, and approach and departure angles.

The exterior is finished in Poison Apple Red paint, and the hood is a custom carbon-fiber unit with a see-through power dome. The profile gets a bit of streamlining with the removal of the exterior door handles, and a race-style fuel filler resides in the driver's-side rear quarter.

<p>Interior tweaks include a Rhino-lined floor, black leather seats with cloth inserts, and a radio delete instrument panel. "Listening to the engine is enough, in the Low Down," says Chris Piscitelli, design manager for Dodge/SRT, who had a hand in creating this year's concepts. A custom red-tinted semi-transparent bikini top makes sure any light that passes through glows with a red hue.</p><p>Like its Lower 40 inspiration, the Jeep Low Down relies on a V-8 engine, in this case a modern 475-hp 6.4-liter 392 (you saw the numerous callouts, right?) and an eight-speed automatic transmission, whereas the Lower 40 made do with just a 390-hp 5.7-liter Hemi.</p>

Interior tweaks include a Rhino-lined floor, black leather seats with cloth inserts, and a radio delete instrument panel. "Listening to the engine is enough, in the Low Down," says Chris Piscitelli, design manager for Dodge/SRT, who had a hand in creating this year's concepts. A custom red-tinted semi-transparent bikini top makes sure any light that passes through glows with a red hue.

Like its Lower 40 inspiration, the Jeep Low Down relies on a V-8 engine, in this case a modern 475-hp 6.4-liter 392 (you saw the numerous callouts, right?) and an eight-speed automatic transmission, whereas the Lower 40 made do with just a 390-hp 5.7-liter Hemi.

<p>Born from the efforts of Jeep Performance Parts designers and the Mopar engineering teams, the <a href="https://www.caranddriver.com/jeep/gladiator">Gladiator</a> Rubicon High Top Concept channels the '70s J-series pickups, particularly the highly decorated versions from the mid-'70s when Jeep tried to get hip. (Remember the <a href="https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g15379412/classic-old-jeep-pickup-trucks/?slide=9">Jeep J-10 Honcho</a>?) </p><p>Brown was the official color of the 1970s, so Jeep starts off with a two-tone Ginger Snap metallic exterior with bold graphics that look the part. Interior mods are subtle but appropriate. The seats have been trimmed with custom quilted and perforated tan and black Alea leather, and JPP logos reside on the headrests. JPP provides the sun bonnet, pedal kit, floor mats, and doorsill guards. JPP also provided some concept flat fender flares. </p>

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon High Top Concept

Born from the efforts of Jeep Performance Parts designers and the Mopar engineering teams, the Gladiator Rubicon High Top Concept channels the '70s J-series pickups, particularly the highly decorated versions from the mid-'70s when Jeep tried to get hip. (Remember the Jeep J-10 Honcho ?)

Brown was the official color of the 1970s, so Jeep starts off with a two-tone Ginger Snap metallic exterior with bold graphics that look the part. Interior mods are subtle but appropriate. The seats have been trimmed with custom quilted and perforated tan and black Alea leather, and JPP logos reside on the headrests. JPP provides the sun bonnet, pedal kit, floor mats, and doorsill guards. JPP also provided some concept flat fender flares.

<p>Mods from outside vendors include a front bumper from American Expedition Vehicles—check the custom protective hoop sitting just above a Warn winch—rock rail power steps from Rock Slide Engineering, and a truck bed storage system with lockable dual sliding drawers from Decked.</p><p>Power comes from the trusty 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Torque is funneled to Dana 60 front and rear axles with matching 5.38:1 gears, then moves on to 40 x 13.5 R-18 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO3 tires mounted on 18 x 9.0-inch Satin Black KMC Grenade Crawl beadlock wheels. An AccuAir adjustable suspension helps fine-tune the suspension for the task at hand.</p>

Mods from outside vendors include a front bumper from American Expedition Vehicles—check the custom protective hoop sitting just above a Warn winch—rock rail power steps from Rock Slide Engineering, and a truck bed storage system with lockable dual sliding drawers from Decked.

Power comes from the trusty 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Torque is funneled to Dana 60 front and rear axles with matching 5.38:1 gears, then moves on to 40 x 13.5 R-18 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO3 tires mounted on 18 x 9.0-inch Satin Black KMC Grenade Crawl beadlock wheels. An AccuAir adjustable suspension helps fine-tune the suspension for the task at hand.

<p>Aside from the paint, the Willys Dispatcher doesn't look much different from the current Wrangler. And although there's a lot more going on here than just its Element 115 green paint, we'd be fine if there wasn't. As designer Chris Piscitelli not so coyly mentioned in brief preview, more than one current Jeep color first debuted on concept vehicles like this. A gloss-black windshield surround almost disappears—along with the standard black roll cage—due to the high contrast with the nuclear-age-inspired green paint. </p><p>Exterior color aside, the Willys Dispatcher, which counts the postwar-era Willys Jeeps as its inspiration, has some pretty cool features, including front and rear Dana 50 axles with 4:70 gears and 36-inch Traxion tires mounted on 16 x 7.0-inch white steel wheels for the perfect vintage look. The bumpers are crafted to look homemade old-school, the front with a beefy Warn 8274 winch mounted. The flat fenders and "Willys" stamped lettering in the hood really play into the retro vibe.</p>

Willys Dispatcher Concept

Aside from the paint, the Willys Dispatcher doesn't look much different from the current Wrangler. And although there's a lot more going on here than just its Element 115 green paint, we'd be fine if there wasn't. As designer Chris Piscitelli not so coyly mentioned in brief preview, more than one current Jeep color first debuted on concept vehicles like this. A gloss-black windshield surround almost disappears—along with the standard black roll cage—due to the high contrast with the nuclear-age-inspired green paint.

Exterior color aside, the Willys Dispatcher, which counts the postwar-era Willys Jeeps as its inspiration, has some pretty cool features, including front and rear Dana 50 axles with 4:70 gears and 36-inch Traxion tires mounted on 16 x 7.0-inch white steel wheels for the perfect vintage look. The bumpers are crafted to look homemade old-school, the front with a beefy Warn 8274 winch mounted. The flat fenders and "Willys" stamped lettering in the hood really play into the retro vibe.

<p>Inside, distressed saddle leather mixes with houndstooth cloth inserts; combined with the low back seats—sans headrests—the midcentury vibe is palpable. The vinyl flooring is from Jeep Performance Products, as are the bikini top and the onboard air compressor.</p><p>For all the looking back, the powertrain is undeniably modern, the Willys Dispatcher using Jeep's <a href="https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a46804234/2024-jeep-wrangler-4xe-rubicon-x-test/">2.0-liter plug-in-hybrid 4xe propulsion system</a> that delivers 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic. It's a blend of old and new that successfully transcends time.</p>

Inside, distressed saddle leather mixes with houndstooth cloth inserts; combined with the low back seats—sans headrests—the midcentury vibe is palpable. The vinyl flooring is from Jeep Performance Products, as are the bikini top and the onboard air compressor.

For all the looking back, the powertrain is undeniably modern, the Willys Dispatcher using Jeep's 2.0-liter plug-in-hybrid 4xe propulsion system that delivers 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic. It's a blend of old and new that successfully transcends time.

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Report: people are bailing on safari after dma makes changing defaults easier, indie browsers report significant spikes in users in the past month..

Ashley Belanger - Apr 10, 2024 5:15 pm UTC

Report: People are bailing on Safari after DMA makes changing defaults easier

Smaller web browsers are gaining traction in the European Union after the Digital Markets Act (DMA) started requiring designated gatekeepers like Google and Apple to make it easier to switch default web browsers on devices.

Previously, tech giants were able to lock users into setting their own browsers as defaults—or at least make it complicated to update the defaults—offering the majority of users their own browsing services for free while collecting data used for ad-targeting. This, the EU feared, kept users from switching to defaults that offered superior or more private web browsing experiences.

Reuters collected data from six companies, confirming that, when presented with a choice screen, many EU users will swap out default browsers like Chrome or Safari for more privacy-focused options. And because iPhones have a larger market share than Google-branded phones in the EU, Apple is emerging as the biggest loser, Reuters reported, noting that under the DMA, "the growth for smaller browsers is currently coming at the cost of Safari."

Some indie browsers are benefiting more than others from users shifting away from Safari. In the month since the DMA took effect on March 7 , the Cyprus-based Aloha Browser told Reuters that its total users in the EU spiked by 250 percent in March. In Belgium, Aloha users increased threefold, Aloha said in a press release .

Aloha attracts about 10 million monthly average users globally by promising "total privacy." The company profits from paid subscriptions to premium features like "advanced VPN and privacy-oriented AI," instead of from tracking users for invasive ad-targeting, the press release said.

Aloha does not and has "never collected, stored or monetized any user data of any kind, making Aloha the only major browser that does not receive any money for user data," Aloha CEO Andrew Frost Moroz said in the press release, adding that "we were not surprised to see this increase."

"By enacting these regulations, the EU has done two things: They've cut down on some of big tech's monopolistic practices, and they've made consumers more aware of their choices in the tools they can use online," Frost Moroz said. "And many of those consumers are clearly saying they want to take back control of their digital privacy and personal data."

At least five other browsers have also benefited, Reuters reported, confirming that Norway's Vivaldi and Opera, Germany's Ecosia, and US-based Brave and DuckDuckGo all reported increased users after the DMA took effect. Jan Standal, Opera's vice president, did not share specific numbers but said that Opera is experiencing "record user numbers in the EU right now."

While these numbers are encouraging for smaller browsers hoping to gain a larger market share in the EU, some browser companies have criticized Apple and Google for "slowing the migration of mobile users to new browser choices" by rolling out "slow and clunky" updates, Reuters reported.

Vivaldi CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner directly criticized Apple's process for swapping default browsers as "just so convoluted that it's easiest for (users) to select Safari or potentially some other known name." The CEO told Reuters that Apple only displayed the required choice screen—currently "curated for each of the 27 countries in the EU" and "showing up to 11 browsers in addition to Safari"—when users clicked on Safari and said Apple failed to provide useful information about alternative choices.

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