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Kayes Region
Location within Mali
Location within Mali
Country Mali
 • Total120,760 km2 (46,630 sq mi)
 (2009 census)[1]
 • Total1,996,812
 • Density17/km2 (43/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±0 (UTC)
Kayes Region.
Unpaved roads are dashed lines. Borders of the Boucle du Baoulé National Park are approximate.

Kayes Region is one of eight first level national subdivisions, called Regions in Mali. It is the first administrative area of Mali and covers an area of 120,760 km². Its capital is the town of Kayes.


The region of Kayes is bordered to the north by Mauritania, to the west by Senegal, to the south by Guinea and to the east by the region of Koulikoro.

In 2009 the region has a population of 1,996,812 inhabitants. Ethnic groups of the area include Soninkés, Khassonkés, Malinkés, and Fulas (French: [Peuls] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help); Fula: [Fulɓe] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help)).

Several rivers cross the region: the Baoulé, the Bafing, and the Bakoy which join at the town of Bafoulabé to form the Sénégal River. The Falls of Félou (4 km of Kayes), the Falls of Gouina (100 km to the south-east of Kayes on the Sénégal River), Talari Gorges, Lake Magui and Lake Doro are located in the region.

At the Guinean border, the climate is rather wet, but becomes Sudanian and later Sahelian to the north.

The largest cities in the region are Kayes, Nioro du Sahel, Diéma, Yélimané, Sadiola, Bafoulabé, Kénébia and Kita.

The Bafing National Park and the Boucle du Baoulé National Park are located in the region.


Cercles of Kayes

Kayes is divided into seven Cercles:


The region of Kayes is the cradle of the Kingdom of Khasso founded at the beginning of the 19th century.

In 1855, Louis Faidherbe, Governor of Senegal, built a fort at Medina which would be besieged by El Hadj Omar Tall, in an 1857 war against the sovereign of Khasso. In 1892, the town of Kayes became the capital of French Sudan.

The construction of the railway line of Dakar-Niger, inaugurated in 1904, made of Kayes a city-crossroads. Essential at the time, the railroad had an important place in the lives of the inhabitants, as described in Ousmane Sembène's novel God's Bits of Wood.

See also


  1. Resultats Provisoires RGPH 2009 (Région de Kayes) (PDF) (in French), République de Mali: Institut National de la StatistiqueCS1 maint: unrecognized language (link).

External links

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