Gao is a small city of 38.000 inhabitants located in the Gao region of Mali.
The city was founded in the 7th century as a trading post, but it was during the the 15th and 16th that the city flourished and its height was the center of the Songhai Empire.
Gao has an international airport, and Point Afrique offers flights to Paris and Marseille as well as other cities along the Niger.
A ferry service links Gao to other cities on the Niger, such as Timbuktu.
- the 14th century Gao Mosque
- Askia Tomb. Constructed in 1495
- Sahel Museum
- Traditional markets.
- La Dune Rose A giant sand dune across the river from Gao, named for its glowing pink color at sunrise and sunset.