Kayes Region

Kayes Region
Sahel forest
Sahel forest
Location within Mali
Location within Mali
Coordinates: 14°6′54″N 10°34′7″W / 14°6′54″N 10°34′7″W / 14.11500; -10.56861
Kayes Region. Unpaved roads are shown by dashed lines. The borders of the Boucle du Baoulé National Park are approximate.
Cercles of Kayes Region

Kayes Region is one of eight first level national subdivisions in Mali called “Regions”. It is the first administrative area of Mali and covers an area of 120,760 square kilometres or 46,630 square miles. Its capital is the town of Kayes. The province was historically part of the Ghana Empire and the Mali Empire.


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, Dialonkés, and Fulas (French: Peuls; Fula: Fulɓe).

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 (15 km from Kayes), the Falls of Gouina (60 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, Kita, Bafoulabé, Nioro du Sahel, Diéma, Yélimané, Sadiola, and Kéniéba The Bafing National Park and the Boucle du Baoulé National Park are located in the region.

Other Languages
العربية: منطقة كايس
Bân-lâm-gú: Kayes Khu
български: Кайес (регион)
Cebuano: Kayes Region
Deutsch: Region Kayes
Esperanto: Regiono Kayes
français: Région de Kayes
한국어: 케스 주
Bahasa Indonesia: Region Kayes
lietuvių: Kajeso regionas
Nederlands: Kayes (regio)
日本語: カイ州
Nordfriisk: Kayes (Regiuun)
Plattdüütsch: Region Kayes
polski: Region Kayes
português: Kayes (região)
română: Regiunea Kayes
Simple English: Kayes Region
Türkçe: Kayes Bölgesi
українська: Каєс (область)
中文: 卡伊區