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
In 2009 the region has a population of 1,996,812 inhabitants. Ethnic groups of the area include
Several rivers cross the region: 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),
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
Nioro du Sahel,
Bafing National Park and the
Boucle du Baoulé National Park are located in the region.