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This article is about the village in Mali. For the town in India, see Baramba, India.
Baramba is located in Mali
Location in Mali
Coordinates: 12°35′5″N 5°27′10″W / 12.58472°N 5.45278°W / 12.58472; -5.45278Coordinates: 12°35′5″N 5°27′10″W / 12.58472°N 5.45278°W / 12.58472; -5.45278
Country  Mali
Region Sikasso Region
Cercle Koutiala Cercle
Commune Nampé
Elevation 312 m (1,024 ft)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Baramba is a village and administrative centre (chef-lieu) of the commune of Nampé in the Cercle of Koutiala in the Sikasso Region of southern Mali.[1][a] The village is 25 km north of Koutiala.

The French explorer René Caillié stopped at Baramba on 18 February 1828 on his journey to Timbuktu. He was travelling with a caravan transporting kola nuts to Djenné. In his book Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo published in 1830, he refers to the village as Bamba.[2] Caillié wrote:

After proceeding four miles we halted at the village of Bamba, which is shaded by boababs. At the market I observed that women wore glass rings in the nose; and some had these ornaments made of gold or copper. This village contains three to four hundred inhabitants.[3]

The route of Caillié's caravan passed a few kilometers to the west of what is now the town of Koutiala. The town did not exist at the time: it was founded at the end of the 19th century by the French army after the conquest.[2]


  1. ^ Written as Barhamba on the 1:200,000 Koutiala map issued by the French Institut Geographique National (IGN) in 1970.


  1. ^ Communes de la Région de Sikasso (in French), Ministère de l’administration territoriale et des collectivités locales, République du Mali, archived from the original on 19 September 2012 .
  2. ^ a b Viguier 2008, p. 60.
  3. ^ Caillié 1830, p. 425.