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Koloni is located in Mali
Location in Mali
Coordinates: 12°46′5″N 5°19′40″W / 12.76806°N 5.32778°W / 12.76806; -5.32778Coordinates: 12°46′5″N 5°19′40″W / 12.76806°N 5.32778°W / 12.76806; -5.32778
Country  Mali
Region Sikasso Region
Cercle Koutiala Cercle
Commune Niantaga
Elevation 312 m (1,024 ft)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Koloni is a village and administrative centre (chef-lieu) of the commune of Niantaga in the Cercle of Koutiala in the Sikasso Region of southern Mali.[1] The village is 45 km north-northeast of Koutiala.

The French explorer René Caillié stopped at Koloni on 21 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 wrote:

At ten in the morning we arrived at Coloni, a little village situated in a beautiful, fertile and well cultivated plain, surrounded by a great number of large bombases. ... The village of Coloni, which is surrounded by two mud walls, contains a population of about four hundred, consisting of Foulahs, Bambaras, and Mandingoes: it is shaded by large mimosas and some bombaces.[2][3]


  1. ^ Communes de la Région de Sikasso (PDF) (in French), Ministère de l’administration territoriale et des collectivités locales, République du Mali, archived from the original on 19 September 2012 .
  2. ^ Caillié 1830, pp. 428-429.
  3. ^ Viguier 2008, p. 63.