A small village until 1876 when it became the capital of the Kénédougou Kingdom. The city remained the capital until 1898 when it became a part of the French colonial empire.
In contrast to other parts of Mali, Sikasso has a subtropical climate and there are plenty of fruit and vegetables throughout the year.
There are plenty of bus services from the capital Bamako, with SONEF being the largest operator.
Some touristic sites:
- 1 The Mamelon. Located in the city centre, the Mamelon hill used to be a sacred site of the Kénédougou kings. Now a French colonial tower stand at the site.
- Missiricoro caves.
- Farako falls.
- 1 Hôtel Du Cinquantenaire de Sikasso, ☏ . One of few high end hotels in Sikasso, includes a restaurant and pool.
- 2 Hotel Tata, ☏ .