Nara (Bambara: ߣߊߙߊ tr. Nara) is a town and rural commune in the Koulikoro Region of southwestern Mali. The town is the administrative center of the Nara Cercle. It is 37 km south of the Mauritanian border and 292 km north-northeast of the Malian capital, Bamako. The rural commune covers an area of 1300 square kilometers and includes the town and 16 surrounding villages. In the 2009 census the commune had a population of 19,793.