Security in the North
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 17, 2012 6:10 AM Last Post By: guranto
Aug 14, 2012 1:05 PM
Security in the NorthHi everyone!
Any idea about security conditions in northern areas of the country?
We would like to visit the area around Gorom Gorom but it seems there is some concern because of the difficult situation in neighboring Mali. Any information / advise / suggestion is highly welcome!
Oct 15, 2012 9:18 AM
Oct 19, 2012 1:55 AM
Nov 1, 2012 9:41 AM
3I was in Dori not far from Gorom-Gorom a week ago & no bus would take me to Gorom-Gorom without approval from the Gendarmie. When I spoke to the Chief of Police he wouldn't let me go & made the guide I was with ring him every four hours, which felt a little much. I did manage to go for a short camel ride though to a near-by village so as to make the most of the situation.
Here's some more from another post on Mali:
Hey, I'm in Segou at the moment (It seems fine here) & am planning to travel to Djenne. Initially I was thinking Dogon Country would be okay but now don't believe I'll be allowed to progress. I also think Mopti might be a bit risky & difficult to find accomodation, I know overcrowded refugee camps have been set up in the town, so I'll head south to Bamako from Djenne where I haven't been informed of any problems. I got my visa from the Embassy in Ouagadougou. I haven't seen another tourist here which is strange, but I think there is still much to do in the south of the country to warrent a visit.
I'll post again from Djenne if anyone is interested.
Nov 1, 2012 1:18 PM
Nov 2, 2012 4:26 AM
5Perhaps with enough money. Though it could be difficult to convince somebody I think, & perhaps those you could mightn't be the most reliable people.
I was also stopped in Dori on the street by an off-duty, plain clothes policeman who then rang the same chief. It did seem to me that everyone seemed to know you couldn't take a white man (I'm white) to Gorom & there was a kind of unofficial town registration for tourists this way.
All said though money does talk in Africa & the ban on Gorom-Gorom does seem to be only a precaution. Let me know what you decided just out of curiosity.
Nov 2, 2012 5:19 AM
6We are booked to travel to BF end of December. Our initial plan concerning the Sahel was to rent a car for a tour of 5-6 days, that is why since August, I am in contact with a recommended driver in Ouaga. When I talked with him one week ago, he said the trip in the North is still possible as long as we stay in Gorom-Gorom and use it as a base to visit the surroundings (Makoye, Oursi and so on). But after what you wrote I am afraid he is rather too optimistic! Anyway, things seem to change every week (unfortunately in the bad direction...), so we will probably have to wait up to the last moment.
Please keep informing if you can.
p.s. Did you visit Bani? How are things there? I was told that the mosques are in a quite bad shape. Is it so?
Nov 17, 2012 6:10 AM
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