I´m aware the it is not the best time to travel the Route de L´espoir due security issues, but it is still possible or it is off limits? Have someone traveled recently? Most travelers are going via Senegal.
How many days should it takes Nouakchott all the way to Bamako?
I found travelling in Mali easy, with more buses than I was expecting, people were very nice,unobtrusive but willing to help. I felt very safe everywhere, there's a strong feeling that Mali's security problems are being exagerated by highly paid consultants who earn more from the problems than solutions.
None of the buses had ac that worked, ATMs are plentiful and all worked .
Mali visa in London is £190, so I went to Brussels and got one same day for 90 euros..
I am just back from a solo trip through Burkina and Mali and wanted to share some travel information, as there is extremely limited insight available. I flew into Ouaga on Brussels Airlines from BRU on a ticket that I managed to book on miles almost a year back. I had an itinerary planned with Papillon Reizen, so basically had guides arranged everywhere on the way. My visa (double-entry Burkina visa = 90 Euro, Mali visa = 50 Euro) I arranged with the respective consulates in Berlin…
Posting some details in case of use to others. Thanks to everyone who offered me their expertise!
Day 1 - Ziguinchor to Tambacounda
Left Ziguinchor in sept place at 8, arrived Tambacounda at 5. Tried for a room at Brasari but was full, so got a room at Hostel Sadio (think this was what the lonely planet called Bloc Gadec but not 100% sure) - ground floor double room with no windows with fan for 12000CFA. Room looks a bit dilapidated and depressing but is clean and bathroom…
I am thinking of going to the "Festival Sur Le Niger", taking place at the beggining of February in Segou, southern-central Mali. I have dreamt of this for ages.
Can someone please tell me more about the situation right now? besides the "danger of sporadic attacks" (i am from israel, so this is not new for me), is there a specific threat? i am thinking of going for 2 weeks in Bamako and Segou.
Am flying into Senegal tomorrow on a long-anticipated mini-trip around a few countries in West Africa. I'm planning on spending 2/3 weeks in Senegal, then crossing into Mali by land, and then on to Burkina Faso by land. I'd like to see as much as possible in the south and Bamako, but was wondering whether anyone had any up to date info on how safe the route was? I'll be avoiding anything north/east of Bamako. Hope some hardier, more experienced travellers than me will be able to…
Apologies if this questions has been posted before - Does anyone recommend any cheap and reliable, English-speaking tour companies for a 6-7 day tour in Mali? Website or email would be great!
I want to travel from Bamako to Bobo-dioulasso trough Djenné from public transportation or taxis at some point
Is it Feasible?
Can anyone tell me witch buses and where to catch them??
Thanks in advance!