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Old 21 Dec 2006
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GPS Waypoints

Hi Guys,

I'm leaving Accra, Ghana tomorrow morning (22nd Dec 06) heading towards Timbuktu (hopefully). Does anyone have waypoints from Douentza to Timbuktu, help would be much appreciated.

Happy travels,

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Check out www.afric-overland.net there are loads of people who have done that route. mail them and you should get lots of help. Also check http://www.taleoftwotravelers.com theyt havejust done it.

good luck
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Lightbulb Camps info for you

GPS data for you
There you go mate
hope this helps
Douentza N15 00.203 W2 56.815

Stay at Campsite 'Chez Jerome'
here N15 00.534 W2 56.757

FILL UP YOUR FUEL before the piste

Piste entrance for Tombouctou, come out of Chez Jerome, turn left and a coupleof hundred yards you'll see a huge mast here-N15 00.597 W2 57.003

Keep on that track of compacted earth/corrugations(was a year ago)
Through GAREYE N16 07.711 W2 51.486
DARSALAM N16 15.070 W2 51.950
TIBORAGHEN N16 23.872 W2 53.944
until you get to the beach to get to the ferry here
N16 37.928 W3 00.249 then the
ferry to port of Korioume here N16 38.352 W3 00.266
You pay on board.
From Korioume to Tombouctou is only 9 miles of tarmac.
Tombouctou is here N16 45.254 W3 00.091
Bouctou Hotel here N16 46.475 W3 00.722

Take your own passport to the tourist information office and get the Tombouctou stamp for free (well give the guy a little something to thank him if you want but not the 5000 every 'guide' wants! for the stamp and hold on to your passport!!
Ride safe, Merry Xmas to you

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Thanks a million guys. Isnt this site just amazing and the people logging in always willing to help. Good stuff! I'm in Ouagadougou at the moment and everything is still going very well. Any comment on the condition of the road from Douentza to Tim, very sandy? doable on a heavy bike 1150gs?

Thanks again,

Seasons greetings,

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'road' condition

Last seen it's corrugations /gravel for about 95% of the way. You will have to negotiate a very deep stretch on the beach approach to the ferry for TOMBOUCTOU (Why do people call it Tim......?? )
and that might give you some stick!
Walk by the water's edge check for firmness - usually better than digging out of sand.... IMHO!
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Hi Again,

Back in Accra after a very successful trip. 4000km with no problems at all. Thanks for everyone's help. Greatly appreciated. Road from Douentza to Tombouctou +/- 230km, only last 13 on black top. Like you said Bert, last 50m to the ferry is quite sandy, but wasnt much of a problem.

Happy new year and happy travels to all.

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