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ROUTES FROM MAURITANIA INTO MALI

Having just found out that I can't take my 11 year old Tenere from Mauritania into Senegal, has anybody any up to date information on the condition of routes from Mauritania into Mali? As I had planned to leave England on 25th October, any advice would be very welcome. I have been told that the importation of any vehicle over 5 years old into Senegal (with or without Carnet) is forbidden.
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Your best bet is to take the highway due West from Nouakchott to Nema. When I took it in October 2000 it was in excellent to fairly good condition. Parts of it were being repaired. From Nema you take to the piste due South to Nara in Mali. In the dry the piste is managable, if you can handle sandy ruts. At time it divides and leaves you guessing which is the correct way. But as long as you aim south you should be allright.You must go in the dry season, for in the wet the piste is impassable due to many deep, flooded gullies, and long sections of mud. In Nema ask where the border clearance is to be obtained before you proceed to the actual border. No hassles. From Nara a fairly good gravel road leads to Bamako, and you're home free. Perhaps you would like to read up on it in my book about the trip, "Africa Against the Clock..." See book section on HU.
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Sorry about the mistake. I would have you heading straight for the Atlantic Ocean. You should instead head due East from Nouakchott on the highway to Nema, via Aleg and Ayoun. Another tip: Ask a policeman in Nema for the trailhead to Nara in Mali. It is unmarked.
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