I think if I was going to the festival (is it right in Timbuktu town? It must be, or even somewhere south) I'd sooner fly in to Bamako and go overland this winter.
We were just shown this map
, but it has the usual generous safety margins.
The French version is here
(dated Sept/10 - taken from this page
). There are no doubt others.
As for Mori there is no FO map yet that I could find but if you want a quiet night's sleep the French MAE map
(also Sept 2010) tells it broadly like it is, if you have no feel for the area. (I presume there is a 'safe corridor' from Morocco north of NBD).
The threat in Mori is thought to be from the east where AQIM (MBM faction presumably) have got it in for the Moris, but as we know, last year they were able to reach far west and south in Mori, presumably with the help of local 'spotters'. That is what makes it so unpredictable.
(I see the Fr say the 'Dakar-Bamako train is obsolete. Travel conditions are precarious'. What a shame).
Last edited by Chris Scott; 26 Oct 2010 at 23:52.