Driving days from Nefta to Borj Mokhtar
In Dec 2007 (20th to 31st) from Tozeur (25km east of Nefta) it took us 12 days to Borj Mokhtar. Our route was Touggourt – Illizi – Djanet – Tamanrasset – Borj Mokhtar.
Tozeur - Touggourt (1 day) which included border crossing.
Touggourt - Djanet (4 days)
Djanet - Tamanrasset (4 days) straight across the desert mostly on the main piste past the Military post at Serouenout.
Tamanrasset - BM (3 days) straight across the desert on the main piste.
Considering we did it in a Peugeot 505, not much ground clearance and 2 wheel drive, we got stuck several times, in a 4x4 you would definitely cover more distance per day. Or if you take the more direct route via In-Salah / Reggane to BM (that’s if the Reggane area is accessible to foreigners), otherwise you have to go via Tamanrasset to BM, I assume ?? you should be able to make it in 5 days, but that’s really pushing it.
From BM we crossed over to Tessalit (Mali), in BM our Algerian guide who had been excellent all along, tried to force a local guide (I assume his friend) onto us for a ridiculous amount of Euro 400, insisting we’ll need one, as it was still quite some distance to the Algeria/Mali border line and the piste to the Mali border frontier in Tessalit was not exactly very clear as there are a lot of smugglers routes criss crossing, In the end we decided to go with out a guide, we did get lost once, but with our GPS, map and a bit of luck, we were able to find our way to Tessalit.
In Tessalit we had no problems neither with the Gendarmerie nor Customs officials. Although they did not let us nor the local trade travellers leave Tessalit for Gao that evening, due to the security situation in Northern Mali. How the situation is today with all the recent news of kidnap and killing I can’t say.