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Old 4 Jan 2006
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the easiest way to get from mauri to mali goin' by 2wd

hi there;
what is the easiest way to get from mauritania to mali if you go 2wd car (but after rain season)?
there are six roads:
- nema - nara (thru adel bagrou)
- timbedgha - nara (thru koumbi saleh)
- ayoun el atrous - nioro (thru agjert and kobenni)
- ayoun el atrous - nioro (thru foulani)
- tintane - nioro (thru touil)
- kiffa - kayes (thru kankossa)
i heard that the best one is that from nema to nara thru adel bagrou; would you like to tell me more about that??
thanks a lot:>
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hi there once again!
it's really important for me and my crew to know "what is the best option to reach mali if you go overland by 2wd car from mauri";
i bag (:>>) you for help:>!
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I think nema nara or ayoun nioro, but never drove one of these routes, so it needs confirmation.

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We have chosen Kiffa-Kayes recently. Not highly recommended for 2WD although passable. All the way a simple ground path with some rock crawling. Below you will find GPS points for the Kiffa-Kayes route, made on 09/12/2005 towards Kayes in LR.

1. N16º 26.335’ W011º 25.858’
2. N16º 08.060’ W011º 30.715’
3. N16º 00.660’ W011º 29.865’
4. N15º 55.938’ W011º 31.254’
5. N15º 50.500’ W011º 30.407’
6. N15º 46.621’ W011º 30.549’
7. N15º 41.757’ W011º 29.395’
8. N15º 39.661’ W011º 29.344’
9. N15º 37.235’ W011º 30.351’
10. N15º 36.875’ W011º 30.772’
11. N15º 32.702’ W011º 35.155’
12. N15º 31.667’ W011º 35.330’
13. N15º 28.000’ W011º 35.033’
14. N15º 20.978’ W011º 36.367’
15. N15º 17.588’ W011º 38.065’
16. N15º 13.015’ W011º 37.751’
17. N15º 11.190’ W011º 38.472’
18. N15º 07.764’ W011º 38.735’
19. N15º 05.217’ W011º 38.431’
20. N14º 57.531 ’ W011º 35.191’
21. N14º 57.524 ’ W011º 35.189’
22. N14º 27.575 ’ W011º 25.649’

According to my knowledge yesterday a Budapest-Bamako rally passed this route with several 2WD including odd Trabant.

Good luck if you choose!


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As of last year there is a new paved road from Ayoun to Kobanni and I belive its still paved all the way into to Nioro. after that i'm not too sure though I was told that there was only 200km not paved bettween kobanni and Bamako. It was the best piece of asphalt I saw in that whole country and the Ayoun countryside is quite impressive after the flat endless Sahara.

think the kobanni route is your best bet by far.

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thank u so much for your reply!
it's really important for me:>
but are you sure that road after Kobeni is possable for 2wd?

[This message has been edited by hajle (edited 09 January 2006).]
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I haven't travelled all the way in to Nioro though the first 30-40km past the border are paved. and even if its not paved you should be able to make to nioro. The local taxis are only two wheel drives (in horrible condition) and they drive the route all the time.

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thank you for answer :>
i think that we will choose that road that you are talking about (thru kobani and nioro), i hope that after nioro towards bamako the road is possable for 2wd on all the way;
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I met two french drivers in Bamako who'd got there by 2WD from Mauretania - you try asking on a french site
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