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ESSAKANE GPS waypoints?

Hi

Does anyone have the gps waypoints for ESSAKANE in Mali?

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Smile Esskane

Essakane is not a town nor will you find it in Google but it is visible in Google Earth.

It is just desert dunes until the Festival de la Musique appears each year. NW of Tombouctou in some seriously deep sand!!

Essakane is the adventure of finding her-
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Essakane GPS waypoint

(coordinates send me an email, as Bert suggested them not to be posted to keep up the mystic)
you can get there from Goundam or Timbuctu
just follow tracks in the sand, other 4x4s
on map it looks a bit like this
http://www.thisfabtrek.com/journey/a...sakane-map.jpg
in deep sand deflate tires as much as u can, and drive slowly
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This Fab Trek - Photography and Journey: Festival au desert, Mali, Essakane, Tombouctou/Timbuktu, Baba Salah, Tiris.
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Thanks Manfred

Is it worth going to the festival?

or is it too touristy now?

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Why is there always one...

who flipping ruins it for everyone else ?

the lat & Long of Essakane hasn't been posted before - as 'finding Essakane' and the adventure that goes with 'Le Festival de la Musique' all forms part of old mystique and the joy of that special discovery.

John - ignore manfreds wrong comment about 'drive slowly' - you need to get up to speed in sand and keep the momentum going as it is this very forward momentum that keeps you from getting stuck. If you follow the locals, you'll see that it is everything but a leisurely drive!! keeping up with them is no easy feat. Enjoy the festival (was €300 a year ago)

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In a car

In deep sand on a bike you rather give it as much thrust as u can
Its not deep all the time
In a 4x4 with 1 bar (maybe even 0.6 bar) you can drive nearly in the same way
as with 2.5 on asphalt. People drive quick because they don't deflate tires.
So drive rather slow and carefully otherwise u may rip ur pneus on the edgy parts
The festival is worth going, just getting more expensive all the time
Consider also Segou, Festival sur le Niger usually 2 weeks later

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This is what it looks like John - and 'fred is quite right.... not deep at all - can't imagine the reason why it took us 15 minutes to get this 4x4 unstuck... once loads of vehicles have churned it over and over again, yes it is deep.
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Whatever Bert

I did not have problems. Arrived at night because we set out late from Tombouctou and I drove carefully with nearly flat tires. Never feared of loosing the track. It was nowhere near as demanding as other stuff I have done (far away, no tracks, no other vehicles, deeeeep sand). Yes it is desert, be prepared in all respects, don't underestimate, take ur time. re ur picture: Locals' vehicles usually aren't prepared. No oil, no diesel, no water, engine hardly maintained, locals never deflate tires in sand, 20 people on top of a pick-up. But locals themselves know cope when stranded, know to survive in dire conditions, also they have time, don't have a plane to catch Monday after, that takes them back. Cheers Manfred
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well done Sir

sehr gut but I really don't understand why Manfred doesn't deflate his tyres in sand- This action increases the length of the tyre's 'footprint' thereby offering greater contact / grip on the deck-
Works for me.
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Sorry to stir up such a hornets nest!!

Sorry all!

Didn't know this was such a touchy subject

At the risk of starting Armageddon - I have one (or two) more questions

Is it better to buy tickets on line or buy them at the site?

Festival au Desert website quoting ticket prices at euro 130.00 per person

If on site, where? Timbuktu or the festival site itself?

Lastly if I buy them before hand are there any additional charges on arrival (like some herbert trying to relieve travelers of a 'parking charge' or 'local tax' etc).

I await your answers with trepidation (and tin hat)

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In 2006 I paid 150 on site

no further charges (parking/camping). So 130 looks really cheap. But things may have changed since. Send them an email.
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Thanks Manfred

130 euros does sound cheap - especially if prices have been rising year on year.

Silly question perhaps, but the ticket service advertised on the festival website can be trusted can it?!

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Not too stupid a question

I would trust them, you decide for urself. ;-)
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