thankls for your reply and info.
We want to go from Essakane direct to Nema
through Gargando, Lerbeb, Bassikounou, Dendara, Nema, or, if too difficult a little bit more south through Lere, Nampala, Med Allan, Bassikounou, Dendara, Nema. Anyone knowing these pistes?
Originally posted by Tonyabc:
I am not sure if you are looking for a fast route or a desert route.
I came to Mali going via Nema to Naara ad then on to Bamako. The Nema Nara stretch is scenic and not difficult in 4WD.
There is a piste going from Nema direct to Timbuktu. A guide in Timbuktu told me this was not too difficult but I have no direct experience of it.
There is also a real desert route which goes either from Nema or Oulata and goes via oneof the wells north of Timbuktu on the route between Timbuktu and Arouwan (spelling). This last route is not a piste, is through open desert, and probably requires a guide. I know of a good guide but don`t know how one would deal with visas.
There is a border crossing on the Nema Nara route that was friendly to me on the Mauritania and Mali sides.
From Nara to Bamako and on to Timbuktu is pretty straightforward in the sense that the pistes and roads and easy to follow. The easiest route to Timbuktu seems to be via Douentza. The Douentza Timbutu piste is failry good all the way.