Mali to Mauritania (visa questions)
We're Americans who will be travelling in Mali and Mauritania - flying from Paris to Bamako or Mopti, and eventually going overland through the desert into Mauritania (in the north). The Mauri visa is thus a tricky one. Maybe possible to get from the embassy in DC before leaving but, we live in San Francisco and what with all the special requirements (proof of this and that which we won't have) it doesn't seem likely.
We'd just as soon bypass Bamako for Mopti but if Bamako is a good place to get the Mauri visa, we can fly in there. Does anyone know how long it takes in Bamako and whether you really need all that crap like invitation, proof of transport, hotel reservation, etc?
Alternately, we may be able to get our visa in Paris before flying out. Does anyone know how long it takes there and what the requirements are?
One more possibilty. I hear there's now and embassy in London and we may be stopping there en route as well.