Take care in eastern Mali
The security situation in Eastern and northern Mali has deteriorated over the last 6 - 12 months. I believe that Mopti may be OK, but Timbuktu is looking risky and possibly through to Gao. i would certainly not go to Kidal region. Security anywhere in the region outside Timbuktu is now poor. The Festival of the Desert this year in January was moved from Essakane to Timbuktu, and it was a much smaller affair than usual.
You will not be able to take your vehicle on the bost on the Niger River. The boats are either pinasses or the public ferries- neither of which take cars. If you really want to go on the river, then the car will have to stay behind.
For security updates a useful web site to keep an eye on, is [url=http://www.point-afrique.com]Point-Afrique Voyages : billets d'avion, circuits et s] The Point Afrique charter company rely on security across the region for their business. They recently deleted 5 destinations across Mali, Niger and southern Algeria due to security problems.
Last edited by Alistair; 20 Oct 2010 at 11:27.
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