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nouadhibou to tombouctou.. how long ??????

hi. hopefully pottering down to tombouctou this christmas and we were thinking of getting down to mauritania, then heading southeast to nema, into mali and then tombouctou. does anyone have a vague idea how long the mauritania/mali section may take? we will be exploring and realise everyones time scales are different. the plan is to go to the festival of the dessert and we are trying to work how how much time to allow to get there. oh, we'll be on bikes. (anybody else heading that way?) karl.
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Hello,

you can go in 7-10 days.But the east of Nema it is not very safe today.In 2007 i have been there the last time.But at the moment i would not go there.

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Hi,

You should really avoid Nema.
An option is to cross to Mali from Ayoun el Atrouss to Nioro.
Another option, even further away from Nema, is to cross from Kiffa to Kayes. It is a dirt track but doable.

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Hi Mavis,

last winter, it took me 10 days (5 days driving 5 day resting) from NDB to TOM (via railwayline, Chiguetti, Ain Cafra, Tidjikja, Tichit, Oualata, Nema, Nara and Sokolo).

From Oualata to the malian border near Nara i was escorted by police (gendarmerie de Oualata).
See: Wüstenschiff • Thema anzeigen - Freiburg-Bamako in 14 Bildern (Dezember 2010 - Januar 2011)

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timbuktu

Hi Mavis are you still going to timbuktu this winter thinking of doing the same would be nice to meet up and travel a bit together or anyone else up for winter sunshine get intouch Cheers Dai.
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hi. hopefully pottering down to tombouctou this christmas and we were thinking of getting down to mauritania, then heading southeast to nema, into mali and then tombouctou. does anyone have a vague idea how long the mauritania/mali section may take? we will be exploring and realise everyones time scales are different. the plan is to go to the festival of the dessert and we are trying to work how how much time to allow to get there. oh, we'll be on bikes. (anybody else heading that way?) karl.
Karl, We are planning to do the same as you, in a truck. quinnsgap@hotmail.com
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uk to timbucto

hi we are leaving uk on 20th dec to travel to timbucto intending to take R2 in mauratania and then not sure, depends on security. would be happy to meet up and travel some of the way with others. will be using hilux surf, email
jennisonjones@hotmail.com and we can see how our itineries match up. howard
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