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Old 25 Aug 2008
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Safety Mauretania

Hello.

Me and a friend are Planning on crossing Mauretania form Westren Sahara directly into Mali mid Sept (2 wheel drive Car). Has anyone been through lately? What is the situation?
- Is the road paved and visible?
- Are border crossings ok?
- Is a convoi advisable?
- Is a guid advisable?
- has the 'coupe d'etat' changed anything so far?

All tips are most appreciated.

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Hey Obiahman.

I did that route in December '07. So I cant realy comment on the current situation. But...

1. Apart from nomansland at the border between WesternSahara/Morocco and Mauritania (a two-three kilometer stretch with NO roads. Just sand and rocky tracks. Stay on the tracks because of mines!), there is pretty good tar road all the way. You may encounter a detour or two, but those detours will usually be good enough for a regular two wheel drive to drive on. Mali's main roads are pretty good tar also. So apart from no mans land Morocco-Mauri the drive should cause you no problems.

The rest of your questions require recent knowledge about the coup, which I unfortunately don't have. But I am sure someone else here has.

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Hi,

Assuming you're refering to the "regular" route through Fort Guerguerat - Nouak - Mali (and not directly from the eastern border to Timbouctou or TAoudeni):

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- Is the road paved and visible?
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- Are border crossings ok?
Yes

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- Is a convoi advisable?
No

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- Is a guid advisable?
No, unless you dont own a GPS receiver.
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Thank you McThor and NCR for your reply.

yes, Indeed. Through Mauriania.
Planning on doing NouaKchott - Kiffa - Áyoun- Nioro- Bamako (judging from Michelin 741 (2007)). All Other suggestions welcome offcourse.

Departing 6 Sept. I guess We'll find out the hard way to see if the coup has any implications on such a crossing.

I'll keep news posted here. Otherwise, planning on putting highlights on my blog. Obiahman Endeavours
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