The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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Sahara Travel ForumTopics specific to North Africa and the Sahara down to the 17th parallel (excludes Morocco)
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This message is for Alistair Bestow or anyone else who has made the trip from Timbuctou to Taoudenni by camel.....
Alistair, I read your account of your two trips to Taoudeni in "Sahara Overland." I'm curious if forty days is a reasonable period of time to expect to make this trip in. How much time in country would you suggest one allocate to set up such a trip? Also, I was wondering as some other posters to the HUBB if it is possible to contact Dramane before getting to Mali. If not, how can one find him once in Timbuctou? Thanks.
If you want to travel with the camel caravan, then they do the return journey in 32 - 35 days, including two or three days (sometimes 4) rest at the mines of Taoudenni (take a good book, and catch up with your zzzzzzz's!!) Dramane was able to set up the trips for me with about three days notice. If you want to take longer (the caravans set a wicked pace), then this can be organised too, -but you would probably not travel with the caravans.
I travelled to Taoudenni and back by camel a third time in late 2003, and was charged CFA650,000 for the trip, not the CFA600,000 noted in the book. (Still very good value)
Dramane (his full name is Abderhamane Alpha Maiga)is very easy to find in Timbuktu -he is the manager of Timbuktu's latest up-market hotel, the Hotel Hendrina Khan, located south of the centre of town. Everybody in the tourist trade knows him.
He does have an email address as per in Sahara Overland, but he is not good at supplying a reply. (If you put yourself in his shoes, you would probably not be keen to arrange any part of such a trip on the strength of an email, because a) it is hard to sort the travellers who are really going to turn up, from those that may turn up, and those who are only vaguely interested and b) arrival times/day for travellers in Timbuktu are difficult to estimate, and c) he can set up the arrangements at fairly short notice anyway, once the travellers have arrived in the town.)
I could only get a one month visa for Mali from outside Mali. Clearly, if you are embarking on the above trip, then you will need more than a month in Mali. Visas can be prolonged before you go to Timbuktu, by calling in at the Police station in Mopti, where they are issued on the spot. (If you get the prolongation done in Bamako, then it is three working days.)
If you have any other questions, then either ask here, or send me an email.
Alistair (contributer to Sahara Overland II)
[This message has been edited by Alistair (edited 01 April 2005).]
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