Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Sahara Travel Forum

Sahara Travel Forum Topics specific to North Africa and the Sahara down to the 17th parallel (excludes Morocco)
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Desert Travels - Motorcycle Journeys in the Sahara and West Africa!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Togliatti, Russia
Posts: 246
Timbuktu-Gao

One more question about Mali. I have a plan to visit Timbuktu. But I don`t know how can I get out from there? Is there a road from Timbuktu to Gao along a Niger river? Is it possible for riding? I don`t have a perfect experience like a Dakar racers. And my Africa Twin is too heavy for the extreme off-road.

Alex
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Super Moderator
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,094
Most people go east a bit and then take the ferry to the south side of the river at Gourma Rarous or Korioume (??) via Douzenta and then the Hombori road to Gao.

Not sure about place names, see: http://www.sahara-overland.com/Sfiles/ian-timbo.htm

Continuing east along the north bank to Bourem would indeed be hard work on a wide and heavy AT.

Ch
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ireland
Posts: 46
Alex
Here are some photos of the route Timbuktu-Gao to give you some idea. There are some sandy sections - maybe 20% of the overall route could be classed as loose sand - and it is difficult to avoid, because there is heavy bush. As you get close to Bourem there is dune section, then after Bourem it is easier, and the road is being upgraded.
Donncha
Attached Images
    
__________________
--------------------------

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Monaco
Posts: 324
In December 07 we went from Timbuktu to Doentza in a Landrover. This is a hard pist. No problem at all.

Friends we then met in Niamey returned to Timbuktu via Gao in a Landcruiser. Again no problem at all.
__________________
Gentleman Adventurer
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 24 Jun 2008
orrin's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Worcester Park
Posts: 181
Another option..

I left my panniers at Mac's place in Sevare, near Mopti. Then headed to Tombouctou.
From mopti it is a 200km tar road until you turn left to Tim on a dirt road for another 200km. The dirt road is VERY BADLY CORRUGATED!! You will experience hell if you are fully loaded. Let me just say that again..VERY BADLY CORRUGATED!!
There are places at the dirt road turn off to stay and leave panniers etc.
Perhaps you could stay at this intersection, unload a load of crap, head to tim and back and you are then on the main road to Goa.
The route you are considering is very sandy.
I hope you really, really want to go to Tombouctou. Dont expect trumpets to sound when you enter.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Togliatti, Russia
Posts: 246
Gourma

Ok! I looked at the soviet maps. Actually the Nothern bank is sandy from Gourma to Bourem. Gourma is on the South bank. The map show me a ferry there. But I`m not sure does it works today? And what is the road further?

Alex
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 24 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Monaco
Posts: 324
The road from Timbukto to Gao does not cross the Niger. You will always be north of the river.

The photos of donncha correspond with what I have been told about that road (in December 07). This road should be no big problem on a bike and was easy in a Landcruiser.

To cross the Niger from/to Timbuktu there is a ferry about 15km south of Timbuktu (tar road until the port). The crossing takes more than an hour, because the Niger is wide and maeandering in this area. We took the last ferry southwards at 16h00. I would estimate that there are ca. 2-3 crossings each way per day.
__________________
Gentleman Adventurer
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gao to Timbuktu Tunde Sahara Travel Forum 1 10 Feb 2008 19:09
The route to Timbuktu bmw.bec Sahara Travel Forum 5 2 Aug 2006 16:59
To and from Timbuktu JSerpa Sahara Travel Forum 14 24 Mar 2006 22:09
Steve in Timbuktu SaharaDave Sahara Travel Forum 0 1 Oct 2005 03:02
uk to timbuktu chrisue sub-Saharan Africa 1 2 Jul 2005 18:30

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:52.