Originally Posted by Dave The Hat
Dave, are you heading from Sierra Leone to Guinea in the north (i.e. Kabala to Faranah via Gberia-Fotombu? If so, would love to hear some up to date info on this stretch of road (i.e. condition!) Would appreciate any information. Have a great trip!
I flicked a coin last minute - like I do every day, and I decided to head South-East through Bo, Kenema, Kailahun and Koindu.
The road as far as Kenema is perfect new Senegalese built tarmac - after that it is graded for most of the way, but it becomes a mess once you're in the forest and mountains.
There is a ferry crossing (manual) that costs between 150,000 and 400,000 Franc Guineans depending on how much water/sand banks there are.
From there it's 20km to Gueckedou in Guinea.
After that I headed North to Kissidougou, then crossed into Mali after an amazing road through Kouroussa then Kankan.
From Kankan to Bamaka it is also brand spanking new tarmac - with a few kms before Bamako under repair at present.
Unfortunately I blew my Turbo in Tabou, 7km before Siby, but now I'm in Bamako looking for spares - let me know if you have any contacts for a new Turbo for a Land Rover 300 Tdi Defender from 1996!