Dakar-Cotonou January 2012
Am taking my first overland trip, solo, from Dakar to Cotonou at the end of January. I am working on getting all my visas in advance in Dakar (am in Dakar now, hopefully mali done tomorrow) so that part should be covered but I do have a few other questions:
-Route, currently i am heading the Bamako, Bobo-Dioulasso and then either through togo or straight down through Benin. I am also returning to Dakar afterwards.
-Sites/places to definitely visit. I am still figuring this out, and also networking with friends in Dakar who have friends relatives between here and Benin which might inform my route and accommodation a little. in the meanwhile I would love any advice.
-Accommodations: at present i was thinking to look for low cost hostile/campement or cheap hotels along the way as the trip is only going to be 6 weeks at most. Is it absolutely necessary i am prepared to camp? i have a solo mosquito net and some basic supplies but the idea for the trip came after i was already in dakar so i am limited to buying supplies here.
-Bike: I am still looking for a bike and posted something on the site but if anyone reads this instead and is heading into Dakar with something solid let me know.
-Any other general advice is welcome. I am an experienced rider, my french is conversational and i have been in Senagal for 2 months now and otherwise live in NYC.
Thanks for any help, if you have links to information i am happy to find the relevant stuff!