Originally Posted by MoMix
I'm considering the option in the subject. I'm trying to ship the bike to Dakar and start touring from there. I'd like to get to Benin via Ghana and Togo and get back through Burkina and Mali.
Since I've already done an extensive trip in Mali and Burkina and since (IIRC) the visa only allows for one entry, I'd like to avoid crossing them twice. This leaves just one solution: reach Ghana via Guinea and Ivory Coast. I know someone did the south of Ivory Coast with little or no problem but can't find any advice (apart from the official "keep away from there") on crossing the border from Guinea.
Any (first hand) info would be greatly appreciated.
I'll try to help, although done part of it 'on foot'; it would help if I knew you had a bike or 4x4 ...
Bissau crossings vary - if you're on a bike I'd highly recommend going south via Quebo and across to Boke, the only problem you might have is crossing the river as the bridge at Sansale hasn't existed for a year or so now. There's a pirogue between the two sides of Kandiafara which would support a 'lighter' bike.
Guinea - Ivory Coast - I've not done this but will be doing the reverse of a friends route (I met in Bissau) this Christmas hopefully. I am aiming to go from Abidjan to Kissidougou (Guinea) via Voingama (Liberia) and Monrovia ... going west to Monrovia isn't easy, it's all piste.
The crossing into Cote d'Ivoire from there is a NO GO at the moment, I was with a Spanish guy & his Unimog who live in Senegal who knows the roads there well as his company is registered in Abidjan.
The political situation in CI was calming down until they fired a rocket at the PM's jet last week, the French are trying to pull out of the north-south divide that straddles CI. FYI, the friend I met in Bissau was imprisoned in Bouake by the rebels in March this year (hence my border crossing south via Liberia unless things stabilize a bit more).
PM me if I can help any further & I'll get more info from my friend who I'm in touch with now plotting my own 'foot' route
SORRY COMPLETE IDIOT THAT I AM - you are taking a bike! BEWARE it wouldn't be suitable for a road bike!!!
Last edited by TT-Kira; 11 Jul 2007 at 22:29.
Reason: didn't read OP properly!