Mali info - Nara-Segou-Douentza/Bandiagaria
I'm planning a bike trip to Mali from the UK this year leaving early November. Most likely solo. My original intention was to head down to the Nema/Nara crossing and go (via Bamako ans Segou) to Bandiagara and the lovely Dogon country - probably turning round and heading home from there.
Having a quick catch up on the HUBB (it's been about 2 years since I was last here!) it all looks to have gone wrong in various bits of Mali - from a banditry point of view and whatnot.
I therefore wonder what the current consensus is about the wisdom of such an itinerary for a solo bike? I did the same route in 2007 as part of a trans-Africa ride and it was lovely and I had no real hassles. Hard to believe it can have changed that much in 4 short years?!
(04 KTM 640 Adv 'Naartjie'/11 KTM 990 Adv 'Tsumeb')