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pinasse in mali - who has done it?

Who has put their vehicle on a pinasse in Mali to go from Mopti to Timbuktu or Timbuktu to Gao? What was the cost? Was it worth doing, or not?
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Who has put their vehicle on a pinasse in Mali to go from Mopti to Timbuktu or Timbuktu to Gao? What was the cost? Was it worth doing, or not?
Have a read of this: Sahara Overland ~ the book and online resource

Worth doing? Not a bad travel experience, but you might get bored.
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Niger trip

Rode to Timbuktu (rough but has to be done), put bike on pinasse back to Mopti, approx euro50 from memory incl food. Recommend a private one over public, comfort a big reason, but also safety. When I saw how low in the water some of them were I knew I had made the right choice! Price seems to depend hugely on demand - they have to get the boat back up to Mopti, passengers or no passengers. Three days of enforced idleness - read, shoot the breeze with fellow passengers, sun bathe, pull up in evening to camp on a beach, slip off briefly in Niafounke to pay respects at Ali Farka Toure's family house, sub Saharan desert scenery, mud mosque Niger villages sliding by... Very fond memories of that three day trip.
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