Arrived at friday at about 16.00 on the border. Checkout Mauretania very friendly, no problem at all.
On the Mali side: Police no problem, nice and friendly chat, just fill in the paper and they stamp your passport. Customs\Douane the same, no administration at the border. They were watching Alpine skiing
But than the Gendarmerie: took our passports and told us to pay 12.000 CFA for escort to Nioro, where they would give us back the documents.
Ambassador in Nouakchott assured us that an obliged escort is no longer obliged, because the situation is safe since last year.
Tried to be intimidating by threatening to send us back to Mauritania. They use this method often. No discussion possible, amount not negotiable. We refused to pay at the border. Only in town! They accepted finally. So don't get confused.
But again false information: they escorted us to the gendarmerie outside Nioro and handed the passports to a new "chef". Be aware: "chef" changes every day as well as the information.
Because it was dark we were not allowed to go in town. Hotel accommodation was not a option, because they could not garantee our "safety".
We slept outside the post on our Expeds and took their outside shelter and lounge.
Next morning we were escorted to Customs (other side of town) on our own bikes, by a youngster without any weapon (the rest was busy drinking the shade in front of the post).
Since the weekend price is 3 times the amount of a week day, we kindly rejected and use the gendarmerie post as a free camping place. Note: we also took our passports from the customofficer. Result: a confused and later on pissed gendarmerie. The whole time we were not offered food or drinks( not allowed to go to town) So take your food and drinks with you.
On Sunday we left the compound to do shopping. without asking for permission. Result: handing over the passports under svere threatening of deportation to Mauretania. We enjoyed every minute, but it was a relief to leave on Monday accompanied by another Frenchman, who also had problems because he dared to ask for a recu. Yelling, screaming and hitting the table hard.
Fee to Bamako and not Diema(one of the chefs wanted a ride to family in Bamako): 31.000 CFA for the car and 2 bikes.
5.000 CFA for police outside Nioro, obliged.