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Old 21 Dec 2010
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Straight from Mauritania to Mali

If you are heading Mali from Mauritania and want to avoid Senegalise border (Rosso/Diama), most straight forward, less expensive option is to drive through Nouakchott - Aleg - Kiffa - Ayoun - Nioro - Diema.
Now all route is asphalt, only some potholes between Kiffa- Ayoun but if you go slow, there's no problem.

Border crossing at Gogui(Mauri/Mali) is very peaceful. 3000UM for customs
on Mauri side, and 5000CFA (Sat&Sun 10000CFA) for customs in Mali side.
(Police stamp additional 3000CFA)

Carte Brune for ECOWAS is available at the Malian border for the price of
1month: 24657CFA, 3months: 28388CFA, 6months: 47045CFA,
this insurance covering most West African countries inclulding Ghana.

Places to stay on this route (2010):

"Auberge Sahara"
GPS: N18°06.163 W015°59.854
1800UM per person. Hot shower, Kitchen, Free WiFi!
#Walking distance to Malian Embassy.

"Auberge L'espoir"
GPS: N17°02.939 W013°54.923
Need to negotiate, putting tent on the terrace was
4000UM for 2 people. (Air conditioned rooms 8000UM)

"Camping Le Phare du Desert"
GPS: N16°38.758 W011°26.854
Camping 2000UM per person. Nice restaurant covered with plants.

"Hotel Nezaha"
GPS: N16°39.810 W009°35.859
Camping at the terrace 2000UM per person.
(Rooms 15000UM! Maybe the best hotel in town?)

Diema (Mali)
"Village Ventures"
Village Ventures Home Page
GPS: N14°33.036 W9°11.184
This is a development project run by an English lady.
Walking dictance from the roundabout. Near water tower.
Camping about 5Euro donation per person.

Hope this information helps.

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Great info, thanks!
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I will be doing this route in the opposite direction in a few weeks, thanks a lot. I have a range of 500 km, do I need extra fuel as I heard gasoline is harder to find?
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Hi Omnipot

Thanks for info

we will be traveling > Nouakchott Bamako in a few weeks time
we are pressed for time , how long did drive take you ?
How did you feel about security on this route ?
we are trying to decide on this route or go thru Senegal I love Senegal but the border is a lot of hassle

Any other opinion on which route to take from others ??

Thank You
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Very useful info, thanks for that !!!!
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mauri info

hi omnipot,
many thanks for the info. we're now north of laoyunne and will be going to dakhla in 2days. had a pretty strong sandstorm today...

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Thanks for this info omnipot,
We too are heading south in a couple of weeks time so I am very interested in fuel stops. my bike goes for about 340 kilomettres between fills. I carried a five litre container across Russia and central asia but only needed it once. Do you know what the greatest distance between fills for you was, as I dumped my container when I got to Europe and have to decide wether to buy a new one.

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