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west-Africa and rainy season

any experiences of people that have driven west-africa during the rainy season? especially interested in experiences for Mali, Senegal and the Gambia. how difficult is it?
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No worries...just because its rainy season, it doesn't mean its gonna rain everyday...nor will all vehicular traffic cease for the season...

You're in a car, so you'll be ok...the Peugeot bush taxis do fine as will you...if you happen to be off road and you come upon a suspicious patch of road or potentially deep puddle...stop, walk ahead, and take a peek.

Other than that you should be fine. I lived in the Tambacounda area for a couple years as a Peace Corps volunteer and have travelled through Mali, Senegal etc...you'll be ok...how is your French though?

And if you find yourself en brousse in a pinch ask for a Volontaire-Toubab...Corps de la Paix Americain...they're the only white people around that will speak the local language...and will help you out.
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hi there MotoEdde. Thanks a lot for your information. Good to get to know this first-hand information of yours. My French is very basic. I got French in secondary school but not more then that. I hope the French phrasebook of the lonely planet will stand me by sufficient enough. Thanks again. Cheers.
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