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Travelling from Senegal to Mali by Public Transport


Find out how to go from Senegal to Mali –  Tambacouda to Bamako Bus Journey

Earlier than heading all the best way to Bamako, I had the plans to go to the household of a few of my associates at house (Spain) in very tiny villages throughout Senegal. So I took the bus in Tambacouda, Senegal however I do know that the bus I took got here all the best way from Dakar. There’s a minimum of 1 per day, however not with the identical bus firm, so I counsel to purchase the ticket in superior. You can too attain Tambacouda from Cassamance.

To purchase the bus ticket, you ask till you discover the storage of any of the bus corporations heading to Bamako. I used AfricaTours however there’s a minimum of one other 10 bus corporations with path to Bamako.

They could ask on your cellphone quantity to allow them to name you when the bus departure is nearing.

My tip is: very first thing you do whenever you arrive by bus to any metropolis, is to ask when is the bus to your subsequent vacation spot, and plan it from there, since you might be already on the bus station.

Initially, I had deliberate to cross Mali by way of Kidira border, hoping to take the prepare in Kayes that will take me to Bamako. I verify that as per October 2017, there’s no prepare Kayes – Bamako.

In my case, bus drove very quick. I left Tambacouda round 5 PM and reached the border at 5:00 am. I need to admit that the border at night time was a little bit scary. I had organized my Mali visa earlier than leaving Spain. As soon as on the border they didn’t requested any cash, though I heard that I might’ve received my VISA on the border, this isn’t confirmed.

In Spain, my VISA was 70€ (+ 2 journeys to Madrid), they stated that on the border its 10€ for the VISA and 10€ for the policeman. The folks that payed for his or her visa at Mali border needed to pay within the totally different check-points whereas I didn’t needed to pay something.

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From the border, the route is straight ahead to Bamako metropolis. I arrived at 2 PM. Most corporations have 2 garages, discover a reference level of the place is your lodge and ask for that reference level. Most individuals (together with drivers) can’t learn maps. Possibilities your Lodge is close to the German embassy are very excessive and everyone is aware of the place it’s.

If I might return, I might’ve received off the bus and attempt to cease by Bafing Nationwide park for a few days. We handed by it and nature I noticed was superb!

Breakdown prices of   bus from Tambacouda to Bamako Mali

Value Tambacouda – Bamako: 30€

Timing: Tambacouda 19:00 – Border 5:00 – Bamako 14:00 subsequent day. Take into account that your occasions could range relying on how lengthy it takes your bus to undergo each army management so delays may occour and journey to Bamako finally ends up longer than in my case.

Different bus corporations working: Africa Excursions, Noir excursions, Sonef, Transafrica

Sensible tip: ask for Bus storage – works higher than asking for bus station for some purpose.

Bamako Mali

After a really lengthy bus trip from Tambacouda (Senegal) I arrived in Bamako.

Crossing the Niger River for the primary time was thrilling! Bamako metropolis itself stunned in a great way. If in comparison with another cities in Africa, its fairly modern- aside from the shortage of ungrounded drains.

Very giant roads with site visitors lights and lots of lanes that cross the town in a number of instructions and “megablocks” asphalted on the skin and with out asphalting on the within, which makes virtually no person trip inside, the children play free on the road, folks promote something on the door of their homes ingesting tea all day …

My favorite half was Bamako market. I spent most of my time there and beloved it. Folks weren’t in hustling vacationer mode. Most locals had been interested by me, and even after I didn’t purchased something they had been completely satisfied to ask me for a tea.

 Observe that after 6 Pm try to be already again to your lodge. The surroundings modifications lots between day and night time and as quickly because the night time falls, most individuals appear to be speeding house.

As a solo feminine traveler in Bamako I had not a single situation to maneuver round Bamako by bus or strolling alone all through the day. Largely the bus fares across the Bamako metropolis price round 100 CFA (15 cents), water luggage 50 CFA (extra frequent than bottles of water)  and recent watermelon 25 CFA.

Consuming rice with sauce at any of the native meals stands on the street was 200 CFA with out meat (Yay for vegetarians!) and 500 CFA for meat meals.

On the bus trip from Tambacouda to Bamako I made associates with and so they invited me to go to their properties. It was nice to see the suburbs of Bamako and see native life. I used to be additionally protected there though I seen that police was following my steps.

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I booked a dorm in Sleeping Camel Lodge. Dorm worth 5000 CFA per night time. In addition they have non-public rooms. Nice ambiance and superb employees! Additionally they’d actual espresso, western meals cooked western fashion and cash change at an excellent price.

Solely factor to notice: their security measures scared me a little bit bit the primary time I received in, since you need to cross 2 doorways and a steel scan earlier than you will get in.

Travelling to Carrefour Djenne from Bamako

To get in:

There’s a number of buses from Bamako to the Carrefour Djenne on daily basis. Any bus going to Mopti will drop you there. In my case, I took the bus from Africa excursions from 18:00 that left surprisingly on time.

I didn’t know on the time that the checkpoint from Djenne can be closed at the moment, so everyone in my bus (and lots of buses and vehicles going forward of us) needed to get off (that was round 2 am). Villagers come and give you mats for lease for 200 CFA. Folks appeared calm in order that calmed me down (Solo feminine traveler right here). I discovered a mom along with her kids and slept close to her.

Round 6 within the morning everyone is up and checkpoint begins working once more. Within the crossing there are minibuses to Djenne. No schedule. Value was 1500 CFA. Ferry was included.

I stayed in “Village des Amies” a Lodge close to the river, about 4 kms from Djenne. It was very peaceable and from there it was very simple to satisfy villagers since in addition they run a social undertaking. Value was 5000 CFA per night time.

To go to Djenne I “hitchiked”  the donkeys. However many individuals are prepared to offer you a trip of their motorcycle. If that’s not your fashion chances are you’ll favor to remain inside the town, nevertheless it is not going to be as low cost.

Additionally, one factor to find out about Djenne was the odor. It’s an historic metropolis with historic sewage system, so I used to be very completely satisfied to sleep outdoors the town.

The town is small, simple to stroll. Jogged my memory to Moroccan Medina. Within the plaza in entrance of the Nice Mosque  you’ll meet the few guys that talk English and that can need to give you a tour. There are alsoso known as guides that can take you to the Dogon villages for a extra cheap worth.

In my case, military guys informed me I couldn’t go to the Dogon Villages on my own (As per October 2017) due to the “Bandis Armés” – what in Europe we name Jiihadis.

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In my case, I ended up changing into associates with a Dogon woman my age and he or she introduced me to her village – which was a tremendous experience-. I remorse a little bit bit I didn’t go to Bandiagara.

To go away theCarrefour Djenne, head to the sq. in entrance of the mosque, there can be mini vans ready.  Similar worth. Within the Carrefour simply look forward to a bus to depart in direction of Mopti or Bamako. I received on the third bus that handed, solely needed to wait about quarter-hour. That was round 10 am. Experience to Mopti prices 1000 CFA.

Mopti Mali

In different days, Mopti was a touristic metropolis that was an necessary cease in the best way to the mysterious Timbuktu, nonetheless right this moment, in case you are not a potential AQM goal, you possibly can take a ship that can take 3 days till there.

However in case you are a white-european-solo-female traveler like me you’ll have to head in the wrong way. Simply 1 week after I go to Mopti, AQM had attacked Extreme, a metropolis simply 20 kms away.

I received right here from the Djenne Carrefour. I can verify that there are a number of buses going from Mopti to Bamako and again. Take into account that in case you take an evening bus, you may spend the night time within the highway as a consequence of check-points being closed. A bus from Bamako must be 10000 CFA. A bus from/to Bandiagara 1500 CFA and a bus from/to Djenne carrefour 1000 CFA.

Mopti was the primary metropolis the place folks did appear very determined for the cash. I met a UN employee that defined me that many individuals fled the violence,ended up homeless in Mopti. I solely spent a day and a half in Mopti and was greater than sufficient. Briefly visited market, walke across the nice mosque and took a ship trip.

There’s nonetheless a number of luxurious motels open and 1 price range lodge known as Y’A Pas de Probleme Lodge. Night time was 5000 CFA for the dorm and the employees was beautiful (in addition they had non-public rooms). It’s near the world the place the bus corporations are and the boats in direction of your subsequent vacation spot.Lodge had Air-condition, clear rooms and so they even had bathroom paper!

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Boat to Segú Mali

In my case, I made a decision to take a ship in direction of Segú, on my approach again to Bamako. I had paid 10€ for the boat with “mattress” included (which was only a mat on high of some wooden with mosquito web). My boat left at 16:00 and arrived to Segú round 10:00 AM subsequent day. The journey was beautiful.

I didn’t do a lot sightseeing in Segú, since I had plans to proceed in direction of Bamako. However once more, Segú was tremendous protected! From there I took a bus again to Bamako. I payed 2500 CFA. Left at round midday and arrived in Bamako at 14:30.

Natalia, born in Guatemala, At 24 has already backpacked 46 international locations and counting. Loves studying alternative ways of understanding primary on a regular basis issues for various folks across the globe. First phrase she learns in each language is “robust girl” and tries to seek out out it’s that means for each tradition she visits. Hopes you discover data and braveness in her phrases to go uncover the world too.

 

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