12 Sep 2017

Best route from Senegal To Bamako

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Far and away the easiest route to enter Mali from Senegal is the one that takes you from Kédougou in Senegal to Kéniéba, Kita, Kati then Bamako. The road is pothole free and the border crossing is very straight forward. The route from Kayes via Diema has really declined over the past several years and the security situation around Diema and Didieni is fluid as well.  If you are using Google Maps or any of the older paper maps like the Michelin then you may well think I’ve gone mad as this road doesn’t appear to exist. It was however completed in 2012 and is now the favoured route for most local traffic.

If you however want to stay off the tar road then an excellent option would to be travel from Kayes via Mahina and Manantali. On this route, you can stop off for a few days rest near Manantali at Cool Camp where morning swims in the Bafing River and lazy days relaxing amongst the fruit trees are the order of the day. If you want to take this route when travelling from Bamako then you pass through Kita on route to Senegal and then 40kms from Kita you turn right at the small village of Tambaga.

Google Maps is a must have app for travel in Africa but do yourself a favour and get the MAPS.ME app* as well. It greatly compliments the Google Maps app and in many cases, can be used as a standalone route planning solution.

*available in the Play Store and on iTunes

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