Mali Road Tracks Travel


To take the road in Mali, is a wonderful, though weary some experience!

Africa lags behind the rest of the world in all aspects of infrastructure development. There are a very few asphalt roads, though most of them are in good condition. But when you leave main roads, you have to drive on lateral tracks full of holes, and often not drivable during the rainy season.

So it’s better not to drive but to hire a car or a van with chauffeur, or to take regular buses. What kind of vehicles will you find on the roads ? Antic trucks, very few cars (mostly Mercedes near Bamako), buses, bicycles, motorcycles, donkeys, privates minivans called "bâchés"and minivans with tourists.

When you stop, at the gas station, at a traffic gate, or near a market, a crowd of sellers come to sell you things to eat (such as bananas, exquisite mango’s, sesame biscuits), to drink (water in bags or juices), or self made objects such as little toys made with soda cans, jewels, tissues.

written by azurblue on 2009-03-30 in #world #locations #mali #vehicles #mopti #trucks #roads #africa


  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Ah... that's what I like when travelling: to discover the country through the window of the bus, to make a stop in a village/station and "feel" the life of the people.... remembers me Burkina Faso of course... (And I made a location about the Bus travel in Burkina Faso:…)

  2. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    Nice trip in Mali!...I think that at the end your 8 days seemed to you 20...

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Great shots! 25 is my fav' !

  4. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Thanks again, you 3 magnificent wanderers !

    Thanks, stouf, I like it too ! ;)

    a-l-b-e-r-t-o-, you're right, I needed to rest a few days when I went back home. To do this trip on your own, you need 15 days (and you'll need to rest a week after yout trip, lol!)

    Ca a été un de mes moments favoris : regarder le paysage défiler à la fenêtre du minibus. Pourtant les conditions de confort étaient sommaires : poussière, 38° minimum dans la voiture, trajets interminables (8h30 de minibus le dernier jour), mais j'ai adoré. J'ai pas mal pensé à tes photos du Burkina quand j'étais là-bas. Il y a un air de parenté entre le Mali et le Burkina.

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