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.