4×4 Transport from Timbuktu to Mopti

After my 22 hours trip from Gao on top of that Mauritanian smuggler pickup truck along with other 18 people, I wasn’t expecting that my way out of Timbuktu would be hard. Well, it wasn’t easy and it proved to be true the reputation of Timbuktu being hard to reach and tough to get out.

Asking directions for the location from where 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser depart from Timbuktu to other locations in Mali, I end up in this small sandy bureau in the city centre near the central market.

It seems that a 4×4 was leaving the next day and it would be advisable if I somehow paid half of the money to fully book my seat and make sure I had a place. The guy selling the tickets asked me the name of my hotel for morning pickup.

  • Timbuktu to Mopti 4×4 trip shared front seat = 12500 CFA

I paid the money and the next morning, the 4×4 picked me up in front of my hotel, making me wait for approximately 1 hour.

The trip was yet to start and the nice 4×4 they showed me the day before to convince me to go with them, end up to be a really lousy and old 4wd. At least I got the front seat along with another guy.

After picking up the rest of the people to start the long journey, we drove a few dozen kms to pass the Niger River over a brief ferry-boat trip to the other side.

The 4wd run down many times and we had to wait lots of time that the guy and his friend fixed the car to be able to go along the journey. This took about 4 or 5 hours more than normal and waiting under the strong Sun was not easy, but, ok, I enjoyed the adventure.

We had to switch to a bus in Douentza that the guy from the 4wd paid and made sure I got a place all the way to Mopti.

4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser from Timbuktu to Mopti

4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser from Timbuktu to Mopti, Mali

4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser from Timbuktu to Mopti, Mali

Ferry-boat crossing Niger River

Ferry Boat crossing Niger River, Mali

Ferry Boat crossing Niger River, Mali

Toyota Land Cruiser breakdown

Toyota Land Cruiser Bus from Timbuktu to Douentza, Mali

Toyota Land Cruiser Bus from Timbuktu to Douentza, Mali

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~ by João Leitão on January 4, 2009.

 
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