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Niamey - Ouaga - Bamako

Niamey - Ouaga - Bamako

Old Jul 30th 2006, 4:13 am
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Alan
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Default Niamey - Ouaga - Bamako

To anyone who has been in the Mali, Burkina, Niger part of West Africa
lately, can you help with these questions:

1. Is there any moderately comfortable ground transportation between
Bamako and Ouaga, or between Ouaga and Niamey? By 'moderately
comfortable' I mean: not bush taxis, definitely not riding on top of
trucks, and perhaps (dare I even think it?) even with a bit of air
conditioning? I'm thinking perhaps a small bus with moderately
comfortable seats?

2. Does anyone have any information on car rentals in Ouagadougou or
Niamey? Types of cars, prices, possible problems or things to watch out
for?

A bit of background: I lived in Burkina in the late 1970s, but have not
been back since. I don't mind roughing it for travel, but I will be
with an inexperienced traveller who would probably enjoy the trip more
with some modest comfort.

I would like to avoid air travel between the above destinations, in
part so that we can see the country side, but also to avoid the hassle
of airports. But I don't know if there is any (even moderately)
comfortable public ground transportation between Bamako, Ouaga, and
Niamey these days.

Any information would be helpful. Thanks very much.

Alan
 
Old Aug 4th 2006, 3:02 am
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Tashi
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Default Re: Niamey - Ouaga - Bamako

Good health and high spirits!
I haven't been to Niamey, but I have a friend who just went through there
this year.. there is a bus.. don't know anything about it.

As for the trip from Oauga to Bamako, there are comfortable buses. The roads
have been redone in 2001 for the African games they are very good roads with
alot of speed bumps.
I never rented a car there, but I did inquire about using one to go to
Timbuktu.. the answer all over seemed to be 1) pretty pricey.. 2) you have
to rent the driver as well.
there are still bush taxis and smaller crappy buses but I travelled all
around Mali and BF on the comfortable buses mainly

here's some info...
In Mali: Bittar trans: tel 20 15 05.. Bamako to Segou.... 2,500fcfa
from Bamako to Mopti 7,000cfa
In Burkina Fasu... Sogebaf trans: tel 30.36.27 Ouagadougou to Bamako..
1,500 f
travel around BF Rakieta (Banfora) tel 88.03.81 from Bobo to Banfora...
1000f

As I remember Rakieta was the roughest ride.. chickens, pigs in the bus,
rams under the bus and goats on the roof. furniture, no windows, hot,
crammed with people when we arrived to our destination we were covered in
red dust.... yup that was an
awesome ride.. the other transits were comfortable with curtains, air, loud
music, no over crowding and if there was, the people usually grumbled about
it. Lots of checkpoints crossing the borders from BF to Mali and if you are
riding with Nigerians.... be in for a lonnnnngggg ride... it takes along
time for them to be pulled off the bus, their luggage searched, bribes paid
etc..

here are the names of some of the rental places in Bamako..
Falaye keita 223.21.43.95 fx:223.21.43.85
Djenne location 223.24.92 fx:223.22.26.26
Mali Art trade/tours 223.29.01.29
Locatours 223.21.01.33 fx:223.21.65.49

hope this helps a little
Tashshy



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"Alan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected] oups.com...
    > To anyone who has been in the Mali, Burkina, Niger part of West Africa
    > lately, can you help with these questions:
    > 1. Is there any moderately comfortable ground transportation between
    > Bamako and Ouaga, or between Ouaga and Niamey? By 'moderately
    > comfortable' I mean: not bush taxis, definitely not riding on top of
    > trucks, and perhaps (dare I even think it?) even with a bit of air
    > conditioning? I'm thinking perhaps a small bus with moderately
    > comfortable seats?
    > 2. Does anyone have any information on car rentals in Ouagadougou or
    > Niamey? Types of cars, prices, possible problems or things to watch out
    > for?
    > A bit of background: I lived in Burkina in the late 1970s, but have not
    > been back since. I don't mind roughing it for travel, but I will be
    > with an inexperienced traveller who would probably enjoy the trip more
    > with some modest comfort.
    > I would like to avoid air travel between the above destinations, in
    > part so that we can see the country side, but also to avoid the hassle
    > of airports. But I don't know if there is any (even moderately)
    > comfortable public ground transportation between Bamako, Ouaga, and
    > Niamey these days.
    > Any information would be helpful. Thanks very much.
    > Alan
    >
 

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