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12. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 497 posts) 49w

We're now in Chinguetti at an oasis of comfort, La Gueila, after camping at Banc d'Arquin National Park in Mauritania to see thousands of birds flocking to some of the higher islands during the high tide. It's an amazing sight in this seldom-visited park. Crossing the Morocco-Mauritania border took hours. The Moroccans have whole-vehicle scanners, so don't attempt to cross with anything you're not supposed to. You exit the vehicle while it's being scanned. Thirty-day, single-entry visas to Mauritania can be obtained at the border. It was 120 euros for Americans, or $144. Officials take your photo and digitalize your fingerprints. The authorized money changer had better rates than the unauthorized freelancers. As noted earlier, you will do yourself, and the others traveling with you, a favor by printing numerous copies of a list with information contained in your passports, plus information on professions, visa numbers and dates of entry. There are numerous police checkpoints in both Morocco, including Western Sahara, and Mauritania. If you don't hand over a list, the stops could be time consuming. Make sure you have enough fuel in your vehicle, as some stations run out.

13. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 497 posts) 48w

We're now in Ziguinchor, on our way to Guinea-Bissau, after taking the ferry from Dakar. There were dolphins jumping in the Casamance River. The notoriety of the border crossings between Mauritania and Senegal aren't fiction. So make sure your documents, including proof of vehicle insurance, are all in order. You'll find that many children in French-speaking Africa will ask, "cadeaux, cadeaux." Sometimes officials, including police, will seek "cadeaux" to help speed you on your way. This can occur on city streets, as well as at borders. The amounts can be subject to negotiation. Money talks. So be prepared.

14. Posted by ethelkxxk (Budding Member 2 posts) 47w

I moved from Estonia ( North East - Europe) to Ghana (West-Africa) by car in 2008 (and still loiving in Ghana since - woops :)) Was best car trip EVER!

I started writing notes back from my trip here...but mhmm stopped where the real adventure started...sorry.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/my_blog.cfm?blogid=28825

Anyway. We crossed from Tarifa to Tanger and then drove by the coastal line till Mauritania. Well as we did not want to pass Senegal we turned to the inner route (yes to the dangerous one) from Mauritania via Nouakchott to Mali. Finally entered Ghana from Burkina Faso at Paga border point!

15. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 47w

Quoting ethelkxxk

I started writing notes back from my trip here...but mhmm stopped where the real adventure started...sorry.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/my_blog.cfm?blogid=28825

FYI: What you linked to here is your "management interface" to your blog. Only you can see something at that URL. To point other people to your blog, you need a URL like http://ethelkxxk.travellerspoint.com/ which is the public view, all nicely styled. :)

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Oct-2015, at 11:22 by Sander ]

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17. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 47w

Hi,

I am thinking of doing the following in April:

The Gambia, Ivory Coast, maybe Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania, Malawi, maybe South Africa, Ethiopia perhaps.

Regards

Simon

18. Posted by ukrichyg (Budding Member 5 posts) 47w

Quoting boulderman

Hi,

I am thinking of doing the following in April:

The Gambia, Ivory Coast, maybe Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania, Malawi, maybe South Africa, Ethiopia perhaps.

Regards

Simon

Hi Simon

this kind of fits in with the plan (I have currently in my head), and am now beginning to work out a few of the details. There are a couple of others who are also interested in such a trip and we are planning on doing a skype soon to 'meet' and discuss things further. With that view, perhaps message me with skype name; email; phone etc. and hope fully we can talk further. Just for interest - geographically, where are you? I am south Wales.

I am also beginning to get the transport I plan to use into a fit sate for the trip, I keep reading Berners posts and am eager to join the experience!

cheers, Richard

19. Posted by ukrichyg (Budding Member 5 posts) 47w

Quoting berner256

We're now in Ziguinchor, on our way to Guinea-Bissau, after taking the ferry from Dakar. There were dolphins jumping in the Casamance River. The notoriety of the border crossings between Mauritania and Senegal aren't fiction. So make sure your documents, including proof of vehicle insurance, are all in order. You'll find that many children in French-speaking Africa will ask, "cadeaux, cadeaux." Sometimes officials, including police, will seek "cadeaux" to help speed you on your way. This can occur on city streets, as well as at borders. The amounts can be subject to negotiation. Money talks. So be prepared.

These blogs are great and useful! Thank you!!

Rich

20. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 418 posts) 47w

Possibly due to time (open ended, but have a wedding in September...mine) I'd fly to Africa initially. I road tripped to Germany and other European countries in August. I've been to Spain about 15 times and would only be interested in the North. Crossing Med would appeal though. I liked Morocco but not Marrakesh. One of the most disappointing places (I think it's ranked in top 10 most over rated). You may have issues entering Ivory Coast, except via Ghana, same for leaving Senegal, South and South East is blocked due to Ebola risks. Ivory Coast has probably the best roads in West Africa. Ghana is a bribe/toll zone. Getting south to Namibia maybe hairy through the next batch of countries.