Road to Bamako

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November 29th 2015
Published: December 6th 2015
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29/11/15 a drive day through the north of Guinea experiencing not only a definitive change in landscape but climate too, a dryer heat which lends to dusty dirt lifting the orange dust everywhere, it's quite invasive. During the day we travel through a small quite poor looking town district known as kemetae in which from its fort held resistance against the French 7 years after their acquisition of Guinea began. A dryer part of the country with open grassland and Savannah like bush for most with a visible upgrade in agriculture, by that I mean segregated areas for actual cropping and more livestock. We cover 260K and bush camp @ 17:00 road side in what looked to have been an area to muster to / load cows onto transit judging on all the pads. 30/11/15 we travel via KanKan, also over and alongside the Niger River making good progress and camping within 40K of the Mali Border. 01/12/15 we get through the Mali Border fairly smoothly and make great progress to reach Bamako by 12 noon, after which we head to the Ivorian embassy, after some background politics using owa' contacts such as MPs and tourist board officials to contact the embassy before our arrival, the heat pays off and we stroll out with our vote d'Ivoire stamps in less than 2 hours (60000 CFA) that afternoon. Following that we take a casual boat trip along the Niger River for sunset, that evening 8 of us head out again with our host phill to a gig to see a well known local musician and his band who it made a superb end to the day

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