The main road from the Senegalese border to Kayes is 105 KM. It is an unpaved road of red earth. This main road is part of the route from Dakar to Bamako. Many overlanders, who travel from Europe to Capetown , take this route.
There was more traffic here than we encountered at any other route during our trip. Comparing with Europe you can't say the traffic was that much, but enough to colour our bodies and the inside of the car red of the dust, caused by all the dust clouds the vehicles produced. And it didn't matter we closed the windows.
Fondest memory: The landscape we passed was very scenic with all the baobab trees. I never did see so many baobabs anywhere in Africa, not during all my trips in the African continent.
From Kayes we decided to take the track straight to the north in the direction of Kiffa in Mauritania. Concerning the map we should pass Aourou in Mali and Kankossa in Mauritania for the border formalities.
It was a picturesque track, passing a wonderful landscape with many baobab trees, dry riverbeds and lovely Malinese villages like Djeribou and Karakora. In the villages the friendly people showed us the next track in the direction of Kankossa and Kiffa. But at the end the tracks we took leaded too much to the west. After people showed us a crossing point in a river, we arrived in Ouid Yenjé.
At the police post in the village they said '' Welcome, you are in Mauritania, this is Ouid Yenjé''. Leaving Mali, we didn't see any Malinese police post or bordertown at all. After the Mauritanian stamps and formalities, we took the next track in the direction of Kankossa and Kiffa.
We travelled from Senegal to Mali overland, taking the road from Tambacounda to Kayes. This is also the road when you travel from Dakar to Bamako.
In Kidira, the Senegalese bordertown, you have first to get a stamp at the policepost, before you can cross the borderriver. This police post is not at the border, but somewhere else in town. There are people around who can show you the way.
You don't need a visa for Mali in advance, but can buy it at the border. That means you get a stamp in your passport and have to register within 48 hours in Bamako, the capital. First we had to pay 100 euro for each stamp. Finally we paid 25 euro. First they needed a ID-picture of all of us. When they ran out of forms, they gave some of the pictures back.
All together all the formalities at the Senegalese and Malinese side of the border took us almost 4 hours.