Region de Kayes Warnings and Dangers
gate of hotel Tieba
Red clouds of locusts
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Height of your car
If you stay somewhere in a city, it will be safe to park your car at night whithin the walls or fences of a guarded compound. So you can leave most of your luggage inside the car.So we found Hotel Tieba south of Kayes, where it was allowed to park our 4 WDs in the walled garden of the hotel.There was only one problem. Our cars were too high-loaded. With the Toyota we didn't have much problems, because it was only loaded with soft mattrasses, but the Mitsubishi had a heavy metal box for tools on its rooftop, which was fixed with nails at the car !
The unpaved road from the Senegalese border to Kayes was very dusty. It was the worst one of our trip from the Gambia to Mauritania ! The road and its rather heavy traffic caused a lot of dust, so at the end of the day in Kayes we came out of the car with totally red clothes, a red skin and red-coloured hairs.Even our noses and throats were full of red dust !
Red clouds of locusts
In 2004 when we visited West Africa, there was the worst invasion of locusts in more than a decade. The locusts, which can eat their own weight n food each day, invaded many of the countries we intended to visit during out transahara trip.The FAO warned that up to 50 percent of the cereal production might be lost after swarms of locusts devoured their way through the crops. Not only people in the area lost their food. Also the animals like camels, cows, sheep and goats were under threat. When we visited the area in November most of the swarms had moved to the north into the Sahara desert, far away from the crop growing areas in southern Mauritania, northern Senegal and Mali. Till we reached the Senegalese-Malinese border we didn't see any locust.At the Senegalese/Malinese border in Kidira and Diboli we saw the first swarms of locusts. From far they looked like reddish clouds high in the...
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