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Road-Condition Westafrika - from Germany via Spain, Marokko, Mauretanien, Senegal, Mali, B-Faso to Cote de ivoire

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Road-Condition Westafrika - from Germany via Spain, Marokko, Mauretanien, Senegal, Mali, B-Faso to Cote de ivoire

I am planning to go this way (one way) in August or September 2018. Who can tell me about the road-Condition specially from Mauretania to Burkina Faso? Who knows actual information about the border-conditions between Mauretania and Senegal?

Are the roads all along paved?

I would be very pleasant about good information that helps me planning, thank you.

Is anybody else on this trip in this time?

Best regards,

Olaf

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I cycled this way last winter

I cycled this way last winter. The main north-south road in Western Sahara and Mauritania is fully paved. That means that if you want, you can stay on asphalt from Spain until at least Senegal. In Morocco some of the nicest touring routes are unpaved, however.

It is strongly advised that tourers cross from Mauritania into Senegal at the Diama border crossing, which has fewer scams and annoyances than the main border crossing at Rosso. To reach the Diama border crossing, you must cycle some 35 km of unpaved road. I did not find this part a problem with my 2.00" tires. On the Senegal side of the border, the road is paved.

Senegal has paved almost all of its national roads in recent years. I recommend buying the Bradt travel guide to Senegal, it is very detailed and useful.

Stay at the campground Zebrabar south of Saint-Louis for your first night in Senegal. The owners (Swiss Germans) know a lot about Senegal and Africa in general.

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