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The Travel Journal of Jacqui and Lars


Mali/Burkina Faso - 19 November, 2000



Location Latitude Longitude Elevation

Travel Distance

Start Bush campsite (off the road near Tomini) N1320.776' W00437.882' 295 m  
Mali - Burkina Faso border
Finish Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso (Casa Africa Hotel) N1110.176' W00418.705' 332 m 330 km


10,458 km


Weather: Clear, sunny and very hot.  Cool in the evening and night.



Daily Journal Entry:

Today we hope to cross the border into Burkina Faso.  We break camp and are off just before 8 AM.  We stop in San about half an hour later for the cook group to do its shopping.  We wander around the market, but do not find much of interest to us to buy, other then the usual sights, sounds and smells.  We head off an hour later.


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We arrive at the Mali side of the border at noon and quite quickly get through the formalities in less than half an hour.  We then drive towards Burkina Faso, but before arriving at their border, we stop for lunch at 12:30 PM.  We find a very pleasant spot by a water hole and set up the cook gear in the shade of a couple of trees.


About an hour later we carry on towards the border, arriving shortly.  Here the formalities are also quite straight forward. Between immigration, road tax and customs (including getting the truck in), it all takes less than 45 minutes.  It is interesting to note that the border officials had a good laugh when they asked where was Malta and they were told it was a small island - they let Joseph in.


We arrived at Bobo-Dioulasso at 4:30 PM, where we will be putting up at Casa Africa for the next two nights.  Bobo is the second largest city in Burkina Faso and means "Home of the Bobo Dioulas", one of the major tribes.  We splurge and take a room with a fan for the night.  Before dinner we work on our journals and after dinner we have a few beers and relax.











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