Camels from Timbuktu to Essakane

A slow lazy 6 day camel trek with Tuareg friends, West from Timbuktu, Mali to the incredible annual music festival in the desert at Essakane.


The river to Timbuktu

January 2006...
There's now a new 'road' through the desert, North off the tarmac on sandy tracks from Douentza to get to Timbuktu, finishing in a ferry to cross the wide Niger river.

Travelling with Baaba, good friend and driver from Timbuktu, many memories of our adventures together a few years ago in the surreal remote Niger desert North of Agadez were shared again early in January this year during our 4x4 journey around Burkina Faso - or on the frequent puncture repair stops while continuing into Mali.

But, is our Tuareg driver, Baaba really a Bozo fisherman at heart?!

Strange the quiet of the luminous waters, reflected into a luminous sky, after hours of grinding through all the corrugated sand tracks and acacia thorn trees.


At 7:07 PM, Blogger Christopher King said...

What you are doing is amazing. I would like to chat with you.


Keep up the good work!

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Thanks, Christopher! Sorry it's slow adding to the blog.., more added bit by bit..-> watch this space! :-)

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Drew Campolina said...

Keep up the good work, you are providing a great resource! Regards,
Drew Campolina

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Paul said...

OK, it's a bit slow adding to it this week, but I'll keep going until I finish!

At 4:06 AM, Blogger MarcoPolo siglo21 said...

Your blog has been quite useful as we are doing a trip to Mali next November. Hope I can manage to do the shesh correctly!
Please, keep us posted with news from Tombouctou and Gao.

At 3:14 AM, Blogger violetgirl said...

What a fascinating life you have. I'm completely envious. Wonderful blog and the pictures are just stunning. :)

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Thanks Violet Girl !

I'll be back in Timbuktu in July(the 4th time since last November). Our Living Cultural Storybases non-profit org, trying to help revive traditional cultures, is putting on a multimedia exhibition around Tamacheq stories that the Tuareg team have collected in Timbuktu and the desert surrounding.

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Camel Blue said...

What you are doing is amazing. I would like to chat with you. You have a fascinating life. I'm completely envious.


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