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Mali : Mopti

6.5 km (4.0 miles) SE of Tabi, Mopti, Mali
Approx. altitude: 270 m (885 ft)
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Antipode: 15°S 178°E

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Oued view to the North #3: Oued view to the East #4: Oued view to the South #5: Zero without leaving the car #6: Parking at the Confluence #7: Hombori Mountains along the confluence track #8: Over a sandy pass we followed donkey cart tracks #9: Hombori Mountains village along the confluence track

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#1: Hombori Mountains view to the West

(visited by Sabine F and Bernd S)

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12-Nov-2008 -- Ausflug in die Hombori-Berge

Transafrika in Etappen: Diese Reise führte uns hauptsächlich durch Mali und dann zurück zu unserem Parkplatz Sukuta Camping Gambia.

Nach Burkina Faso und dem Konfluenzbesuch 14N 3W ging es weiter entlang der Falaise de Bandiagara durch das Dogonland. Ein kleiner Umweg über Mopti und ein Zwischenstopp in einer Federwerkstatt später weiter zur nächsten Konfluenz.

Eine wunderschöne Anfahrt durch die Hombori-Berge. Zirka 35 Kilometer vor Hombori auf schneller Sabkhapiste nach Süden. Ein kleiner sandiger Pass mit Grasbewuchs und Eselskarrengegenverkehr führt in ein breites Oued mit kleinen Dörfern. Nullen ohne Aussteigen!

Die Rückfahrt ging durch kleine pittoreske Dörfer mit Lehmarchitektur direkt zum Kletterparadies "Die Hand Fatimas".

Fortsetzung bei 16N 1W.

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12-Nov-2008 -- Hombori Mountain tour

Africa Overland in stages. This trip lead us mainly through Mali heading back to our car park at Sukuta Camping in Gambia.

Coming from Burkina and 14N 3W we drove along the Falaise de Bandiagara and visited Dogon Country. After a small detour to Mopti where we had to fix some springs, we where ready for a further confluence point.

We left the road about 35 km west of Hombori heading straight south for the next 15 km. First on fast tracks through a dry sabkha (flat plane, high in salt) in front of the great picturesque Hombori Mountain scenery. After a sandy pass we followed donkey cart tracks in a oued (dry river bed), passing a little village, and managed a first time zero digit approach with the car. But had to leave the Toyo at least for the pictures ;-).

Instead of driving straight back to the tarmac, we decided to continue directly to "Fatima's Hand", and drove about 35 km northeast through very picturesque scenery and beautiful little clay architecture villages.

Continued at 16N 1W.

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 All pictures
#1: Hombori Mountains view to the West
#2: Oued view to the North
#3: Oued view to the East
#4: Oued view to the South
#5: Zero without leaving the car
#6: Parking at the Confluence
#7: Hombori Mountains along the confluence track
#8: Over a sandy pass we followed donkey cart tracks
#9: Hombori Mountains village along the confluence track
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