. OnHiatus.com > Journal 1 > Day Index > Journal Entry: November 2, 1998

Monday, November 2, 1998
Niger River, East of Mopti to Timbuktu, Mali
Mali's Flag

Map
Timbuktu, Mali:
Latitude: 16° 46' 33" North
Longitude: 3° 0' 42" West
From Seattle: 7332 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hôtel Bouctou

Map
Today's Travel:
Country: Mali
Regions: Mopti, Tombouctou
Route: Compagnie Malienne de Navigation river boat to Kabara; Bush Taxi: Kabara - Timbuktu
Start: Niger River, East of Mopti
Stop 1. Kabara
End:Timbuktu, Mali
Linear:94 miles
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Boat man Niger River, West of Timbuktu, Mali

Pirogues lined up on shore Niger River, West of Timbuktu, Mali

Boat man silhouette Niger River, West of Timbuktu, Mali

Sunset Niger River, West of Timbuktu, Mali

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

Click on map to Zoom in...
Map
Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 571
Linear Dist: 82899
Countries Visited: 39
Regions Visited: 164
More stats...
Hotels: 171
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 43
Hostels: 142
Transit: 53
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2008
Hide...

Journal Entry:
Best nights sleep I've had since starting the Larium - more than seven hours! We were at port early this morning. Watched the hustle and bustle involved in loading the boat. Spent some time reading. Spent a lot of time siting on top of the boat watching the river life. After a particularly disappointing lunch (and none of the food has been outstanding) took a nap.

We docked in Kabara (Timbuktu's port) at dusk. Drove into Timbuktu in the dark. Found the cheaper hotel which is actually very nice, despite the guidebooks' warnings. Had a good dinner at a local restaurant with Rachel (Burkina PCV) and Steve. Wandered around town with the soft sand flowing over my feet. Not many people around, and those who are (at least the ones not pestering us) move (almost float) silently ghostlike through the darkness. So far Timbuktu doesn't look like much, but it does have a certain ambiance.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Mali
CIA World Fact Book: Mali

Paging: [⇚ Nov 1] | [Nov 3 ⇛] OnHiatus.com > Journal 1 > Day Index > Journal Entry: November 2, 1998