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First, your picture shows the Great Mosque of Djenne, which is not in Timbuktu but in the city of Djenne, also in Mali but a good 500 km away. At any rate, pretty much the only sensible route for access to Timbuktu is to fly from Vancouver to Paris (seasonal direct flights on Air Transat, otherwise you'll need to transit in Toronto/Montreal), from there to ...


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At a basic level, you would either travel down the coast of Western Sahara and then cut in through Mauritania, do the same but through Senegal instead of Mauritania, or catch a ferry from Morocco to Spain, back to Algeria and then come down from the north (somewhat of a crazy detour) However the travel advisories indicate that the areas to avoid are north ...


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Mali has refused to acknowledge the Azawadi Declaration of Independence and so the visa that you get (as per Mali rules) will entitle you to visit Timbuktu (so you can get the visa from Mali Consulate). However, the real trouble will be getting inside Timbuktu on that visa as it is now a part of Azawadi and the local authority might deny you entry as they no ...


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Updates now state that the MLNA has given up on the Azawadian independence: Whatever happened to Azawad? Wikipedia entry on Azawad After renewed fighting has pushed much of the MLNA into other battles, as well as the African Union refusing to accept it, it would appear that it's a lost cause, and is viewed on Wikipedia as a 'former' rogue state. This ...



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