I've updated the Google Map that tracks my overland journey through Africa. I'm now in Mali, waiting for visas to materialize, en route to Timbuktu; after that, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, maybe Gabon, little Congo, big Congo, and then I don't know.
Angola, frankly, is starting to seem like a colossal pain in the butt. I'm starting to wonder: What, exactly, is the point of Angola anyway?
Here at the Sleeping Camel in Bamako, an Austrian couple is passing through on their way to Cape Town. They have no idea how they're going to make it through Angola, and they have a massive Land Rover and I don't. They may have to ship it to South Africa if they don't get an Angola visa.
The owners of this hostel, Bill and Claire, are overland travel experts, and they've never heard of anybody gettin
g further than Libreville, Gabon, using public transportation. I haven't left the ground or water since Madrid and don't plan to do so until at least Kinshasa.
Bill and Claire tipped me off that the often
troublesome Nigerian visa is best applied for here in Bamako. That gargantuan fee has been paid (75,000 CFA, or over $150) and it looks like I'll be picking that up tomorrow.
Here's the map:
View Wandering Savage, Tunis to Cape Town in a larger map
NEW PHOTO ALBUM:
The album, top right, is all about Morocco, mainly Marrakech.