The publisher has combined the previously separate maps of Mauritania with Mali in this single publication. Although both are interesting countries, the two fit naturally together as a unit, albeit at slightly differing scales.
The western portion of the wind-swept Sahara is largely occupied by nomadic tribesmen in the north and pastoral peoples in the south. It is an interesting and photogenic country, popular with Europeans.
Mauritania now boasts a paved road to the southern border of Morocco, and a good road all the way along the coast to Rosso, where a ferry can take one across to Senegal. Mali adjoins Mauritania, both being formerly part of French West Africa. The capital, Bamako, is an interesting town with quite a bit of colonial architecture still in place. East of there is Djenne, a ‘forbidden’ city for infidels, but a fascinating mud-brick city. Further east again is Mopti, a river port where camel caravans off-load tablets of salt mined still far in the Sahara for transport by boat to Dakar. Further east again is Timbuktu (or Tombouctou as it is now spelled), at one time the most exotic isolated destination known to mankind. Further south is the Bandiagara escarpment, a must-see living area for locals who have created a living space from the sheer walls of the cliff. Both countries are fascinating places to visit.
The map shows both permanent and intermittent streams and creeks, as wells as dry lakes or salt flats, and desert areas are indicated. Also shown are numerous wells, many with names.
Inset street maps of Bamako, Tombouctou and Nouakchott are provided.
|Publisher||ITMB Publishing Ltd|
|Series||ITMB Travel Maps|
|Product Type||Folded Map|
|Scale||Scale 1 : 2 000 000|
|Dimensions||250 x 110 mm|
|Item weight||0.07 Kg|
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