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PHILinFRANCE 11-30-2012 12:17 PM

France to Gambia
Hi all
Started planning my trip from France to Gambia in 2014 ........ok it's a while off but the wife says i've got to finnish the house first

So , i'm after as much info as poss please

Plan is

France / Spain / Portugal / Morocco / Western Sahara / Mauritainia / Senagal / Gambia and back

Cheers Phil

RaiderRed 01-29-2013 02:13 PM

I have been in Dakar for the past six months. If you have any Senegal specific questions I can certainly try and answer them. Traffic is *fun* in the city........once out of Dakar it isn't too terrible. If you are here during the rainy season then there is a good chance some roads may be impassable. Feel free to hit me up anytime!

Bodwick 01-30-2013 08:32 AM

Hi Raider,

I've travelled many times from Gambia across Senegal and into Mauritania for the Dakar Rallye. I also own a bar in Gambia up at Janjangbureh/Georgetown should you be going that far I'll pass you details and buy you a drink on arrival.

I can advise you to cross into Senegal from Mauritania not at Rosso but at Diama. Doing this will save you untold hassle.

Mauritania, I wouldn't travel inland towards Atar or Kiffa. It's just not safe. Nouakchott is a dust bowl but has hotels and food. Did I mention the food in Mauri is terrible!

Dakar is a laugh and not to be missed.

Gambia is small and easy going.

Watch your speed through any village area.

Have fun...


PHILinFRANCE 02-01-2013 10:53 AM

Cheers guys
What with the latest news in Mali my riding buddy is showing a little concern :deal he reads to much :deal myself i like a little uncertainty , also looking to push on to Guinea Bissua and Guinea.
Whats the name of your bar Bodwik ? , love to catch up in person and down a few cold ones


RaiderRed 02-03-2013 02:25 PM

I'll have to take you up on a visit to your bar. I'm hoping to head south and visit the Gambia in the near future!

I have spent several weeks in Bissau and am down there every quarter or so. I love the town and would suggest checking it out. The hotel Azalai is nice a
(actually an old officer's barracks made into a great hotel) and the bike would be safe. The hotel Coimbra is very nice and downtown right next to the port and the restaurants......but it would be street parking for your moto.

PHILinFRANCE 02-04-2013 01:18 AM

Cheers RR:freaky, still a year off but will keep in touch , look forward to meeting in person

shearboy2004 02-10-2013 12:12 AM

Phil are you taking the DR?

PHILinFRANCE 02-10-2013 02:43 PM

Hi Shearboy
I really wanted to take her , but bought this, a XTZ 660 TENERE

But to be honest my 17 yearold DR feels a better bike !!!! granted i've not settled into the Yam yet , i've got a good year to make the final decision !!!


shan 02-20-2013 12:54 PM


Originally Posted by PHILinFRANCE (Post 20694654)
But to be honest my 17 yearold DR feels a better bike !!!! granted i've not settled into the Yam yet , i've got a good year to make the final decision !!!


That's will never happen if you do not stop work and get out
more on it :rofl

Looks to new !!

how you doing dad :1drink

Fufo 02-25-2013 03:31 AM

West Africa ride
Hey Phil,

the trip will be fun and not hard, now you have phone coverage and Gas station at least every 250 km, and then you can find fuel, food and water! I just did it not from Gambia but from Sierra Leone.:1drink

Juest an advice, prepare a lot of fiches fo Wester Sahara and Marocco, with your name, your data, were do you go and were do you come and the passport number and moto least you will need 20 of them! if not you will have to fill it on a piece of paper!

PHILinFRANCE 02-25-2013 11:24 AM

Hi and thank Fufo
Can, t get the vid working though

Todd34 03-03-2013 01:59 AM


Originally Posted by PHILinFRANCE (Post 20807305)
Can, t get the vid working though

Same here; no video.

Fufo 03-10-2013 06:41 PM

MMM, it looks like for some copyright issues the video cannot be seen in some countries...:huh

I've updated the link and the permission hope by clikking there it will work? It should work tho!

PHILinFRANCE 03-11-2013 12:58 AM

Yep got this time :clap great vid and love the fact that you did the trip on a little Chineese bike :freaky
Love the refueling in the wind :rofl

Did you bother with any carnets ? reason i ask is there's a few different views on this , some do, some don't and just sort it at the boarders !!!

Still in two minds wheather to go on the New Tenere or stick with my trusty 1996 DR650

Cheers Phil

Fufo 03-13-2013 05:50 AM

WOW, both bike are great, you should stick to the DR!

I'm glad you liked the video, yes refueling on the desert with the wind...was something I didn't think about it!

I had no carnet and no international driving license, only the insurance, the lifecard of the moto and my national driving licence (Italian). In Morocco they were surprise it was handwritten (the life card was made in Sierra Leone) and in Mauritania they just write on my passport, otherwise I had no problems at the borders.

Enjoy your ride!

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