Hello Kind Peoples of the Virtual Tourist Forum,
I begin my post grad teacher training in September 2011, meanwhile I'd like to realise my dream of living in Timbuktu. I would like to be as useful as possible and hopefully volunteer in a school or in an orphanage. I speak french fluently and a little arabic. I have a degree in english. I've lived in the middle east previously and am in my early 30's.
Is there anyone living in Timbuktu that would be willing to chat to me over email?
Some of my initial questions are:
Is it possible to rent somewhere to live for 6/8/9 months? How much would that be? How safe is it for a woman to live in Timbuktu on her own? How much does food cost (weekly or monthy budget)? Is it possible to get a pay as you go mobile phone? Are there any wifi hot spots (i.e. is it worth bringing a lap top)?
Of course i would like to do this as cheaply and naturally as possible....
Thanks for reading!
1 - I assume best time of year to visit is December-January as it would be coolest - right or wrong?
2 - Any alternative to flying to Bamako and doing the rest by road/river?
I'm flying into Bomako and I need to continue on to Timbuktu. I gather that Air Mali is the only carrier by which one can fly into the city.
Does anybody know how I can get in touch with Air Mali? or make arrangements on a flight?
I am going to Bamako in October 2004 (4 travelers) and the flight schedule from Bamako to Timbuktu is difficult for us to work around. Please advise if there is any alternate modes of transportation to get to/from Timbuktu from Bamako.