Local transport in West Africa. A Nigerienne truck-bus runs the desert route north between Niamey (Niger) and Gao (450km- Mali)- above. Below, a pinasse, a cargo canoe which transports a mix of goods and passengers, loads up in the northern Malian port of Tonka, on the Niger River.
My 4-week trip across West Africa took me from Niamey, across Mali, Senegal, Mauritania and Western Sahara/Morocco, to the port of Tangiers where I caught a ferry for Andalucia in southern Spain. The truck-bus above launched my journey and spent 24 hours transporting me to Gao. I spent 4 days on pinasses on the Niger River travelling between Tomboctou and Mopti (Mali). If you look closely you can see my backpack on the roof of this one... :o)