ITMB has combined Mauritania with Mali in this edition.
Terrain mapping, index of cities and detailed legend with gas stations, information on accommodation and hospitals, International Boundaries, District Boundaries, Primary Paved Road, Secondary Roads, Tracks, City, International Airport, Post Office, Gasoline/Petrol, Hospital, Hotel, Museum, Campsites or Huts, Boder Crossing, Bus, Cave, Beach, Hiking/Trecking, Ferry, Waterfall, Stadium, etc.
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 when I was there (see cover photo), 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.