Kayes Travel Guide

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The city of Kayes is well worth a visit if your travels happen to take you through this region.  It still bears the images of the French colonization in the layout of the city and the central downtown architecture.

There are a numberof Hotels available including the Hotel du Rail across from the train station. Taxi's are readily available at the train station and can wisk you downtown in a few minutes. There are a number of restaurants and patisseries that now dot the landscape.  But try and find a local "rotisseur" (barbeque) of the local meat delicacies. You will be very impressed.

There is now a road that links Kayes to Dakar, Senegal. So transportation is fairly regular. Excursions to the gold fields south of Kayes can be arranged in town. Be aware that temperature can reach the extremes. In the month on May I witnessed the surpassing of 140 degrees F at the local meterological station. Most of the time the temperatures hover between 80 and 100.

Hydration is imperitive. Anti-malarial meds are necessary, and stay out of the rivers and fresh water ponds, bilharzia is prevelant. But have fun in Kayes it is truly a great place to visit and the folks are warm.

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May 18, 2006 change by giorgio

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