Visa: Got in Dakar, 30000 CFA, receipt said 15000 CFA. Same day, very easy.
Car: Insurance from Carte Brune. Wouldn't accept carnet, given Passe Vent 5000 CFA on weekdays, 15000 CFA at weekends??
Checkpoints/Borders: Very official border, no problems. Barely any checkpoints despite security situation, Stopped once in a week.
Diesel: 620 CFA / L
Cool Camp - Run by a charming dutchman overlander/banana farmer. Swimming n the crystal clear river, lovely spot 2000 pppn
Sleeping camel - Overlanding spot in Bamako, good bar, stayed in a room fro 22000 CFA.
They allow camping.
Visa: Got in Ziguinchor, Senegal. Possibly the easiest visa in the world. Bring one copy of passport and 20000CFA. Done in 10 minutes. We arrives at 10am.
Border: They did not stamp the carnet, saying we were tourists and they didn't need to. I would have preferred if they did as there were many police stops looking for our documentation from customs. I showed them the carnet anyway and as not one of them knew what it was, there were no problems. On leaving, several of the officials wanted 2000 CFA for stamping us out. There was a road tax of 5000 CFA which we were asked for many time.
Diesel: 650 CFA/L
Bissau: Almagui - Stayed in this hotel/restaurant/ run by a German man. Camped in the grounds, secure with use of toilet and shower. 5000 CFA 11.87832 -15.63910
Quilhemmel: Hotel de Mar Azul- Run by an italian couple , amazing grilled oysters. Parked within the hotel grounds with use of toilet and showers for pool. Only open Friday to Sunday. 5000 CFA 11.87268 -15.87585
Visa: None needed
Border: Stamped carnet no issues. No extra funds required at border
Insurance: Covered by carte brune
Other: Many, many police check points, looking at carnet, driving licence, insurance but never had to pay a bribe, despite probably 25 stops in one day!
Visa: No longer needed
Border: We crossed at Diamma. No extra funds required however they will not stamp your carnet at the border. They give you a pass for driving for 48 hours, and your carnet needs to be stamped in Dakar port. This is free and no hassle when you find the right office! On the way through to Dakar, we were stopped repeatedly for this to be checked and the fines, if caught after the 48 hours, are apparently steep! Location for Douane at the port is on Tracks for Africa,
Insurance: We bought insurance for every country in West Africa for two months for 70 Euro. There is a small shack behind the customs office where a very nice old man will give you this. It is a carte brune.
Diesel: 650 CFA/L
Saint Louis: Zebrabar - Well known overlanding spot with vaguely warm showers and nice Swiss owners. Set within a national park - relatively pricey as need to pay national park fees as well but a nice base with bar and restaurant.
Dakar: Hotel du Phare - Nice hotel 35000CFA for a large room with three beds and bathroom with hot water. Nice terrace up top - beware late night parties!
Lac Rose: Hotel la Calao - Good campsites, lots of mosquitos, lovely pool and bar, situated on the other side of the lake from big dunes. 9000 CFA 14.82987 -17.23179
Palmarin: Djidjak - Nice campsite run by French couple. Camping under big shady trees, walking distance to the beach with bar and restaurant with internet. 7000 CFA 14.02413 -16.76803
Ziguinchor: Camping Casamance - GPS W 16.248.50 N 12.570.75. Nice campsite in a run down town, good base for visas and going in Guinea Bissau. Cold showers. 7000 CFA
Tambaconda : Oasis - stayed in the car park for a hotel with use of shower and toilet for pool. Safe. 7500 CFA. 13.77423 -13.69258
Kedougou: Relais de Kedougou - Allowed to camp in the car park with use of toilets. No shower. 5000CFA. Excellent internet. 12.54968 -12.18420