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Timbuktu Warnings and Dangers: 4 reviews and 8 photos
As you walk around Timbuktu many young guys will come to you and offer to be your guides. Many of them are just children that don't like school much ("I am on holidays" they say).
They might pay a good service if you just want someone to take you here or there, tell you where a restaurant is and so on.
BUT if you want a real authorized guide, they must have a permit. Ask them to show it if you wanna be sure.
I took a rather "amateur" one (5 euros for a morning) and suddenly a police came and took us (both) to the police headquarters, as he didn't have his permit ("I have it at home" he said)- I had nothing to fear, it was even an interesting visit to the police, but you are warned just in case...
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