My sister will be traveling in Northern Mali by herself in September/October of this year.
She was hoping to go visit Timbuktu and stay for a few nights in the cliff side caves with the Dogon people.
She was also thinking of entering Mali from Burkina Faso near the Goa entrance.
My quick questions are: (1) what is the safety situation around Goa, Timbuktu, and the Bandiagara area? Do I need to accompany her? (2) she is traveling on very limited budget. Does anyone know of any cheap and reliable guides in the area of Bandiagara or Timbuktu?