The other-worldliness of the place is compounded by the fact that we are completely cut off from technology. No phone signal, or WiFi, and electricity is only available for a few hours in the evening.

The very name, Timbuktu, evokes a mystique that has existed for centuries. A name fired through the European psyche. Conjuring up an impenetrable exotic city in the middle of ‘nowhere’, harbouring vast treasures of gold and promising a daring sense of adventure.