"Dogon Country Adventure" Bandiagara by atufft

Bandiagara Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 122 photos

Bandiagara Escarpment

While Bandiagara is a flat town of relatively little interest, beyond it lay the escarpment where the Dogon people live. The escarpement paths wind over barren rock and through canyon like passages reminiscent of the canyon lands of Utah. Along these often stepped paths, women convey stacks of calabashes full of milk on their heads as they head to market. Despite the steps, the average person can hike this two or so mile stretch without great difficulty, assuming the weather is not hot. We were lucky and had a rather pleasant day. See the advice sections on transportation...

Tellum versus Dogon architecture

The Tellum were pigmy sized people pushed south by the Dogon perhaps a thousand years ago. The remains of these early people are found in their cliff dwelling architecture. Below these ruins, the Dogon live in their distinctive villages today.

The Dogon People are Spiritualists

The artwork of the Dogon is famous the world over for it's fanciful spirtual design. Mostly wood carvings of one sort or another, the Dogon door or mask is certainly not the only souvenir to buy along the way. But, chose carefully, as the souvenirs must be carried out and back to Bandiagara.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Marvelous landscape for a remote spiritual people
  • Cons:guides can leave you stranded by demanding money
  • In a nutshell:Prepare yourself carefully for an adventure of a lifetime
  • Last visit to Bandiagara: Jul 2004
  • Intro Written Dec 22, 2005
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  • leonik's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    somehow i keep finding myself returning to your awesome west african pages... really really hope to do this trek someday... a reasonable amount of fitness required no? when's a good time to do the trek? jan/feb?


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