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Cliff of Bandiagara

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Travel Guide Africa Mali Cliff of Bandiagara

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Introduction

The Bandiagara Escarpment is an escarpment in the Dogon country of Mali. The sandstone cliff rises about 500 metres above the lower sandy flats to the south. It has a length of approximately 150 kilometres.

The area of the escarpment is inhabited today by the Dogon people. Before the Dogon, the escarpment was inhabited by the Tellem and Toloy peoples. Many structures remain from the Tellem. The Bandiagara Escarpment was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1989.

The Cliffs of Bandiagara are a sandstone chain ranging from south to northeast over 200 kilometres and extending to the Grandamia massif. The end of the massif is marked by the Hombori Tondo, Mali's highest peak at 1,115 metres. Because of its archaeological, ethnological and geological characteristics, the entire site is one of the most imposing in West Africa.

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