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Mali Visa Requirements to Visit the Cliff of Bandiagara

January 2nd, 2011
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is a stunning, enormous escarpment in Mali. The Cliff of Bandiagara is the sanctuary of the Dogon tribe. Visiting this region, you can see their unique earth buildings and learn about their culture firsthand. The UNESCO website explains: "The Bandiagara site is an outstanding landscape of cliffs and sandy plateaux with some beautiful architecture (houses, granaries, altars, sanctuaries and Togu Na, or communal meeting-places). Several age-old social traditions live on in the region (masks, feasts, rituals, and ceremonies involving ancestor worship)." The Dogon people have an interesting history and many secretive traditions that are not supposed to be shared with outsiders. One of the problems with tourism, though, is that it can cheapen


Mali Visa Requirements to Visit Timbuktu

September 17th, 2010
Like most American children, I grew up hearing the word "Timbuktu" used as shorthand to describe somewhere very exotic and very far away. I had no idea it was a real place until I got older and started studying geography-it might as well have been located in Never-Never Land. Timbuktu is real, and it's actually located in Africa, in the country of Mali. This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, Timbuktu was once one of Africa's most important centers of trade and learning. Founded by a group of nomads sometime in the 10th century, Timbuktu was originally a place for them to camp with their cattle during the dry season. Over the centuries, it grew, and since it was located near the Niger River and the crossroads of trans-Saharan trade routes for gold, ivory, salt and slaves, it e


Mali Visa Requirements for Hiking in Dogon Country

March 19th, 2010
The Dogon are an African ethnic group that live in the central plateau region of Mali. Isolated, they have retained a fairly traditional lifestyle. The Dogon are known for their unique architecture, their sculptures and carved wooden masks, and their mythology. Now, according to the New York Times, the area they live in is becoming  a more popular destination for tourists looking for a unique travel experience. With the help of a local guide, you can hike between different Dogon villages, and even to the caves where they bury their dead. However, there are a few important things that you need to be aware of before you go.  First, expect primitive accommodations, and come prepared. Second, make sure you get a knowledgeable, reputable guide! The writer for the New York Times had an e


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