Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons) – Mali

The Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons) is located in a remote part of Mali, 80 km east of Mopti approximately. The Bandiagara area occupy a large expanse that includes 289 villages. This place is inhabited by the Dogon people, who arrived and occupied the site in the15th century. Before the Dogon, the escarpment was occupied by the Tellem and Toloy peoples. This settlement at the escarpment provided strategic advantages for Dogon people: located high above the plains and with loose rocks that made it hard to get to the top of the plateau, Dogon villages were well positioned in case of attack and caves within the cliffs provided them additional shelter. The Cliff of Bandiagara was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989: ecotourism is promoted, while the settlement is guarded against alterations.



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