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“Incredible scenery, people and culture”

Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Mopti
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Owner description: The 150-kilometer-long sandstone escarpment has served as home to the Dogon people, believed to be one of the oldest surviving African cultures.
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“Incredible scenery, people and culture”
Reviewed 25 January 2012

It is hard to describe te villages in Dogon coutry. They are some of the most beautiful exotic and amazing places that I visited ( have traveled to over 65 countries)

Visited January 2012
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“The Africa from an anthropology textbook-- not to be missed, but not for the faint of heart”
Reviewed 23 January 2012

My husband and I toured Mali for a week after going to the Festival au Desert in Jan 2012. The highlight of the trip was Dogon Country. It is not far from Mopti but the roads are terrible, so be prepared and make sure you go in a 4 wheel drive. The accommodations all around are extremely rustic, but that makes the experience somehow even more authentic. The villages in this region are almost entirely animist, and the cultural beliefs steeped in a tradition that is almost too fantastical to believe. We visited a village where ritual circumcisions are carried out, and another where we met the spiritual elder who never bathes and is allegedly washed at night by an invisible snake. The carvings on the doors are fantastic. There are many parts of the villages that are forbidden for non-animists, so be careful not to go to these places or even touch places that your guide does not touch, or you may be forced to pay for an animal that is sacrificed to keep the peace. I know that all this sounds a bit far-fetched, but my husband and I are both scientists, and know other scientists who have been here who assure us it is the real deal. The only sad thing is that these villages still regularly practice female genital mutilation. There are efforts to end this terrible practice. If you go to Dogon, be sure to pay the extra money for a mask dance in one of the villages. It is really very wonderful and all the profits typically go to support the very poor local schools. We went through Saga Tours, and were very happy with them.

Visited January 2012
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Columbus Ohio
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“So well worth the time. Do the four days of trekking:-)”
Reviewed 22 December 2011

We totally loved trekking in Dogon Country. The Bandigara escarpment was a bit of a challenge but we made it. We then trekked to Nombori where we slept on the village rooftops. In Nombori the women danced for us (paid about $20.00 to help build their new well) and pulled us up in to the dance. It was amazing.

It was so hot so I trekked in flip flops and they worked:-) We trekked twice a day for three days then trekked back out of the escarpment. We loved Tireli, sleeping again on the rooftops. Seeing the Masked Dancers is a must especially since you have come all of the way to Mali, why miss it.

What i loved most were the children. They would come running and walk miles with us, holding on to our hands. This happened as we left each village.

We stayed a total of three nights on the rooftops and yes, one can take a shower or you are provided with a bucket of water to wash up. The people of the villages were amazing. This part really "made" our 16 day journey in Mali. Dogon Country is a must see.

Visited November 2011
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“Amazing place - just go there and you will understand”
Reviewed 6 November 2011

I will not tell much about this amazing place - other people have already explained a lot about it (see previous reviews). I just decided to add more photos.

Visited August 2011
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“You won't see this often.”
Reviewed 30 April 2011

We visited the Dogon country as part of a Lindblad/National Geographic tour. It is not easy to get to. We had to take vans from our Mopti hotel to a much more rustic hotel, then get into four-wheel- drive vehicles for an hour-long drive on roads that were often extremely bumpy. Luckily our driver had years of experience!
The highlight of our visit was a forty-minute show put on by the people of one town we stopped at. Seats were provided for us. Every participant wore a mask and a bright, pink costume; two performed in stilts, with the famous cliffs as background, to the beat of drums. Approximately thirty or forty residents of the village danced enthusiastically although temperature was over a hundred degrees and we saw them dripping with sweat. Afterwards, we were invited to circulate among the dancers, to listen to detailed explanations of what each one represented. All of us were dazzled, as we had never seen anything like this in its actual setting. No one could stop taking photos.
Other sights in the Dogon country, of course, include the cliffs, impressive with their built-in dwellings!

Visited April 2011
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