Clambering Down Cliffs at the Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali
From the roadside turnout, you marvel at the Bandiagara Escarpment, the 125-mile long sandstone cliffs that the Dogon people call home. You’re off to Ende village before the sun’s rays begin to sear. Clambering over the rocks, you pass by the ancient ruins of Tellem villages nestled into the cliffs. Descending into Ende, you hear women pounding millet, meet weavers making cotton cloth on primitive foot looms, and artists painting ancient designs with mud onto hand-woven fabric. You’re welcomed by villagers at the tourist campement with a dish of millet seeped in Baobab leaf sauce. Tourism to this remote UNESCO World Heritage site supplements the Dogons’ income from onions, their sole cash crop, and organizations such as the Joliba Trust help the Dogons sustain their livelihoods.