we arrived in Dogon from the Burkina Faso border, damn late due to lunching and stocking up. The road from Ouahigouya to Bankass had deteriorated quite a lot from our last trip, but the road from Bankass up the escarpment to Bandiagara has to be done, at sunset it is magnificent with super dramatic views over the plains and the dramatic rocks. We had long ago missed the sunset, but in the moonlight it was also amazing As we had been wild camping for 3 nights we were booked into the hotel kambary to clean up a bit. The next day we grabbed an english speaking guide from the hotel (Samba) and headed off to his village (Indelou) which he claimed was still very traditional - he didn't lie! From there we descended down the escarpment (road is NNE of Indelou) on a very dramatic and rugged track. We were then in dunes, so had a fantastic time driving about and got totally lost!! Picked up the right track and skirted the base of the escarpment, ascending teh same route up from the night before, but this time at sunset. The next day we had intended to move on but my girlfriend was struck with stomach problems so we moved into a campement down the road and the rest of us went to Mopti for the afternoon. The next day we headed off (no guide) to Sanga (not impressed, a bit tourist orientated) and descended again down the escarpment on another amazing rugged and dramatic track. We then camped at the base of the escarpment and had a super evening under amazing stars. Next day we stuck right to the base of the escarpment for direction Douentza. Last time I had done a similar route but through the plains (direction NNE). This time we stuck right on the base, and boy was it rough.... Super!! Eventually reached Douentza and camped in a spot on the Timbuctou road near the most amazing cliffs - had camped there before, so got an amazing welcome from the old farmer who remembered us (I had left my Defender with him last time while we did a sprint up to Timbuctou in a 'slightly' more reliable 80 series). From there we proceeded to Hombori, then back to Sevare area, and another couple of nights camping around Dogon area.
Fantastic way to spend Christmas/New Year.
Friend of mine who did a similar trip in my old Defender which I sold him put some pictures here:
and I put some pictures here: