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    by sachara Updated Apr 12, 2015

    During the last part of our walk to the granaries and the cave dwellings we had to take the some obstacles to reach our destination. The trunks of the trees and the last rocks to climb were easily to overcome.

    An then finally we got where we came for, the cave dwellings and the granaries of the 12th century. The setting of the granaries perched under the sandstone eroded wall is breathtaking. We were the only visitors, feeling like explorers walking in between the old and ancient structures, imaging how people lived here in the past.

    For me it was very worth the effort to make the climb with high temperature. Thanks to our guide Lateef.

    granaries perched under the sandstone eroded wall nice decorations shelter of the rocks granaries obstacles along the path easy to overcome
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    by sachara Updated Apr 12, 2015

    Of course we did not come to Niansogoni to climb only the escarpment, but to have a look at the cave dwellings and granaries like the ones I saw of the Tello in the Dogon in Mali. Niansogoni is only 5 km from the border with Mali, so it is obvious you can find the same culture. But first during this trip too Sindou I heard about it.

    After we have climbed the rim of 470m and enjoyed the stunning views we turned left to find and see the great granaries and cave dwellings of the 12th century.

    But first we discovered a hole in the rocks for grinding grains, proving that people lived allready for centuries at the top of the escarpment. And Lateef our guide took a horn from a rock before we entered the area with the dwellings. He showed us how the former inhabitants warned the others in case there is danger, for example approaching ennemies. First since 1980 these dwellings ar not inhabited anymore.

    Our guide Lateef showed us how blow the horn the horn just lay on a rock along the route hole in the rocks for grinding grain view at a higher rim of the escarpment after a easy flat walk we saw the first dwellings
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    by sachara Updated Apr 12, 2015

    From Sindou we visited the escarpment of Niansogoni with Dogon like granaries at the cliffs. After I visited the Dogon in Mali twice, I was very surprised to hear about the same type of cave dwellings and granaries in BUrkina Faso like in Mali.

    When you approach Niansogoni you can see from far the escarpment at the right hand side with the mount TenaKourou of 747 m as the highest point.

    We parked the car in the campement of Niansogoni. From here we followed the path in the direction of the escarpment. Only the first part is partly shady by the huge mango trees and cashewnut trees.

    After a short walk we climbed the rocks. It is not very difficult, but you need good shoes. And visit the escarpment later in the afternoon because of the heat. The stunning setting is worth the climb to the rim at 470m. The views at the surrounding landscape are great.

    view at the escarpment from the campement cashewnut trees along the route easy half shady path to the foot of the escarpment the way we climbed up far views from the top
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