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Where to See Live Music in Bamako

Live music in Bamako, Mali

Bamako has a storied and deserved reputation as a regional capital for live music. It's always possible to catch a show, even on the quieter nights of the week. But if you're new in town, or just passing through, you might have no idea where to begin. This is a map that will be constantly [...]

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Pendjari Game Reserve, Benin

Tucked away in the far northwest corner of Benin is West Africa's best game reserve. One of the premiere locations in West Africa for bird watching, Pendjari National Park is also home to elephants, West African lions, antelopes, baboons, warthogs, hippopotamus, crocodiles and buffalo, among other animals. The park can be reached by road, either [...]

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how to avoid being a tourist in West Africa

Many people come to West Africa on a tour. Nothing wrong with that. Some tours are well run and offer something authentic and memorable. Whether you're on a tour or not, you can find ways to figure how a place works in an unscripted setting. In other words, you can find ways to avoid being [...]

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