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Gao : Michelin's recommendations


Gao is the last port of call on the Niger before the ocean and the former Songhai capital. It is constantly invaded by the desert, and its sandy streets and mudbrick architecture hold an undeniable charm. Wonderfully lively market. A few kilometres outside the city lies the magnificent Koima Dune! Some areas are potentially risky.

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Tourist attractions Gao : Things to see and do

  • Tomb of Askia Interesting

    Bd des Askia. Quartier de Gaweye RMM - Gao

    Made up of a 17m-high pyramid-shaped tomb and a mosque, the Tomb of Askia, named after the founder of the third Songhai dynasty, was built in 1495. A fine building bristling with twisted pieces of wood bearing witness to past splendour. Superb view f..

  • Koima Dune

    RMM - Gao

    Legend has it that sorcerers and soothsayers still gather on Koima Hondo. This pink dune makes for an enchanting vision at sunset, the first in a series stretching along the Niger as far as Timbuktu. From its summit, two immense views are juxtaposed:..

  • Musée du Sahel, Gao

    Quartier Sosso Koira RMM - Gao

    The Museum of the Sahel is a little ethnographic museum dedicated to Songhai culture, which remains relatively unknown. Everyday objects found at local archaeological sites, reconstructed settlements, musical instruments, pearl jewellery... Informati..

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