Time warp ... outside Timbuktu.

The twist to Timbuktu

For Lee Atkinson, the legend of the fabled city lies in getting there — by boat, car, camel, cart and four days on foot.

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Fabled city of Timbuktu bent on wooing tourists

The fabled desert city of Timbuktu has long fired the imagination of travellers but an outbreak of fierce fighting in the region has sparked concern that tourists may snub this African treasure.

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Village people ... a Dogon mask dancer.

Planet of the Dogon

Trekking in an isolated corner of Mali, Lee Atkinson discovers a countryside and culture that's out of this world.

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