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Gobnangou escarpment - A view from our expert author


These stunning cliffs are an excellent visit for any keen climbers or birdwatchers.

The Gobnangou massif (Falaise de Gobnangou) extends from the Arly Reserve to Niger, looming over the plains of Gourmanche country in great fissured cliffs and descending slowly to a low rise further east. The cliffs shelter vulture colonies and are good for other raptors (including fox kestrel), swifts and swallows.

Villages nestle beneath it, comfortable in the protection it provides; waterfalls tumble down it, caves lie hidden in its depths and climbers can find an increasing number of routes to inch their way up it, thanks to the efforts of La Federation de l’Escalade Italienne (FASI). They have already opened several climbs and are aiming to create about 100.

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