The Sahel is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic zone of transition in between the to the north and the Sudanian Savanna to the south. Having a semi-arid climate, it stretches across the south-central latitudes of Northern Africa between the Atlantic Ocean and the .

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A landlocked country in the Sahel, remains one of the poorest countries in the world, but it has wonderful musicians and some incredible sights, including four UNESCO World Heritage sites and the historic city of . Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.

is the third largest country in . Getting a visa for is an expensive hit-and-miss affair, but if you do manage to get in, and you stick to the safe areas, you will probably have a memorable experience. Photo: Retlaw Snellac, CC BY 2.0.

is one of the poorest and most corruptly mis-governed countries in the world, with most of its inhabitants living in poverty as subsistence herders and farmers. Photo: Robertgrafl, Public domain.

is an arid, landlocked country of the Sahel. is a former French colony which was granted independence in 1960. Photo: Jacques Taberlet, CC BY-SA 3.0.


is a land of desert and ocean. It is of course no wonder that the main attractions for most tourists are the desert in Adrar and Tagant areas, and the ocean in Banc d'Arguin. Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.


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