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Mali

The sound of the desert blues

The Festival du Chameau brings vibrant music, hundreds of nomads and Michael Kessler to the middle of nowhere.

Africa

The twist to Timbuktu

Time warp ... outside Timbuktu.

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

Africa

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.

Africa

Planet of the Dogon

Village people ... a Dogon mask dancer.

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

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Planes, porn and racism: Travel's biggest Twitter fails

Justine Sacco's Twitter post.

KYLIE MCLAUGHLIN 5:15pm | You won't believe what some travellers - and travel companies - have done on Twitter.

Italy's 'haunted' island up for auction

TOM KINGTON 10:52am | Italy is hoping to transform the "haunted" island into a holiday spot with a luxury hotel.

Couple convert a plane into guest accommodation in Great Southern

ALEISHA ORR 4:01am | If the DC-3 aeroplane that will soon act as an alternative accommodation option on a rural West Australian property could speak to its guests, it would have some interesting stories to tell.

Pack your bags, Queensland campaign combats the Ita effect

CAMERON ATFIELD 15 Apr | The Queensland government has launched a new campaign to encourage tourists back into the state, following a wave of publicity dominated by tropical cyclone Ita.

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