The Djado Plateau lies in the Sahara, in northeastern Niger. It is known for its cave art (often of large mammals long since absent from the area), but is now largely uninhabited, with abandoned towns and forts still standing and visible. As of 2011, the commune of Djado had a total population of 1,488 people.
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The ruined city and ksar of Djado lies on the southern end of the plateau at 450 meters of elevation within a small oasis of brackish water. Long ago abandoned by the Kanuri people, who may or may not have been its original founders, the date palms of the area are now tended by Toubou nomads.
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