Travel Guide Africa Gambia Bakau



Bakau, a few kilometres from Banjul, the capital and Serekunda, the largest town in Gambia, is on the Atlantic coast. It is a full time fishing port with Pirouges bringing in their catches all day, Bakau is also the home of the Gambia national radio station and the National football stadium, it is also the most developed town in Gambia. The beaches of Cape Point are just a few metres walk away.



Sights and Activities

Fishing Port

This is a great place to while away a few hours watching the men bring their pirogues in 20 metres offshore and the women wading out with their necks jist above water with creels atop their heads to fill with fish and bring back to shore. The fish are then weighed in and sold or taken to the smoke sheds for drying out. The smells here are a marvalous blend of sea, fish and smoke sheds. If your brave enough you can go down and help the fishermen or probably better to sit on the balcony of the hotel/restaurant that looks over the throng. Beware, there are quite a few flies that like to do the same.



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Kachikally Crocodiles

Bakau is also home to one of the three sacred crocodile pools in Gambia used for fertility rituals. Here you will see many crocodiles going in and coming out of the murky green waters, as the crocs are tame, well usually, you can stroke them and of course take pictures. Thier is a small entrance fee to get in and also a cafe when you get tired of the crocs.

Botanical Gardens

Another place to amuse yourself for a few hours are the botanical gardens with hundreds of different types of flora and fauna.





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