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Shellfish Island - Bandia Park Tours

Shellfish Island - Bandia Park Tours Packages
Country: Senegal
City: Joal
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Archaeological Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Departure in the morning to attend Sunday mass in Fadiouth or just to visit this island, one of the most beautiful villages in Senegal

Fadiouth marks the western border of the kingdom of Sine and is connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge.

The traditional village of Fadiouth is better known as Shellfish Island because instead of sand, we will travel on a shell pile. The island is amazing in many ways, already, because its soil is made up of shells.

This is not the result of chance or of nature but the result of human presence: these clusters of shells are in fact the remains of mollusks eaten here by humans who have colonized this place since Antiquity….

Seashells were then also used in constructions such as in the walls of houses. As always in the country, religions coexist in good harmony.

On foot, we will discover this stronghold of total tolerance where all religious beliefs and appearances come together: Muslims, Christians, and Animists

By another bridge, we will be at the only mixed cemeteries, beyond that we will take a boat for the return to the continent.

Last stop for our postcard of the day in front of the millet granaries on stilts in the heart of the mangroves

We will have lunch in front of the Delta and then return for our Safari in the afternoon in Bandia Park.

03 hours driving through a forest of baobab and acacias trees.

The Bandia wildlife reserve is a real ecological jewel in Senegal. It has succeeded in reintroducing much of the marvelous native flora and of some of Africa’s best-loved animals.

Many of which had gradually disappeared, some of them centuries ago, due to demographic pressure and poaching.

We will see mostly herbivorous wild animals such as buffalos, antelopes, impalas gazelles, elans, kudu, giraffes, monkeys, zebras, and rhinoceros…

A family of hyenas is living inside a closed enclosure in this park

In this game drive, we can note, that some bird species such as small hornbills, eagles, vultures, kingfishers, and grey herons…

Let us visit a special baobab tree for an archeological course, the tomb of the griots.

Griots were cast peoples; storytellers, drummers, and singers and were often buried inside the hollow of the baobabs.

With our local guide from the Park, we will know more about those tribes.

We will go to the bar for refreshments or swim with the crocodile, before taking the road back.

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