Katchikally Crocodile Pool, Bakau

#1 of 18 in Wildlife in Gambia
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Dare to touch a crocodile at Katchikally Crocodile Pool, home to some 80 reptiles of various ages and sizes. With a guidance of a trainer you can get close to some of the tamer crocs, living in sacred ponds used as sites for fertility rituals. A popular tourist spot, this 3.6 hectare (9 acre) complex also features an ethnographic museum with a souvenir shop. You'll also find a short nature trail and a refreshments bar on site. Using our international travel planner, Bakau attractions like Katchikally Crocodile Pool can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Place was easy to locate - look out for the colorful wall It cost $100 to visit the museum and pool Although museum was small it had a lot of info about the music, culture, women, history and...  more »
  • The reason we went there is the small museum. There you can learn about the culture, especially Mandinka, but also about history. We loved it  more »
  • What a great place! This is not a zoo, this is where the crocodiles choose to stay and live, they are free to leave if they want, we loved to see this natural place and pool and the crocodiles are...  more »
  • Amazing experience, you get to touch the crocodiles while the guides help take pictures of you. A perfect environment to just sit and enjoy nature.
  • It was a very fascinating experience. You get to touch the crocodiles too! There has never been an incident so don’t panic.
  • A spiritual place and over hundreds of crocodiles.locals beleived if you are married and no child, when you go there and bath with the water from the pool, and stick to your partner, God willing you can have a child.
  • The thrill of being able to walk among crocodiles, pat them... It's mind boggling.
  • The Zoo with a more interesting museum. I will be honest to say that I enjoyed. The museum part more featuring different musical instruments (which you can try) and historical moments of The Gambia. After the museum you get to take a short stroll through a forest rounding the lake where a staff member is supervising the Crocodiles. They are animals, that were sunbathing. Nothing more to it :)

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