Bakel Department

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Former area (since reduced) in the Tambacounda Region
Former area (since reduced) in the Tambacounda Region
Country  Senegal
Region Tambacounda Region
Capital Bakel
 • Total 22,378 km2 (8,640 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 138,867
 • Density 6.2/km2 (16/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Bakel Department is one of the 45 departments of Senegal and one of the four making up the Tambacounda Region in the east of the country. The department had an area of 22,378 km² and population estimate at 215,680 in 2005. However, recently the department was reduced to create the new department of Goudiry.

The department has three urban communes; Bakel, Diawara and Kidira.

The rest of the department is divided administratively into three arrondissements which are in turn are divided into rural communities (communautés rurales):

  • Bélé Arrondissement
    • Bélé
    • Sinthiou Fissa
  • Kéniaba Arrondissement
    • Toumboura
    • Sadatou
    • Madina Foulbé
    • Gathiary
  • Moudéry Arrondissement
    • Moudéry
    • Ballou
    • Gabou

Historic Sites [1][edit]

  • René Caillé Pavilion in Bakel town
  • Bakel Fort in Bakel town
  • Cemetery of the Circumcised in Bakel town
  • Previous "Comptoir" of the Maurel & Prom establishment in Bakel town
  • Sacred hill of Ngoundéiny Guidimpalé in Bakel town
  • Fort of Sénédébou, Arrondissement of Kidira
  • Hill of Wouro Himadou and (purported) tomb of Malick Sy, first Almamy (muslim ruler) of the Bundu


  1. ^ [Historic sites [1]

Coordinates: 14°54′09″N 12°27′34″W / 14.90250°N 12.45944°W / 14.90250; -12.45944