Kachikally Museum and Crocodile Pool

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Kachikally crocodile pool and museum entrance

The Kachikally crocodile pool is located in the heart of Bakau, Gambia, about 10 miles (16 km) from the capital Banjul. It is one of three sacred crocodile pools used as sites for fertility rituals.[1] The others are Folonko in Kombo South and Berending on the north bank.


Kachikally is a privately owned shrine belonging to the Bojang family of Bakau, one of the founding families and major land owners of the city. Kachikally is also the name of the central district of Bakau town; other districts are Sanchaba and New Town.


Visitors are able to touch the crocodiles

The exact number of crocodiles is not known but it is estimated that there are about 80. All the animals are Nile crocodiles which can grow to 4.5 metres and live as long as a man. There have been reports of the presence of albino crocodiles, adding to the uniqueness of the place. Perhaps the most famous crocodile was Charlie, who like all other crocodiles was allowed to roam freely, and can be approached and touched by visitors. Crocodiles found in the wild are sometimes taken to and reared at the holy pools.


  1. ^ Historic and Sacred Sites in Gambia

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Coordinates: 13°28′36″N 16°40′21″W / 13.47667°N 16.67250°W / 13.47667; -16.67250