KACHIKALLY CROCODILE POOL .

Lilian Marshall

Blackpool, United Kingdom

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Bakau ,Gambia W/Africa
Kachikally crocodile pool is a privately owned shrine belonging to the Bojang family of Bakau in the Gambia one of the founding families and major landowners of the city . Kachikally is also the name of the central district of Bakou town . Exact number of crocs is not known but it is estimated to be nearly 100 .All of them are Nile Crocs which can grow up to 4-5 metres .and live as long as man .There have been reports of albino crocodiles adding to the uniqueness of the place .The most famous of the crocs is Charlie .who like all the crocs is allowed to roam freely and be approached and touched by the visitors .They are so tame they prefer the fish which they are fed to red meat . Crocs found in the wild are taken to the holy pool and reared .
Infertile women travel from far and wide to be washed with sacred water from the pool and given some water to apply to certain parts of their body before going to bed and in the morning . After washing a cash donation is expected ,a piece of cloth and a cola nut half of which is shared between the elderly and the other half is thrown into the pool to appease the crocs . Also after washing the ladies are not allowed to shake hands with anyone from Bakau .The Bojang clan is forbidden from exploiting the pool for financial gain less it loses it’s sacredness .
I have walked amongst and stroked the crocodiles but I have to say my heart was in my mouth doing it . It is amazing to see them lying all over the place apparently motionless . When they have their mouths open like this they are cooling themselves down . Lumix DMC-TZ6

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