Katchikally Crocodile Pool
Katchikally Crocodile Pool
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  • mst1
    Maastricht, The Netherlands75 contributions
    Want to see crocs? Well, you saw them. That’s it.
    Maybe twenty or thirty lame crocs sleeping around or inside the pond. They do not move. You may even touch them. That’s it. You sat half an hour in the taxi to get there.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 21, 2023
  • Luv2TravelFarNWide
    Atenas, Costa Rica1,346 contributions
    Interesting and fun
    Never believed I could be comfortable walking amongst a bunch of very large crocodiles, and even petting one, but I was. There is an interesting history to this place. The owner has fed the crocs only fish for their entire lives, and they have been acclimated to people, so as long as you follow their instructions to move slowly and ONLY pet their backs, you are safe. Makes for a great photo op! And the museum outside is definitely worth a stop.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Annalisa B
    Brussels, Belgium72 contributions
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    very interesting site, apparently in activity since centuries. There is a little interesting museum, a park and LOTS of crocodiles. You may even touch some of them. The explanations given by the guide on how the keep the crocodiles number under control were not convincing at all, so we remain with the question.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 30, 2023
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LyndsMo
London, UK14 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
This was my 2nd visit to Katchikally Crocodile Pool once again it was a remarkable wondrous experience. We went quite late in the day plus it was ramadan time so it was very quiet. We were the only people there. There was a 200 delacies entrance fee. Before going to see the crocodiles there is a small museum we walked around which consisted of 3 rooms with information about the area , pictures and a few historical artefacts. The whole way round we were accompanied by a cat. He literally walked everywhere with us until we got to the exit of the rooms. Instinctively the cat stopped at the door and left us to continue out towards the crocodiles. She obviously knew not to go out there around the crocodiles, we stopped at a very ver old massive cotton tree on the way towards the crocodiles. The young man who cared for the crocodiles were so informative and put us at ease as when we got out towards the crocodiles. On this occasion, there were plenty of them out on the land. We counted at least 12 crocodiles amongst leaves and against the trees. This was a scarily wonderful experience to be this close to the crocodiles, we even saw the albino crocodile which was so big. The young man showed us the crocodile eggs and told us about the crocodiles. We made a small donation towards feeding the crocodiles as they must go through a large amount of fish to keep them going. This was a fantastic experience. Definitely not for the faint hearted.
Written May 3, 2023
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Kate
180 contributions
Dec 2022
A local taxi driver drove us to the place - the museum is very small, but the things on display are quite interesting. The pool itself and the opportunity to touch a crocodile - quite unique. The guys at the pool took good care that everyone had a chance to take a picture with an albino crocodile in a safe and organised manner. In general, a place to visit if you want to look the croc in the face :)
Written January 19, 2023
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tiz2020
Peterborough, UK57 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
First there is some interesting museum
pieces about the tribes etc. Then you go to the pool. The guy who looks after the crocs really knows them well and you can tell he cares for them. You can stroke the crocodile under the supervision of their keeper.
Plenty of opportunity to donate to the upkeep of the crocs. Don’t buy the exercise books on offer at the price they ask for, so much cheaper in the shops!
Written February 14, 2022
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Debs M
Bridgwater, UK152 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We visited the crocodile park with Black and White tours.
First there’s a history museum which was very interesting on the history of The Gambia, then a walk do to the crocodile pool.
Wow what lovely creatures.
With guidance we were able to have photographs with the crocodiles and learn how they live and eat.
Great trip all round
Written December 18, 2022
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Compass46706320178
7 contributions
Jan 2023
My wife and I visited the crocodile pool whilst on a recent holiday in Bakau. We hired the services of an excellent local tour guide, Babucarr Fofana. Babu's office is in a street kiosk directly in front of the Ocean Bay Hotel in Bakau. Babu took us on a walk around Bakau to see some sights we were interested in. We went to the National Botanical Gardens, where Babu organised for us to tour the gardens with the Director of the gardens, who explained the plant species we were viewing and the relevance of the plants to the Gambia ecology and economy. Babu then took us to the Bakau Community School and onwards to the Katchikally Crocodile Pool. Babu gave us a guided tour of the museum at the pool and then the pool itself. He is a very knowledgeable guide with excellent English. Babu said we would have the opportunity to stroke the crocodiles, but what he hadn't told us was that they are free to roam the grounds. At first we found this a little alarming, but the pool guide explained that the crocodiles were fed every morning and that they would then not be interested in people unless disturbed. Indeed, all the crocodiles were sunning themselves and quite amenable to being stroked....carefully. The purpose of the pool and the crocodiles was explained to us and its continuing importance in Gambian folklore and society. All in all an excellent and interesting trip.
Written February 26, 2023
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Helen F
Cambridge, UK170 contributions
Nov 2021
This was a really bizarre experience. The guide was telling us that it was perfectly safe to stroke the crocodiles and have photos taken with them. The reptiles were practically comatose, now bearing in mind that they are cold blooded creatures, they should have been very lively indeed in a temperature of 34-36 degrees. When questioned about the state of their inertia we were told that they have been trained to only perceive fish as food, which l am sorry to say was a complete and utter load of Croc! They were undoubtedly sedated which was very sad to see and l and 1 other in our group refused to participate in such a farce.
Written December 5, 2021
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Annalisa B
Brussels, Belgium72 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
very interesting site, apparently in activity since centuries.
There is a little interesting museum, a park and LOTS of crocodiles.
You may even touch some of them.
The explanations given by the guide on how the keep the crocodiles number under control were not convincing at all, so we remain with the question.
Written November 30, 2023
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E T
104 contributions
Mar 2022
After visiting the Crocodile Pool.

The Museum is small but very informative/interesting history of the Gambia. You will learn about the ancestral rituals, music, history of the British colonisation until recent days...By itself this was a good highlight for me.

The Crocodile Pool itself, is a rather muddy pool surrounded by trees and occupied by an assortment of tame crocodiles that do very little. Didnt take any photos with the crocodiles, because it didnt felt right for me.

It is an Okay way to spend an hour or two. Just don't expect a major tourist attraction
Written March 21, 2022
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Luv2TravelFarNWide
Atenas, Costa Rica1,346 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Never believed I could be comfortable walking amongst a bunch of very large crocodiles, and even petting one, but I was. There is an interesting history to this place. The owner has fed the crocs only fish for their entire lives, and they have been acclimated to people, so as long as you follow their instructions to move slowly and ONLY pet their backs, you are safe.

Makes for a great photo op! And the museum outside is definitely worth a stop.
Written November 27, 2023
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Deborah M
Warrington, UK161 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
I visited the crocodile park. I found the Museum small but very informative with a lot of history.
I was shocked to see a crocodile just lay in the park, unmoving with its mouth wide open, the only thing that moved was its eyes, it must surly be drugged to stay like this. I did have a photo taken with it, like every one else but I now wish I hadn't
Written March 4, 2020
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