Mbour - game reserve of Bandia

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the view from Popenguine
From Kaolack we went to Popeingue. The last part to the hotel we couldn't drive with the bus. The street had big wholes because of the rainy season. In the darkness we had to wait for the 4x4 car. Our driver and guides were hungry because they weren't allowed to eat befor sunset (it was Ramadan). So we offered them some food. The car could just take a few people at once and it had to drive very slowly. The drive was very uncomfortable because of the wholes but finally we reached the hotel. Some of us didn't want to wait anymore, so they started to walk with their suitcases.

Next day we met some local women. They told us about their daily routine. It was very interesting and we could ask them what we wanted to know. They also asked us about our daily routine.
this rhino moved right in my direction - stay calm
Of course there are two absolutely different worlds. Both parties were surprised about the stories.

After that we visited the game reserve of Banida. It's a private one and it isn't very big. Because of that they can't have cats of prey, they would eat all the other animals. It was a fantastic exprerience. They had 4x4 cars with benches on the back so we had a great view. The best thing was: we had a guide that could speak German. He studied for two years in Switzerland - what a luck! So we started our tour and our guide explanied and explanied. Suddenly we stopped - there were two rhinos. He told us to get off the car and to close them. It was a great feeling to be so close to the rhinos. One of them walked right towards us. Some of us wanted to run away but that's the most dangerous thing you can do! I just took a picture at this moment. ;)
Further we saw giraffes, antelopes, buffalos, ostriches, turtles and a big number of birds. There was a pond were the crocodiles were but we haven't seen them.
Of course there were tons of baobabs. The older they are the wider they are. In one of the baobabs there was an old grave. They throw the bodies into the whole of the baobab. I'm not sure if the bones were authentic we've seen.
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the view from Popenguine
the view from Popenguine
this rhino moved right in my direc…
this rhino moved right in my dire…
baobabs
baobabs
an oryx antelope
an oryx antelope
baobabs
baobabs
this tree was a grave
this tree was a grave
water buffalo
water buffalo
the crocodiles should be here but …
the crocodiles should be here but…
local women
local women
birdd nests
bird'd nests
this guy spoke German
this guy spoke German
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photo by: Manu32