Day 6 - Pirogue Trip and Abuko Nature Reserve
11.02.2009 - 11.02.2009 32 °C
Back to Lamin Lodge today with another guide called Jay Jay, where we would make a creek trip using a local mode of transport known as a pirogue ' a long, narrow dug out wooden canoe).
As it was fairly early in the morning , there were only a few local people about so it was nice to be the only foreigners enjoying the beautiful scenery. There were 2 locals who were paddling our canoe and brought us near to the mangroves for a closer look.
We saw so many different species of birds. Jay Jay told us that it is salt water and not very deep. When the tide is right, the local women and children come out to collect the oysters which are found near the roots of the mangroves.
At one point the pirogues was moored and we got out to explore the mangroves and to see some of the local houses near the creek. We also saw some shrines which local people pray to in order to protect their vicinity.
The locals use every herb, plant and fruit in their everyday lives. We were out on the canoe for 1.5 hrs - was bliss. Then at about midday we had our lunch but had to be careful of those naughty monkeys again.
After our lunch we made our way to Abuko Nature Reserve. I have to say that this was very disappointing and I wouldn't recommend going there. There were only a few hyenas, a pelican, some baboons and a couple of parrots.
At 2pm we made our way back to the hotel. Jay Jay was telling us some interesting information. The children have to pay for education for all grades usually about 300 Dalasis per term increasing as you get to the higher grades. They also have to pay for all their school materials.