An encounter with miners

The Kedougou region has several gold mines: Tinkoto mine near Mako, Sabodola mine in the North-East of Kedougou, and Bantako mine between Mako and Kedougou on the banks of the River Gambia. Gold miners use calabashes to look for nuggets of gold. They use an artisanal extraction technique. The miners crush rocks with a pestle in stone mortars. The powder and nuggets are separated using rotating movements In “battee” style, as we see in old movies, such as the gold rush.

The Bakel Fort

The Bakel Fort, best known as the Faidherbe Fort, was built between 1818 and 1819. This 190-year-old Fort, one of the World Heritage sites, is perched on a hill that overlooks the town and offers a superb panorama and beautiful view on River Senegal.


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