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Visiting Gambia´s Petting Zoo

Before I start telling you about my trip to Gambia (Westafrica) step by step first of all I would like to present you my favorite swimming pool over there. For many people, a good swimming pool is an important part of a good holiday. That´s why I couldn´t wait to give you this recommendation. P1490627P1490630To get to the pool you have to pass through a museum first, where you can get some information about the current gambian beach fashion. Cut outs are really en vogue this season. At least on the eyes.P1490648P1490639P1490657After a short walk through the forrest you will arrive at the life guard´s station. This gambian David Hasselhoff wasn´t too busy though. The swimming pool was not that big. But where was actually the water?P1490723The pool was completely covered by plants. Only about 100 crocodiles who were getting some tan near it knew what´s inside. P1490733P1490720The holy crocodiles don´t just hang around, they also have an important entertainment function. Tourists come to this place from far away only to pet them. Although I tried to smile in a camera for a second while doing that, I was really afraid! Touching the crocodiles makes you have a lot of babies!!!P1490737Here comes the shoe test for all of you who don´t believe the crocodile was real. I seemed to be less yummy to him. No, seriously: crocodiles are nearly blind and only react to vibrations. If you are quiet and the crocodile full, he won´t even notice you are there.P1490681The Holy crocodiles in Kachikally near Bacau are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gambia. For most of the visitors it´s just a petting zoo, but they mean much more to the Gambians. Women who can´t have children come to the crocodile pool. A legent says that there was a Gambian chieftain named Ngaga Ceesay in the 16. century and none of his 15 wifes could have a baby. One of the wifes had a dream one night of entering a big forest and having a round belly afterwards. So she woke Ngaga up and they went to the forrest where they found two albino crocodiles near a pool (THIS pool). She petted the crocodiles and got pregnant. And guys, can you imaging how I was hoping this crocodile spell only works on Gambians?P1490777P1490702Find here some general informations about Gambia.