Keur Bamboung (for Wedemain, with journalist Sophie Boutboul)


Keur Bamboung, located in Parc National du Delta du Saloum, about 100km south of Dakar, Sénégal, was created in order to ensure the sustainability of the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Bamboung, including the financial independence of the project. Around twenty natives from the nearby villages run the camp site, which can host about thirty tourists. All the money is redistributed to the MPA preservation and development project.

Keur Bamboung is a model of eco-development and sustainibility as well as nature protection in Africa and the very first MPA in western Africa.

Sipo island beach, Sipo, Sénégal - April 2017

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Fatou Touré (right), Sipo island's queen, and her grand children, Sipo, Sénégal - April 2017

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A tourist on his way to Keur Bamboung, it's a 30mn walk to get to the camp from Sipo island's peer, Sipo, Sénéga - April 2017

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An employee of the MPA doing bunches of straw, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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A trailer loaded with straw which is commonly used to build huts and houses in the camp, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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A typical hut for tourists facing the Diombos channel, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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Sunrise on the Diombos channel, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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Eco guide Biram Sarr on the Diombos channel, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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Birame Sarr (right) giving explanations about the mangrove to tourists, Keur Bamboung, Senegal - April 2017

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A tourist stepping into the mangrove, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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The mangrove at low tide, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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A tourist during a walk in the mangrove at low tide, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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Eco guide Birame Sarr during a walk in the mangrove, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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Eco guide Birame Sarr (centre) and tourists during a walk in the mangrove at low tide, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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Landscape during a walk in the bush, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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Eco guide Birame Sarr standing beside a baobab tree, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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One of the few huts tourists can stay in, each one is equiped with a solar pannel (no electricity on the island) and is connected to the camp water tank (no running water on the island), Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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The camp's huts are made of bricks and straw, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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The bathroom area inside one of the camp's hut, facing the Diombos channel, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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A tourist going for a swim in the Diombos channel, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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On a pirogue during a visit to eco guards watching over the entrance of the delta, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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Eco guard Tidiane Seydi, and the mirador used for watching over the delta entrance, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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Eco guard Famara Ndiaye at the top of the mirador, with his wooden rifle as some illegal hunters and poachers can be carrying weapons, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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Eco guard Tidiane Seydi at the top of the mirador, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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Eco guards coming down from the mirador, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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Ecoguards getting their lunch ready, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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Eco guard Famara Ndiaye listening to the radio in his hut, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal - April 2017

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An employee of the MPA, Keur Bamboung, Sénégal- April 2017

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