Katchikally Crocodile Pool
Katchikally Crocodile Pool
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  • LyndsMo
    London, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience
    This was my 2nd visit to Katchikally Crocodile Pool once again it was a remarkable wondrous experience. We went quite late in the day plus it was ramadan time so it was very quiet. We were the only people there. There was a 200 delacies entrance fee. Before going to see the crocodiles there is a small museum we walked around which consisted of 3 rooms with information about the area , pictures and a few historical artefacts. The whole way round we were accompanied by a cat. He literally walked everywhere with us until we got to the exit of the rooms. Instinctively the cat stopped at the door and left us to continue out towards the crocodiles. She obviously knew not to go out there around the crocodiles, we stopped at a very ver old massive cotton tree on the way towards the crocodiles. The young man who cared for the crocodiles were so informative and put us at ease as when we got out towards the crocodiles. On this occasion, there were plenty of them out on the land. We counted at least 12 crocodiles amongst leaves and against the trees. This was a scarily wonderful experience to be this close to the crocodiles, we even saw the albino crocodile which was so big. The young man showed us the crocodile eggs and told us about the crocodiles. We made a small donation towards feeding the crocodiles as they must go through a large amount of fish to keep them going. This was a fantastic experience. Definitely not for the faint hearted.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2023
  • Luv2TravelFarNWide
    Atenas, Costa Rica1,378 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and fun
    Never believed I could be comfortable walking amongst a bunch of very large crocodiles, and even petting one, but I was. There is an interesting history to this place. The owner has fed the crocs only fish for their entire lives, and they have been acclimated to people, so as long as you follow their instructions to move slowly and ONLY pet their backs, you are safe. Makes for a great photo op! And the museum outside is definitely worth a stop.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
  • Annalisa B
    Brussels, Belgium72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    à voir
    very interesting site, apparently in activity since centuries. There is a little interesting museum, a park and LOTS of crocodiles. You may even touch some of them. The explanations given by the guide on how the keep the crocodiles number under control were not convincing at all, so we remain with the question.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 November 2023
  • David B
    Delray Beach, Florida1,145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Shed Tears for These Crocodiles
    Over a dozen crocodiles laying al around the pool, mostly sleeping. You get to walk a path with your guide around the place when suddenly you notice there is no fence between you and those crocodiles about 4 feet away. Luckily, only a few are moving and you are really glad they were fed earlier in the day. I would question your fitness as a parent if you brought your kiddos on your visit. Just remember if you want to touch one (and people do) touch the crocodile as far away from its mouth as possible. If you love Komodo Island and its free roaming dragons you will like this place.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Travelling Coffee Shop
    Otley, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crocs, crocs and more crocs
    Never seen so many! The more you look, the more you see. Very knowledgeable guides ensure your visit is safe. There are some cross you can actually touch Also a very interesting museum about Gambias recent history is on the same site.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 January 2024
  • sellis44
    Grimsby, United Kingdom237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    Visted around 11am and it seems to be a good time to go. Not busy or rushed. Guide was knowledge and good fun. A wonderful opportunity to find out and get up close to these fascinating animals. They are well cared for and happy to tolerate humans as they are well fed. Do listen to the guide as some pregnant crops will not be so happy to be approached. Great local information in series of rooms on the way in about tribes, musical instruments, and info about military history. Entrance fee 100 D and an opportunity to leave a contribution to help towards food for the crops.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 April 2024
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sellis44
Grimsby, UK237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Visted around 11am and it seems to be a good time to go. Not busy or rushed. Guide was knowledge and good fun. A wonderful opportunity to find out and get up close to these fascinating animals.
They are well cared for and happy to tolerate humans as they are well fed. Do listen to the guide as some pregnant crops will not be so happy to be approached.
Great local information in series of rooms on the way in about tribes, musical instruments, and info about military history.
Entrance fee 100 D and an opportunity to leave a contribution to help towards food for the crops.
Written 4 April 2024
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Sharon 'Lawlor' B
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Informative little museum about the different tribes and history of The Gambia. Wonderful experience to stand amongst the crocodiles!
Written 22 March 2024
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GG
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Unbelievable experience, we get to touch the crocodiles and the staff was very helpful and informative. Fee entrance is only 100 dalasi which is nothing so we donate some money as well
Written 18 February 2024
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roosmith
Ayr, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Different experience, touching crocodiles. We went with a local guide Lamin Marong, who picked us up from hotel , drove to the pool, guided us through the museum and then to the pool, where a keeper told us which ones we could touch, then Lamin drove us back, with a brief visit to a war graves cemetery, all for £20
Written 17 January 2024
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Travelling Coffee Shop
Otley, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Never seen so many! The more you look, the more you see. Very knowledgeable guides ensure your visit is safe. There are some cross you can actually touch
Also a very interesting museum about Gambias recent history is on the same site.
Written 12 January 2024
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Heather H
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Lovely place But make no mistake these listen to your guide if you want to touch them I did and must admit my heart was racing
But well worth going to see them up close
Written 13 December 2023
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David B
Delray Beach, FL1,145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Over a dozen crocodiles laying al around the pool, mostly sleeping. You get to walk a path with your guide around the place when suddenly you notice there is no fence between you and those crocodiles about 4 feet away. Luckily, only a few are moving and you are really glad they were fed earlier in the day. I would question your fitness as a parent if you brought your kiddos on your visit. Just remember if you want to touch one (and people do) touch the crocodile as far away from its mouth as possible. If you love Komodo Island and its free roaming dragons you will like this place.
Written 10 December 2023
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Annalisa B
Brussels, Belgium72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
very interesting site, apparently in activity since centuries.
There is a little interesting museum, a park and LOTS of crocodiles.
You may even touch some of them.
The explanations given by the guide on how the keep the crocodiles number under control were not convincing at all, so we remain with the question.
Written 30 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Luv2TravelFarNWide
Atenas, Costa Rica1,378 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Never believed I could be comfortable walking amongst a bunch of very large crocodiles, and even petting one, but I was. There is an interesting history to this place. The owner has fed the crocs only fish for their entire lives, and they have been acclimated to people, so as long as you follow their instructions to move slowly and ONLY pet their backs, you are safe.

Makes for a great photo op! And the museum outside is definitely worth a stop.
Written 27 November 2023
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andycoldham
Crawley, UK914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This must see site was in walking distance from.our hotel,but it did mean a walk through Bakau old town which is a poverty striken area with lots of kids begging for sweets, so I was glad we hired a guy of the beach to take us there, as his presence made the journey there very easy. The entrance fee is only 100 DL ( just over £1) and there is an interesting museum about the history of Gambia to go through before one hits the jungle trail. There is a well trodden path, through some huge trees and local monkeys until you hit the pool, where rangers will arrange for visitors to pose with and touch the crocs for some great photo opportunities. These are fresh water crocs and are fish eaters, and well fed. So humans are quite safe, but even do ard visitors are told to keep well away from the crocs mouths in case you confuse the crocs and they take a bite. If you are lucky on your visit you may get to see Charlie the albino Croc. A good and cheap way to spend a couple of hours.
Written 24 November 2023
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