Ilha de Orango, Guinea-Bissau

Stalk rare, salt-water hippos after visiting the tombs of Bijagós kings and queens. Ilha de Orango is the heart of Orango Islands National Park. The island is home to rare saltwater hippos, and is also the burial site of the Bijagós kings and queens. Pretty Orango Parque Hotel is run in association with the local community, and guides can take you hippo spotting (around CFA150,000). You can reach Orango by speedboat transfer from Ilha de Kere or by scheduled pirogue from Bubaque. For the latter, you’ll need to have time and tides on your side.

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