But most tourists who visit the Bijagó archipelago are attracted by the possibility of going to islands where the observation of certain animals has become an experience in itself.
This is the case of the island of Orango Grande, in the Orango National Park, located about 4 hours by boat from Bissau, the capital of the country. A wonderful tour that crosses channels full of islets, and crosses areas of open sea, lulling the visitor into a pleasant lethargy.
Only the low flight of the thousands of birds that choose this enclave to migrate or reside permanently, and the fun parade of some groups of dolphins, interrupt the journey until reaching what is known as the “island of the hippos”.
And it is that these spectacular mammals, which in their adulthood can measure 4 meters and weigh 3,500 kilos, have found their best den in it. There they live in family groups made up of a dominant male and another 5, 10 or 30 females with their young of different ages.
They alternate their lives depending on the weather, occupying mangroves and rivers during the dry season, and moving to the lagoons while they have water, in the rainy season.
It is just at that time, between mid-September and early December, when their observation is easier, since they like to splash around in the large lagoons that form in the Anor region.
An activity that Orango Parque Hotel includes in its experience program, together with the possibility of visiting other islands of great ecological interest.