Orango Island, Guinea-Bissau  

Orango is one of the Bijagós Islands, located 60 kilometers off the coast of mainland Guinea-Bissau. At 272.5 km2, it is the largest island in the archipelago.

Galumphing hippos drift in and out of the brackish lagoons of Orango Grande, one of the undisputed jewels of the Bissagos Islands and a distinct national park in its own right.

In fact, wildlife lovers flock to this small land mass in the Atlantic to see the rare salt-water creatures in their natural habitat, and there are oodles of local guides here that operate wetland safaris out into the waterways and mangroves to see them.

Add to that a series of sparkling white beaches, a single, community-run hotel, and a clutch of curious local tribes with long-held traditions, and it’s easy to see why Orango makes so many a Guinea-Bissau itinerary!

Epic Guinea Bissue Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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