length: 1 day or more
season: nov - jun
warning in foot or canoe passing
A very interesting place, where you can observe the habitat of a multitude of water birds that stop in the lagoon during the migration from Africa to Europe.
The Park's habitat
The Park is partly covered by sub-humid forest or arborized savannah, inhabited by birds, mammals and primates.
For birds lovers there are more then 250 species of birds; this is the base for 2% of the world pelican migration.
The Park hosts many animals' species, some commonly found in Africa (leopard, Hyena, chimpanzees) while others are typical of West Africa (water antelope, yellow-backed duiker, crowned crane, African Pygmy goose, Gambia goose, yellow crested calau,…).
The main marine species are: black crocodile, barracuda, tilapia, manatee.
The Rio Grande of Buba is an important breeding ground for barracuda.
Visits and other activities
- Watching wildlife
This is the Park main attraction. Dawn is the best time to spot wildlife, so get there early.
The rest of the day can be spent walking and bird watching in the lagoon, a bird resting stop throughout the day, especially during migration.
- Suggested itineraries:
Plan a whole day for each itinerary. The map shows a list of suggested attractions.
Download the Park map.
- Salt water rios route (Rio Fulacunda and Rio Grande di Buba)
- Freshwater rios route (between Madina Ache, Cantanha and the rio Corubal)
- Walking along the rio Corubal and its branches.
Interesting spots along this walk are on the north side Uama Porto and on the south side Ga Gregório and Bacar Conté.
The trips are not dangerous, but trails are unmarked, so it is required to go with a Park guide to point out the way and the rules to follow.
Walking trips are often on barely visible and bumpy trails, appropriate clothing is needed (hiking boots long sleeved tops and long pants) and fairly good training.
- Mato Sagrado
If you can spend an extra half a day in the Park the Mato Sagrado is worth a visit. It is a forested area in the park center, sacred to the animist culture.
Visitors are not always allowed, so check with your tour organizer before planning a visit.
- Other activities
Kayaks are available to cross the lagoon, a beautiful experience to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature only broken by the swashing of the paddles and the screeching of the birds.
The freshwater lagoon in the middle of the Park, a place called Cantanha, has no fish or dangerous animals, so it is safe to swim.
Getting there, lodging and dining
There are no places to sleep in the Park: you must stay overnight in Buba, a city 20 km away, about 30 minutes by car.
For evening return you can depart the lagoon by mid afternoon and reach Bissau in 3 to 4 hours.
If spending another night in Buba plan a visit at dusk for a chance to see more wildlife.
There are plans for the construction of a new campground with some cabins and a common area with a kitchen and bathrooms.
Some information about the Park
Born in 2000, the Natural Park of the Lagoons of Cufada is located between the Rio Grande of Buba and the Rio Corubal.
It encompass an area of 89.000 hectares, although consisting mostly of islands, it is the largest freshwater reserve in Guinea Bissau.
The significance of this area for migratory species has been recognized as a Ramsar site, according to the International Convention on wetlands of international interest.
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