The project at Makasutu, meaning ‘sacred forest’ in Mandinka, was founded by two British men, the late James English & Lawrence Williams. The ‘cultural forest’ is now a popular and premier eco tourist destination.
The cultural forest is still home to the indigenes people of the area, which visitors can meet on expertly led guided walks through the bush after learning the history and myths of Makasutu. Visitors even have the chance to sample locally famed palm wine and observe the oyster women on their daily collections or visit Makasutu’s holy Marabou man. Crafted dug out canoes, also known as pirogues are also another popular activity, drifting along in amongst the mangroves of the river with a likelihood of seeing a variety of local birdlife.
Wide Open Walls
The Makasutu area in October 2010, was host to the first Wide Open Walls project. The village of Kubuneh was turned into a living art installation by a number of the world's leading street artists, including Eelus, Broken Crow and Logan Hicks. The project is going to be an ongoing one, with villagers tending and adding to the artworks, and new artists returning each year to continue the development. The Wide Open Walls project will be part of the Makasutu excursion and if you wish to see it in action then please speak to your rep.
The Wide Open Walls blog.