Welcome to Cacheu
Sleepy Cacheu used to be a regional capital under Portuguese colonial rule and is worth a stop for the sense of history – the old cannons at the small reconstructed stone fort might be the same ones that helped repel the infamous English pirate Sir Francis Drake in 1567. It's also a good base for nearby Parque Natural dos Tarrafes de Cacheu, which is ideal for intrepid birdwatchers. The park has over 200 species, including flamingos, Senegal parrots and African giant kingfishers. Mammals like gazelles, hyenas, manatees and hippos are harder to spot. Contact the IBAP office in Bissau before setting out.