The name ‘Makasutu’ is a Mandinka word, which translates into English as ‘Holy Forest’. Legend has it that tribal wars took place in this forest centuries ago. A particular King was also killed here, and his head, crown and throne were all buried in the forest.
The local community avoided the area, for another reason: the legend also states that the devil lived in this forest! Nevertheless, the owners of this beautiful resort forged ahead and began a venture that would, after almost fifteen years, earn them a reputation as having ‘The Best New Eco Lodge in the World’, according to the Sunday Times in 2002. Another award was bestowed on the serene lodge two years later with the capping of the prestigious ‘Guild of British Travel Writers Award’.
This comes as no surprise. Surrounded by six villages, Makasutu Cultural Forest is an all-in-one excursion and is all that the international media, and the world travel body have described it. A safari drive, a guided forest walk, a boat ride, bird watching, and cultural entertainment galore are all at ‘Makasutu’.
There is a craft area where local artists show their talent and skill in wood carving, desing ware and other traditional African artifacts. The fantastically high-class floating and stilted lodges, make this place unique.