Mar Lodj

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Mar Lodj
Bungalow on Mar Lodj
Bungalow on Mar Lodj
Waters Atlantic
Geographical location 14 ° 3 ′  N , 16 ° 40 ′  W Coordinates: 14 ° 3 ′  N , 16 ° 40 ′  W
Mar Lodj (Senegal)
Mar Lodj
surface 150 km²
Highest elevation 13  m
Residents 5000
33 inhabitants / km²
Palm and mango trees outside a village
Palm and mango trees outside a village

Mar Lodj (also Mar Lothie , Mar Lyotch , Mar Loytch or Mar Lotche ) is an island in Senegal that is located in the Sine-Saloum region in the Delta du Saloum National Park . Mar Lodj is located in the delta of the Saloum and Sine rivers , in the Fatick region .


About 5,000 people live on the island. They live mainly in the towns of Mar-Fafako and Mar-Lothie . In addition to Christianity and Islam , the residents practice traditional religions - often in a syncretistic mixture with the major religions . For example, offerings such as chickens or palm wine are made for the spirits on sacred trees.


Sand painting of a typical village scene

The residents live mainly from agriculture and fishing, there is also some tourism. So rice , millet , peanuts , watermelons and vegetables are grown. The residents also keep cows , pigs , goats and chickens .

Tourists can experience the rich bird life and mangrove forests on the island .

Artists from the island are known for their sand paintings.


  • Luiz Drude de Lacerda et Volker Linneweber: Case Study of Mangrove Restoration in Mar Lothie, Saloum Islands, Senegal, Mangrove Ecosystems - Function and Management . 2002, p. 113 (engl.)
  • S. Kane: Dynamique et perspective de réhabilitation des écosystèmes dégradés dans l'île de Mar Lothie (Saloum) . Dakar, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, 1998, 1998 (Maîtrise de geographie) (French)

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