This is the story of my journey in search of the legend of the Wanjilanko. It begins in a village in a remote corner of Senegal. In this small village there are still people who treat the ordinary lion as sacred and it is to them I go first in search of the Wanjilanko. The lion-men are a fascinating group in their own right. They believe they can communicate with the lion and these great cats are often found in the vicinity of the town along with numerous other creatures. My journey then takes me into the land of the Jallonke people and the vanishing culture of the Banapas where the sacred animals are the porcupine and the leopard. In the dark and gloomy forests of the huge Tamgue mountain I meet a man who finally gives me answers to my questions and even a piece of skin he says came from a Wanjilanko.
This story will be a fascinating entry into the world of the traditional African hunter and his magic. It is a personal journey into a world that is fast disappearing along with its great creatures - both mythical and real.
As we journey we will have a chance to see many spectacular and rare animals such as the magnificent roan antelope, the endangered West African leopard and of course the maneless lion of Senegal. We will meet those who have seen and smelt the Wanjilanko and in the dark sacred forests we will enter an older world where many realities are possible and even dreams can come true.