La foret classée, le lac de Madarounfa et les tombeaux des 99 saints
La foret classée, le lac de Madarounfa et les tombeaux des 99 saints is part of the Tentative list of Niger in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The forest, lake and tombs of Madarounfa comprise a mixed proposal. The sacred tombs of the 99 saints are found around and in the lake. They date from different periods. Some of them are submerged in the lake.
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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
This site lays near the border with Nigeria, about 20 km from main Nigerien road connecting Zinder and Niamey. It contains three elements: Lake Madarounfa with neighbouring 'classical forest' as well as the tombs of 99 saints. During our short stay we could not locate the tombs, but we crossed the forest (in fact, not very dense and not spectacular at all) and spent a while on the shore of the lake. The lake itself is not spectacular but we loved the experience a lot – this is because after 15 minutes since we arrived there was whole village came to see a group of white strangers. There was a lot of talk, smiles and photos. Obviously I cannot fully assess the OUV of this place as we did not see the main component of “tombs of the saints”. Based on what we saw the site itself is ordinary with no real outstanding value.
2006 Added to Tentative List
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