Senegal Local Customs

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    THE PHOTO THAT CAUSED CONFUSION
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    traditional Senegalese dish
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    Africans don´t need many dishes
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Senegal Local Customs

  • ENTRY INTO SENEGAL FROM THE GAMBIA

    Fathala game reserve, where we were heading, is situated not far over The Gambia/Senegal border.I had gone there on a day trip from The Gambia with Arch-tours.Entry into Senegal, through the border town of Karang, was quite quick. Although I was reported by a passer-by for taking photos of the border control building. An official came and checked...

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  • sharing

    in many street restaurants when going out with friends or when you are invited by some Senegalese people to share a meal you might miss dishes. Traditionally everyone shares the food from the same bowl or big plate. Sharing the bowl does not mean there is no decorum, though: It would be regarded improper to reach over to the spots closer to your...

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  • Riz Wolof

    rice is the traditional staple food in Senegal, and riz Wolof a meal you will find everywhere in different variations. A simple version might be just rice with some tomato sauce on it, the posher version is with meat or fish, or an array of meat and veggies topping the rice with some spicy sauce. it is found in simple street restaurants as well as...

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  • Goat Herding

    The people who live in northern Senegal belong to the Wolof tribe. Most of the Wolof still live traditional lifestyles and rely on goat herding to make a living, although others also herd cattle. The meat and milk of the goats form a staple in the diet of the Wolof, and the goat skins are also put to various uses.When a male baby is born, he is...

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  • Pirogues

    Every morning along the coast of Senegal, fishermen take to the sea in pirogues, long boats that are usually 33 to 49 feet (ten to 15 meters) long. In the afternoon, they sell their catch at beach markets. The base of each pirogue is made from silk-cotton wood, which is soft and spongy. The wood is left outside for about eight months to weather in...

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  • Children

    Children are always happy to see you. I was advised by my guides that in remote villages children appreciate sweets because they rarely get them.

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  • Gouloumbou, monkey in the garden

    In front of the entrance of the restaurant at the Auberge in Gouloumbou I saw this nice monkey. It was not the first auberge or campement I saw, where they have a monkey as domestic pet. Mostly the monkeys are tied with a long rope, so they can walk around a bit.This one looked rather healthy and nice, but be careful they can be sometimes also very...

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  • Round huts with thatched roofs in Dar...

    At the Dar Salam entrance of the Niokolo Koba Park we had to wait some time for the paying of the entrance fee and arranging our guide. Beside the road, leading into the park, are some traditional Senegalese round huts with nicily thatched roofs. I liked the possibility to have a closer look at it, because I'm always interested in traditional...

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  • Tambacounda, furniture workshop

    Around the corner, only a 100 M from the welding workshop, we also were sitting a long time, waiting for our turn at the cybercafe. I was allready used to the fact, that in Africa you have to wait a lot for almost everything. Take it as an advantage.I was never disappointed for all the waiting, because when you sit down somewhere in the shade at...

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  • Tambacounda, local transport

    Waiting at the welding workshop till our car would be repaired, it was nice not only to look at the streetstalls and little shops, but also at all the people and all means of transportation passing by. There were many horse carts, used by younger as well older people, like these three, nicily dressed old men. With so many horses in town I got the...

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  • Tambacounda, containers

    While we were sitting in the shade at the welding workshop in Tambacounda, we had a nice look at the streetlife and could see what was going on in the street.Oppsite the workshop there was a interesting streetstall with all kind of plastic containers in different colours. But the most peculiar containers were the ones, made of black innertubes....

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  • Tambacounda, welding workshop

    In Tambacounda we had to look for a welding workshop to repair the imperial of the Mitsubishi Pajero and the shock absorber of the Toyota Landcruiser before we should start our deserttrip.At a side-road of the mainroad into Tambacounda , coming from the Niokolo Koba Park we found a welding workshop. It was very easy to find it, because the...

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  • Characteristic fences of wood

    On our way back from the area north of the Casamanca to the Gambia we took a dirt track and passed a lot of small villages. Along this road we saw a lot of fences around the compounds and the small agricultural fields, to keep the wild animals and cattle out or in. As a landscape-architect, I'm always interested in fences all over the world. I...

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  • Drinking Tea

    Tea drinking is a national sport over there, they will invite you to come along and drink with them.In the beginning it’s interesting, but after a few weeks you’ll change your opinion.Enough is enough. I drank tea enough for the rest of my life.

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  • Incessant beggars

    There are lots and lots of beggars in Senegal, and perhaps the most bothersome part is that parents encourage their children to beg when they see a visitor.It starts fairly innocently asking for a "cadeux", but can actually turn nasty.As a nuisance it doesn't beat the touts and shopkeepers in Dakar, though...

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  • Praying time

    In a muslim country, you must expect for their religious ceremonies to be carried out no matter what.So, if you're taking a long trip in a «rent-a-taxi», you should be patient and allow your driver to make his prayers on his carpet facing Meca.They will do it, despite being in the middle of the desert under 45'C or in the middle of city traffic...

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  • What the...?

    i'm quite sure this isn't exactly a local custom since giraffes aren't commonly found outside of zoos in senegal, but what the hell is that kid doing to that giraffe!? by the way, if that wasn't scarey enough, this mural is on the side of a school in Dakar!

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  • Bargain the prices

    It's useful to bargain when buying all kind of presents ath the local shops or at markets. Once you bargained and obtained a good price you're supposed to purchase and pay the bargained price or you offend the vendor.

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  • Music!!

    One of the nicest Senegalese music instruments must be the Cora or Kora.It is used in the surrounding countries too, Mali, Gambia....The English talking call it Kora, the French talking (like Senegalese) call it Cora.I am writing this with a capital because out of respect of such a heavenly instrument!You can call it the African harp.

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  • Music!!!

    I had the pleasure of enjoying the Senegalese musicians from the tips above.They played wonderful and the singer had a marvelous voice!I want to have their CD !!! :-)

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  • Music!!

    Another fantastic instrument that I love very much is the djembé!Even only a djembé at hand, it's rhythm can bring you in the right mood and spirit!

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    This picture show some sun-dried fish. In the beach, you can't miss that because the fish smells bad !!!

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  • Learn some words of Wolof....

    Learn some words of Wolof. Thats the original language spoken by most of the inhabitants. It's quite dificult to pronounce and people will laugh at you, but they do like it, as natural.

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  • Keep some change handy!

    When out visiting villages, locals etc. It is worth giving a few francs to take someones photo, it is worth it, as they can get quite upset if you try to steal a shot of them.

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Senegal Hotels

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  • Domaine de Nianing

    BP 1810, Dakar, Senegal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Tama Lodge

    Avenue de la mer, Plage des cocotiers - BP 1524, Mbour, BP 1524, Senegal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Terrou-Bi

    Boulevard Martin Luther King, Dakar, 1179, Senegal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Le Warang Hotel

    Route de Nianing, Mbour, 334, Senegal

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar

    Avenue de la Corniche Ouest, Dakar, 16868, Senegal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Le Royal Lodge

    Palmarin Village, MBOUR, 927, SN

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Novotel Dakar

    Our crew hotel was the novotel down town Dakkar. It was nice and clean the rooms were nice aswell. I...

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  • Les Flamboyants

    Quartier Saly Portudal, BP : 1231, Mbour, Senegal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Lagon II

    Space 1999 decor in a tropical haven located in the centre of a city

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