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    Lac rose - the pink lake

    by hannette Written Dec 24, 2012

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    25km North of Dakar lays Lac Retba, also known as Lac Rose (Pink lake), which has is name from the colour of its waters due the salt and the algae. Particularly in the dry season, the colour gets really pink. In other periods it tends to look rather mauve.
    Thanks to the high concentration of salt in the water, it enables you to float in it easily, exactly like in the Dead Sea.

    A small industry of collecting salt is also present.

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    Visit Ile de Gorée - Dakar

    by MikeBird Updated Jul 4, 2010

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    Other people have mentioned the obvious places on the island like the yellow painted church and the Maison des Esclaves.

    You will almost certainly be approached by people offering to guide you round the island. We preferred to avoid the standard tour and armed with a Guide book we explored the island on our own. There was plenty to see and the harbour has a number of waterside restaurants all serving a variety of interesting and appetising food.

    You will need to be prepared for the inevitable marketing ploy of street traders engaging you in conversation whilst trying to sell their wares. I was amused by the strategy of one trader who asked our names and then quickly passed them on down the line of other stall holders so that by the time you had reached the end of the stalls the final owner approached you personally by name even though you'd not visited their stall before. I defy anyone not to buy at least several souvenirs from these stalls.

    The photos will give you a sense of the history and architecture of the place.

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    Visit the Bandia animal reserve

    by alamar Written Apr 30, 2010
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    One of the acitivies I enjoyed most in Dakar was the visit to the Bandia animal reserve. It has a lot of beautiful jiraffes, zebras, crocodiles, white rinhos, no elephants though. They walk free in a natural setting, no fences (just for the crocodiles of course). You pay an entrance fee and enter it on a van. The guides let you step out of the van and next to the animals when possible. There are many baobabs as well. I really loved it. It is located some kms outside of Dakar, and that way you also get to see the outskirts of the city, some less touristic villages and get a broader impression of the place. You can take a taxi to get there. The excursions are usually expensive. Negotiate the price of the taxi beforehand, of course.

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    Pink Lake

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 24, 2009

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    This is the dead sea of Senegal a true natural phenomenon. Due to the high salinity of the lake it shimmers pink with the African sky. Besides being a nice outing as a day trip to explore the Senegalese countryside one can also see the locals harvesting the salt from the lake. If you like to take a "dip" remember to bring a towel!

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    Ile de Goree

    by kaloz Written Nov 17, 2008

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    Ile de Goree

    I did not get to go to the Ile de Goree, as I chose the Lac Rose tour instead. This island was used as a staging area for the slave trade. Sort of like Alcatraz is an island prison, so too was the Ile de Goree. It is quite the anomoly that this pictuesque island has such a dark history.

    Without that history this island would probably be a rich persons resort.

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    Write to Friends and Family

    by kaloz Written Nov 17, 2008

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    US Mail? in Dakar, Senegal

    I send a lot of postcards and I have a scheme to make them special. Each card is written in the language of the country visited. Here in Dakar, Senegal my post cards were in French. Since I do not speak all the languages of my travels, I get help from the local newspaper. Foreign newspapers are fairly easy to read, even if you do not speak the language. You may not get every word, but the ideas can be understood. I write out the headlines on my cards and get many reactions, "What did it say?" is most common.

    In Dakar I found a US Mail letter tray in the market where I purchased my paper, postcards, and stamps.

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    Enjoy the Local Color

    by kaloz Written Nov 17, 2008

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    Dakar in the dry season has very bland coloring. I think that is why the people choose to garb themselves in brighly colored garments. There is a never ending parade of beautiful garments on display as you travel along the street.

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    Visit the Village

    by kaloz Written Nov 17, 2008

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    We stopped at a village where they know how to take your money. Every time you lift your camera, someone is asking for money. Because the tours stop here regularly, I am sure that these are some of the richest people in the area. It was interesting, even if it was a show, for all I know this might be their reality, but somehow I doubt it. It seemed too staged.

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    Take lots of photos

    by kaloz Written Nov 17, 2008

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    It is impossible to compose that great shot while being buck boarded in the back of a truck. It would be better if we could dismount to get that magical shot, but alas, this tour was about taking our money, not showing us the sights.

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    A visit to Lac Rose

    by kaloz Written Nov 17, 2008

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    Harvesting Salt on Lac Rose
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    Who could resist a trip to see a pink lake. I do not know why the water is pink, but it definately is not a color I've seen. It would have been better if this was not an organized tour where we did not stop to explore. Others had more adventure, securing another ride to the lake, but they were able to bring back a bottle of pink water and some salt. This picture is not enhansed, you can see the pinkish hue, not like the postcards, but the camera did not really capture the color that you see with your eye.

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    Place de l'Independence

    by SirRichard Written Oct 7, 2008

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    Place de l'Independence Dakar

    This is the main square here in Dakar, the centre of the modern town, where the main babks and Government buildings are. Come here for changing money, take a cafe-au-lait or take a look at the street stalls in the arcades. As most touristic places, there are a few touts, just say no and be polite, no much to worry about...

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    Visit Goree Island

    by Toshioohsako Updated Jun 30, 2008

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    The Island of Goree lies off the coast of Senegal (approximately 30 minutes by boat). It was the largest slave-trading center on the African coast during 15th and the 19th century) On the place where slaves were shipped, there is a museum which one can visit and know more about the history of slavery in Africa.

    Our history slowly evolved to learn that slavery is wrong and inhuman. I am convinced that when we talk about human rights of others, we have to keep in mind that no country was a perfect human right-practioner from a historical perspective. Indeed, it took us for centuries to realize the simple fact that slavery is wrong.

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    Independance Square

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 7, 2008

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    The green oasis right in the heart of the business area of Dakar is the Independance Square. Lined with banks, offices and embassies this square commemorates the independance of the country from France in 1956. A large moument in the centre of the square remembers the event.

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    Goree Island

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 7, 2008

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    A must see when visiting Dakar is a trip to Goree Island. Goree Island is less than four kilometres away from Dakar. It is located in the middle of the natural harbour formed by the south coast of the Cap- Vert Peninsula. It thus represents a safe anchorage. This explains why the island was, since the 15th century and for centuries, a high stake for different European countries which successively used it as stops and slave markets.
    In Dutch, the island is called “Goede Reede”. In Wolof, it becomes “Beer”. Now, the island is commonly known as Goree. By the end of the 18th century, Goree was a prosperous crossroad where tradesmen, soldiers as well as officials lived in sumptuous scenery. Yet, it was also then a gateway to hell for thousands of African slaves.

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    Porte Millenaire

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 7, 2008

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    This monument was built in 2001 and is symbolic of Dakar's past and future. Looking through the door, one can see Gorée Island, representing the colonial past, and the ocean, representing the global future. The sculpture with the horn is welcoming the twenty-first century.

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