Cathédrale Notre Dame
Cathédrale Notre Dame
Sometimes too eager salesmen in the streets
In a nutshell
Good place to make a first visit to Africa
Lac rose - the pink lake
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...
Visit Ile de Gorée - Dakar
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...
Visit the Bandia animal reserve
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...
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...
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...
Write to Friends and Family
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....
Enjoy the Local Color
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.
This excellent restaurant was really out of my budget, but it was my last day and I had some money left, so I decided to give myself a gift. This sea products restaurant is located on a pier, near the Lagoon hotel. You can seat at the pier or inside, where there is a typical...
varies: the club scene
There are several clubs to choose from. Do not expect air conditioning! And bring your own toilet tissue! Wipe ups is a good idea also. Do not be surprised to see unisex bathrooms. Yes, that's what I said. Unisex.
The places I have seen are pretty lenient. But they were...
Dakar to Ziguichor and Cap Skiring by boat
Every friday and tuesday, departure at 8 pm (check in between 3 and 7 pm), arrival at 10 am in Ziguinchor, 15500 CFA for a reclining chair, from 18500 CFA for a bed.Returning at 3pm every thursday and sunday.From there to Cap Skiring by a Sept Place (shared taxi), 1700 CFA...
Lac Rose is a good distance from the port, at least an hour and a half, so it was nice to have transportation to and from in a luxury bus with air conditioning, even if it did not provide adventure. Along the way I made another Brasilian friend, Thereza.
Auto Parts Outlet: Anything you need
The Picture can not do this justice, as this building went on for quite a while with auto parts on the roof in the building spilling out of doorways in the yard. It was quite a sight.
If you need parts for your vehicle and you can't find it here. I guess that you are out of...
Woman on Beach: African Dolls
We were not allowed to leave the trucks, but they would stop (for pictures), and local sellers would come and hawk there wares. The people are colorfully dressed. This woman had dolls.
If you like the goods and are willing to pay the price you can get your souveniers...
I don't know how you feel about this..
Alot of people don't believe. That is your choice. But heed the warning anyway. Especially if you are of light complexion, or have light hair or eyes. People will try to take some of your hair. Voodoo. And if you see a lost little kitten...even if it breaks your heart..leave it. It has had a spell put on it. When you travel to another's country...do not take their culture lightly. Especially if you just choose not to understand.
Written Jun 11, 2007
General safety tips Dakar and outside Dakar
Dakar felt more of a hassle than violent. Coming from New Orleans, where we have been robbed at gun point and had a man shot to death outside our back fence, we probably viewed Dakar a little differently. However, being pick pocketed in Senegal is a major possibility- my...
Be Careful of Hokkers
I am leaving in Dakar since last one year. When you walk down on streets, please be careful of hokkers hanging arround you and offering many things. Never show any interest at time if you don't buy they create troubles. Locals always take their side if there is trouble and...
Private beaches vs Public beaches
In Dakar there are public & private beaches. Private are usually propoerty of hotels or clubs so you have to de a guest to enter; or pay a small fee. In public beaches you can go free.Usually, private beaches are better equiped and used by white people, while in public...
Swim at the restaurant
If you go have lunch to the Lagoon 1 restaurant, you can take a swim and sunbath while you wait for the food (or after the dessert). The restaurant is located at a pier in the Corniche, and you can swim there.
boat trip and beating drums
Favorite thing: You can take a local boat trip across the bay..which is a must for the gutsy. Especially if you cannot swim! lol I truly miss the sound of the voodoo drums at night. They go almost all night and lull you into a trance-like sleep. And awakening by the minaret in the morning call to prayer. Church services are nice..although the benches need some padding. You will need a fan, and unless you speak French..a translator. A specific fried fish that is served with rice at a restaurant in Fann Hock. Chez Adama. Kitty corner from a market and next to a seamstress. She is a good seemstress by the way. And the young man named Omar at the market is a sweetie.
Fondest memory: See above
Unfortunately, all my photos have been lost. But I would not have traded the experience for the world. We as Americans are spoiled. Americans do not appreciate what they have. I still believe each woman in Africa deserves a good washing machine! God bless them. They have a hard life. But the life in Africa has meaning. I that is what will stay in my heart. I pray one day to be able to return.
Written Jun 11, 2007
Explore Deeper into Dakar
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