Ile de Goree Travel Guide

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Ile de Goree Things to Do

  • Île de Gorée – Castle

    As we continued towards the far end of the island (south side) away from where we left the ferry, we headed up the hill towards the ruins of the castle. Along the way we passed numerous artists selling their paintings. There is an artist’s school on the island which trains people in a specific style, obvious because most all of them sold similar...

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  • Île de Gorée – Church of St. Charles...

    The oldest church in Senegal is the Church of Saint Charles Borromée on Goree Island. Located in the center of the island in the Place de l’Eglise, the provincial style church sits on one end of the square. Built in 1830, it was paid for by public contributions.It was free to enter the church and we wandered around the well-used and worn church....

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  • Île de Gorée – House of Slaves

    Most people come to Goree Island to see the House of Slaves, the original house where many Africans were placed on ships as slaves. There is some debate on how many actually left from Goree, with most believing that not very many left from Goree and the majority of slaves leaving from Saint Louis off the coast of northern Senegal. No matter how...

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  • Île de Gorée - Fort d'Estrees

    The remains of Fort d’Estrees on the northern end of the island clearly visible as the ferry approaches the island houses the Museum of Senegal History, which includes thirteen different rooms arranged chronologically from prehistoric era and archeological finds to when Senegal achieved its independence in 1960. The displays are in French and,...

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  • Former slave house

    One of the main attractions of the island is the former Slave House. Actually not that many slaves were 'processed' from here, more from St. Louis up to the north and Gambia up to the south. But it remains a testimony of the horrors of the slave trade throughout the Atlantic world.

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  • The Castle

    At the north part of the island there is a slope with an old castle, from where you can have a nice view of the island and even see Dakar on the horizon. You can go there walking.

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  • Maison des Esclaves

    This is the house where the slaves were kept before the ships took them to America. Nowadays it¡s a museum where you can visit the cells and the gate through which they were introduced into the ship.

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  • The Slavery Monument

    On the highest point of Goree Island one can find the Slavery Monument. The Monument was built in the shape of a ship commemorating all those who perished or were forced to leave the African continent on the voyage to the new world.

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  • The Slave House - Exhibition

    The former lavish quarters of the slave house traders are in vast contrasts to the cramped cells of where the slaves were held. Today one can find an interesting exhibition that shows pictures, maps and other items explaining in detail what the slave trade entailed.

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  • The Slave House - Museum Curator

    I have attended many museum visits but none was as powerfull and to the point as the one of the curator of the Slave House. If you head across on the 10 am ferry he conducts a tour just after 10:30 am and will give you in few words the entire history of the slave trade.

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  • World Heritage Site - Goree Island

    The former slave island of Goree is a World Heritage site, just in the bay of Dakar. Here it the grave history is preserved under the protecions of the UNESCO ensuring that for centuries to come one of the worse chapters of African history does not go by forgotten.

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  • The Slave House

    This was one of the many slave houses along the West African coast. Due to its close proximity to the New World many slaves were shipped from here. Each load accommodated 150 - 300 slaves from all over Senegal as well as other West African countries, such as The Gambia, Benin, Mali and others.

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Ile de Goree Restaurants

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    Daughter-in-law wanted us to try a Senegalese burger which is sold on Goree Island at the Nono Café. Not your typical burger but quite tasty all the same – a thin beef patty served on a bun but instead of your usual lettuce and tomato, the burger is topped with a fried egg and French fries. There is also some sort of “special sauce” – I’m not quite...

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  • Breakfast at the Hostellerie

    If you arrive to the island early, you'll have to wait till 10:30 when most of the museums open. A good place (I think the only one) to have breakfast then is the Hostellerie du Chevallier de Boufflers, the red house at the right as you go down the ferry.There you get a huge breakfast with tea/coffee and as much bread as you can eat. The decoration...

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  • Harbour terraces

    By the beach, right where the ferry is, you will find many terraces serving fresh fish and other local specialities.

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Ile de Goree Transportation

  • Ferry to Île de Gorée (Goree Island)

    Île de Gorée is an island not far from the port of Dakar. To visit the island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, you must take the ferry, which departs the port regularly throughout the day.We arrived at the port by taxi and were immediately approached by tour operators and people selling sunglasses and hats. After we went through the port...

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  • Ferry to Ile de Gôree

    The ferry goes about every 1 to 2 hours, takes about 30min and is very reliable and safe.It costs about 5000 CFA (€7,5 / $10) for an adult and 2000 CFA for a child.

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  • The ferry

    The ferry to Goree takes about 30 min or so either way. There are basically two identical boats that make the trip from Dakar. Don't know if you can see the sched in the pic but the boats fun every 30 min to an hour during the day.

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Ile de Goree Shopping

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    Art

    by SirRichard Written Sep 28, 2008

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    One of Goree's specialities is the local paintings, colourful and very "african". You will find many street stalls on the way up to the Castle. Bargain always. In some stalls you can see the artists doing their work.

    What to pay: Much cheaper here than in Dakar

    Art in the streets
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Ile de Goree Local Customs

  • Moustapha Dime

    We learned about Moustapha Dime from our impromptu tour guide of the artist colony of Goree Island. We were shown his home, which was in a former lookout tower on the fortress left from colonial days. It was here that Dime created some of the African art he became internationally famous for. Dime, an award winning sculptor who died in 1998 at the...

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  • Throw money and they'll get it!!!

    I wouldn't say that this is something that I approve of exactly, but on this continent... I can understand! These boys/men are swimming around the bay when you arrive. They will be shouting for you to throw money at them! When you do, they dive down like there is no tomorrow!!! They will get it too!I think it is dangerous because of the propellers,...

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Ile de Goree Warnings and Dangers

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    People

    by africateach Written Mar 18, 2005

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    One thing I will say is that there are a lot of beggars on this island. Most of them are not of the bad pressure type. Wat is truly sad is to see the illnesses that they are afflicted with. Most of them do not live on the island, but will come over from the mainland because of the tourists. I have been one to give a little to some and none to others, but the real hassle comes from the vendors! If you like to haggle, you have come to the right place, but to tell ya the truth, their art is usually worth more than they ask.

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Ile de Goree Tourist Traps

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    locals who want 'something'

    by hannette Written Mar 4, 2013

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    As this is a tourists spot it might attract people who don't necessarily have good intentions. As an innocent girl I was quite easily trapped into the sweet talks of some locals who are kind at first sight but actually want something from you.

    Fun Alternatives: Remain calm but keep your distance.

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Ile de Goree Off The Beaten Path

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    No cars

    by SirRichard Written Sep 28, 2008

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    Being a small island, all streets at Goree are stone cobbled and there are no cars in the island. So there is a nice relaxed atmosphere, and you can go anywhere just walking.

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Ile de Goree Favorites

  • Flora and Fauna of Île de Gorée

    I really enjoyed the beautiful flowering plants that were all over Dakar and Île de Gorée. Bright and cheerful bougainvillea in pinks and whites were my favorites as they appeared even in the driest and dirtiest areas. Fan palms and interesting cacti added to the unique botanical treats of this island. Clearly, the favorite plant in Senegal is the...

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  • Nice Beach

    After walking around the island and visiting the museum make a stop at the beach. It's nice to relax and take a dip before taking the ferry back to Dakar.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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