laid back and interesting
a must see
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
This was the last stop all African slaves saw once they were shipped from Goree Island. Put in chains they were led over a wooden pier to the waiting sail boat. Those who jumped and swam away were either shot or eaten by sharks. For the African slaves this was the last time they saw the African continent.more
This fortress is a museum now for tourists who can get in depth information on the people that lived on and defended this island. It still has (now not opperational) the cannons used to defend this land. Cost is about 1 dollar USD but totally worth it! We went there last and almost missed our boat!more
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...more
The food at the restaurant was not bad. They had an assortment of fish, chicken and beef that were all prepared in the local fashion... simple but decent. I will say one thing... they jack up the prices more than at usual tourist spots!!! A bottle of water cost almost 6 dollars USD!!! So remember to bring it with you!!!more
There is a ferry that goes almost constantly from Dakar to Goree and retour. It starts at 6:15 and stops at midnight, so you won't have problems in getting there and back.If you wanna visit the museums... they open at 10:30, so don't take any ferry before 9:30 unless you want to wait there at the island till they open...5000 CFA (7,5 euros) for...more
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
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, but at least they are keeping cool!
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.
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.
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.
Favorite thing: 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.