InTambacounda we saw also this streetstall with plenty of melons. There was a lot of tropical fruit available in Senegal and the Gambia during our visit.
Instead of Europe where you will find many sorts of vegetables or fruits in the shop or marketstall of the greengrocer, you will find in Africa often stalls with only one or two types of fruit.
In the period we travelled in the region, it looked like it was the harvest time of the melons, because there were so many stalls all along the road with huge amounts of melons.
Arcs in Tambacounda Region: Arcs Arcs in Tambacounda Region
On the side of the road in many towns in Tamba Region, you can find these types or arches. they are often made with metal material and put some strange decoration aldo with metal pieces. they paint these arcs in very strong colours giving it a very odd looking objects.
What to buy: coloured metal arcs. Sorry about the picture not being in very good shape but I took it while driving.
Ceramic pots Velingara: Ceramic pots Velingara
On the streets of VelingaraI found very different objects selling on the street. Actually I found that the city produces lots of different craft that is after reselled in other regions of the country. Its close contact with the border with The Gambia makes a very important place in economic terms for local people and both border cities Velingara Senegal side and Basse Santa-Su Gambian side.
What to buy: These special and caracteristic ceramics can be found here at a very good price. People sell them on te road side on the main street heading Casamance region.
Shop streets in Velingara-Border with The Gambia: Shop streets in Velingara-Border with The Gambia
Velingara is a very organized border town. Just a few kms away from The Gambian border here you can find almost everything at a very nice price. You have the main street of town full of shops full of goods and products to sell.
What to buy: Everything you might need on a emergency.
Ritual Masks-Dakar: Ritual Masks-Dakar
In Dakar, near the Port you have many streets that sell old mask. Some are fake and are atcually new just put on the sun to look old, but, if you know this subject you can find really good masterpieces at a very good price. I was ofered to buy 3 big masks for about 100euros. Only the price of one in Europe would be almost twice of three times higher.
What to buy: Masks and old handicarft from West Africa. You have ritual mask from Mali to Ghana, to Burkina Faso to Togo. Its just a matter of choice and negociate the price.
What to pay: The price depends on the age of the object you have in mind, its size and on your capacity of making good deals.
Marche Sandanga-Dakar: Marche Sandanga-Dakar
This is the most warm, strong, chaotic, cheerful, noisy, stinkful, dark market I've been to. This is a must while visiting the big city. You can buy almost everything in this big centreville 2 flights building market.
What to buy: This market only almost sells food and food related goods. On the streets nearby you can buy other type of things specialy local handicraft.
Galerie Nationale d'Art-Dakar: Galerie Nationale d'Art-Dakar
This is a very plesant art gallery in centreville Dakar. You can go inside but not make pictures. Theres usually great Senegalese painters exhibiting there and you can have an idea of how the Senegalese contemporary art is doing nowadays.
What to buy: For what I've seen, this should be a very good opportunity of buying very well known senegalese artists that actually live outside senegal (with international carrer) at a lower price than buying it in Paris...
What to pay: Even though, expect to pay a lot of money. These artists are the top of senegal and in France they are worth thousands...
Paintings in Goree Island: Paintings in Goree Island
In Goree Island you have dozens of street art sellers that exhibit their traditional senegalese look like paintings on the streets and in strategic point all around the island. You'll see the paintings usually look all the same. If youre interested on buying some, you could stay talking to the artists and make pretty good business on very interesting works of art.
What to buy: Canvas and painted tissues. Every artist have its own personal style, but the influences coma all from the same place of course. They are from senegal and they paint what they are, no doubt. Its a good chance of getting unique pices of art i say.
What to pay: Depends on your hablity of dealing and in how many paintigs you will buy.
Market in Tambacounda: Market in Tambacounda
This is one of the liviest markets I've seen in the country. Many goods can be found here cos this city stands to be the economic centre for all the East part of the country, everyone from other parts of eastern Senegal comes here to buy goods.
What to buy: You can buy almost everything, from china imported tissues to fruit, onions and traditional handicraft, typical senegalese painted tissues and other fabrics ,all bath and beuty products and basicaly everything you could imagine.
What to pay: The price will depend on your hability to argue and make business. As they see you are a tourist they will double or triple te price of goods.
What to buy: Everywhere you go you can find souvenir shops and art shops, along the main roads in the big cities, along the coastline and near tourist attractions.
In Senegal you can find many artists, but most of the articles are produced in mass production.
Animal art, masks, wooden statues, batiks, local cloths, music instruments and much more
many: Musical memories
What to buy: Some of the best contemporary music in the world comes out of Senegal, no doubt about it.
Experience this while you drift through Dakar's bars and music houses.
Bring some of these memories with you in the form of cassettes and CDs that you can buy on every street corner. However, watch the quality of what you buy. Lots of pirated music.
Better even, buy a drum! I was thinking to buy one on my last trip, but decided my luggage load was big enough. I now regret that, and on my next visit I will definitely get a drum...
What to pay: Most "African drums" for sale in your home country are probably from Senegal or made by Senegalese, so you will have an idea of the price before you set out from Senegal. Deciding factors are of course size and quality and the fame of the drum maker.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Souvenirs and presents
Music instruments as Djemb? and Kora. Very nice glass jewelry. Handmade dresses and skirts, pottery, beautiful batiks, paintings, masks etc. are the souvenirs which remember you of the nice population and their hard working.
What to pay: Don't forget to bargain until 1/2 of the priceRelated to:
- Family Travel
Potatoes and Onions on the road: Potatoes and Onions on the road
On the side of the road in Senegal you can buy potatoes and onions by big sacks. The price is cheap.
What to buy: Big sacks of potatoes and onions.
What to pay: cheap
Bin Laden Stickers...
When i was in Senegal back in the summer of 2002, Bin Laden stickers were all over the place. I should have picked some up, but wasn;t too sure how the US customs and immigration would take it...
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