Goree Island is one of the nineteen municipalities of Dakar, only two kilometres from the port; it took us about thirty minutes to get there. You can't take your car, as there are no cars on the island. It was discovered by the Portuguese in 1444, and until 1848, when the French abolished slavery, it was the heart of the slave trade here. Today you can see a museum all about slavery, and there's plenty to appeal to tourists, with people selling traditional crafts, including some made from recycled materials like brass or battery parts. There are hotels and restaurants, with rather nice traditional music (especially percussion) that makes quite a treat after dinner. The church here is quite interesting, for all the saints are portrayed as black people. This was where Pope John Paul II apologised to Africa on behalf of the Catholic Church for the slave trade. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1978, it's well worth spending a day here, to enjoy its streets lined with bougainvillea.
We got to the area of Island of Las Conchas where we were going to collect some shells first thing in the morning, because it was low tide. This let us to see one of the main activities of the inhabitants of the island and that is what gives the name: the cockle sand. The women were divided into groups and are filling the baskets. Meanwhile, the children enjoyed playing football
A piece of paradise 15 minutes from Dakar. I remember about 30 years ago as a child going on vacation to the coast of Andalusia where you could eat fried fish on the shore and stick your feet in the sand, watching the vendors trying to sell you necklaces of shells or even prickly pears. Anyway, I am sidetracked... if you want a similar experience, Ngor is the place for you.... it also has good, cheap beer!
A little treasure south of Senegal, an island flanked by the river Casamance and whose nearest city is Elinkine. Around 200-300 people live on the island and although there isn't too much to see (Breton church in ruins, a half sunk pier, former slave prison and the old colonial cemetery) the real magnet for the soul is the atmosphere, friendly treatment and sunsets on a nearly deserted beach. When the tide is low, the sea reveals ancient shipwrecks. Children can have fun without even realising while you stand still and the hours pass peacefully. There was a lot of suffering here, due to the slave trade....Thus, in just a few lines, I have disclosed my treasured memories of this place .. The rest you will have to experience for yourself. Everyday something secret happens, but I can't give it away, you'll have to go and discover it yourself! It leaves locals and tourists speechless!
This island is in the Saloum River Delta. It is said that it was made from shells that the locals have put there for centuries. In the Hotel Keur Saloum they will offer you a three-hour tour. It's big and has some interesting Baobab trees. The also call its fruit - monkey bread. It is pleasant tasting. The tree reaches 20 meters high and ten meteres of girth. Legend says that if you drink water in which the seeds were soaked you stay free of crocodile attacks. Interesting