Archive for the ‘Senegal’ Category

Petite Côte

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

A visit to Petite Cote will take you south east of the capital of Senegal which is Dakar, and if it is pleasurable beach fun that brings you here or just for the chance to see the excellent fishing villages, your time here is bound to be filled with sun filled excitement. There is also a sea that is known for its calmness right here at Petite Cote which is also protected from high winds thanks to the Cap –Vert Peninsula.

You could begin your tour of the Petit Cote with a visit to the famous seaside resort known as Saly where there is plenty of good hotel accommodations available and that is why it is a veritable Mecca for tourists who are attracted by the excellent activities provided here including windsurfing, fishing, water skiing, tennis and swimming as well as horse riding and more.

Mbodiene, Petite Cote, Senegal

Some of the best beaches are found south of Saly in places such as Nianing as well as Mbodiene and you can also find many clams and even oysters in the waters not too far from the shores. Another striking place to visit is Fadiouth Island while you can also go to Mbour as well as Mbodiene and Joal-Joal that is the native place of Senegalese President named Leopold Senghor.

While, if you travel another sixty kilometers from the capital Dakar you should come to a tiny village known as Popenguine that is situated on a seashore that lies sandwiched between Somone and also Toubab Diallal and this place has been frequented by many thousands of young Christians who come to this sanctuary each year following Whit and the practice has been going on since the year 1888.

Thus, any visit to Petite Cote will allow you to enjoy the seventy odd kilometers of a coast that extends from Rufisque to Joal Fadiouth with many villages in between including Yene, Ndayane, Toubab Diallao and also Somone and even Ngaparou where the beaches are very inviting indeed.

Dakar – Hospitality Thy Name Is Dakar

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Dakar is the Capital City of Senegal (Africa) situated on the Cape Verde Peninsula on the Western edge of Africa. Its huge economic and tourist fame has been promoted by its strategic location, i.e. the Western-most city in Africa which is the best departure-arrival point for European and trans-Atlantic trading and travel.

The Major Attractions of Dakar

When you visit Dakar you would be surprised by the cleanliness of the city. This is a modern and cosmopolitan city which is a major tourist attraction. The people here are famous for their exceptional hospitality which leaves all the tourists overawed and overwhelmed. Wherever you go there will be someone ready to help and guide you taking out time from their busy schedule to assist you. This is simply amazing.

Dakar, Senegal

The Beaches – there are two major beaches in Dakar, i.e. the Plage Bel-Air and the N’Gor and Yoff. Incidentally, this beach is also famous as the cleanest of all. Two more beaches are worth a visit – the Yenn and the Toubab Dialao. From here you could also enjoy the spectacular view of the red cliffs.

The History – check out the Ille de Goree (Goree Island) which had been the place from where slaves were packed for America. There is a museum called the House of Slaves which is worth seeing.

Sight Seeing – most of the attraction are around Dakar and be warned that it is quiet a harrowing experience to travel outside the city – however, as the saying goes, ‘No pain, no gain” if you want to enjoy some great spots, you need to risk the trip.

The first thing to visit is the old capital of Senegal, the St Louis. Here you would be able to enjoy some great nightlife, excellent natural beauty in the bird sanctuaries and parks, and an exceptional appetizing cuisine.

The other amazing spot that you need to see is the Sine Saloum Delta. The trip within the Delta by pirogue is by itself a great experience. Use a pre-paid guide to show you around so ou could make the most of your trip.

Just an overnight trip away from Dakar is the Casamance where you would find some amazing beaches and the friendliest people in the world (if that can be possible). Your target is the Cap Skirring which is a major tourist attraction.

If you have a religious bent of mind and want to combine your vacation with a little spiritual experience, visit the Touba which is a highly venerated religious center just a day away from Dakar.

Shopping in Dakar – those who love shopping would not be disappointed by Dakar. You have the Islam Couture where you can highly qualitative (and expensive) African embroidered garments. Then you have the flea markets, Marche Sandaga, Marche HLM and Marche Kermel where you can buy absolutely anything under the sky. You will find some wonderfully quaint restaurants and food stall on the top of the three storied Marche Sadanga where you could enjoy both the local cuisine and the panoramic view of the city.