Senegal

Trip Start Nov 14, 2010
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Trip End Aug 18, 2011


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zebrabar

Flag of Senegal  , Saint-Louis,
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Before writing this entry as I'm sitting in our comfortable bar in Bamako on what is now

Boxing day - I must first apologies for the delay in completing this latest entry. My

excuse for what its worth has been the lack of electricity, connection and my own general

laziness - but what the hell its Christmas!!

Anyway following our last bush camp near the Senegal border we headed for the crossing at

the lesser used Diama crossing). This border is closed in the wet season so had been open

for around a month when we arrived for what was ultimately a surprisingly smooth entry

process into our third official country of the grand tour.

Senegal immediately struck me as an entirely distinct culture from that seen in our last

few weeks as we entered Black Africa proper. Also my impression was of a more wealthy

country being immediately evident and the quality of life seemed pretty good (as an outsider at least).

After a few days bush camping we headed to our home for the next 3 nights - being the

pleasant and well run Zebrabar campsite, located in the Lang de Barbarie national park and

not far form the famous colonial town of St Louis. The campsite is situated in an idyllic

wooded area (with the soft sandy ground ideal for my tent) and right on the river. We also

had the option of a boat trip, windsurfing and kayaking and being welcomed by cold beer

for the first time this was a happy place for me to stay!

After a relaxing first night, the highlight being the invention of a new camping game -

"Beercan Jenga" (I was proud to be named the first official world champion and world record

holder at 11 cans height!). Its an ideal game which requires only empty beer cans (which

were never short of) and people with time on their hands - again not in short supply.
Next

day we had free on the camp and so I took the option to go on the boat trip which was a

lovely relaxing way to spend the morning - we saw an array of bird life (for which this

part of Senegal is famous for) and then stopped on the other side of the river - dodging

the many crabs and walked over to the nearby beach. After about half an hour (which I used

part of it to practice my stone skimming technique) we headed back and had the rest of the

day free.

I was so impressed by the other side of the river that myself and Lindi decided to swim the

 few k's all in all to the other side and back - have to admit im a bit out of practice on my

swimming technique but it was good exercise!

The next day we got a lift into St Louis (part of the reason being to extend the truck

license to stay in Senegal as we were only aloud 48 hours at the border - Impossible to

cross to Mali in this time...). In addition it was again my turn for cook group (they seem

to come around quicker and quicker!) so we wondered over to the local market to pick up

supplies (we decided on Lasagne). St Louis is famous for being West Africa's first French

settlement and point from which the obvious large influence has grown to surrounding

countries. The town itself had a plethora of interesting colonial architecture - a clear

sign of the French influence and generally I found the town had a very laid back and

friendly feel. After stopping also for a bite to eat and Grant and Andi being able to

successfully extend our Truck pass to 5 days we headed back to camp.

The last evening in Zebrabar was for me spent cooking the dinner of Lasagne - although this

went down well and feeling completely full I rolled into bed (after a much needed shower).

The next week or so would prove to be dominated by some long and sometimes very dusty

drives in the ever rising heat and a clear 6 bush camps in a row before (hopefully) arriving

into the city of Bamako for Christmas...
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