A March 2000 trip
to Senegal by Peter Reed
Quote: A real travel experience - the colours sights and smells of West Africa. From the hustle of Dakar to the bush villages and colonial past of St. Louis
We flew to Gambia, met Alison, and travelled by bush taxi for 6hrs up to Dakar. A really bustling city. Fancy a bite? try the sandwich stalls on every corner - tuna and salad for . Want colourful material? It's everywhere in the markets.
Another bush taxi for 4hrs.- including stop for puncture and engine repairs - no plush garage, just a shack with stacked high with tyres and spare parts.- if they haven't got the part they make it.
Arrived in St.Louis - stayed at Post Office hotel - with memorabilia from first Air Mail Service from Europe to South America. Town has colonial French feel - like a crumbling New Orleans- quieter than Dakar. Fishermen with nets sprawled on the shore - colourful pirogues lining the shore - women in brilliant costumes, often dancing in small groups at the side of the road.
To avoid bush taxi between Gambia and Dakar, take plane - 30-seater with real leather seats - flight takes 40 minutes (instead of 6hrs.by bush taxi).
Hotel | "Post Office Hotel"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2002
Hotel de la Poste
Rue Du General De Gaulle
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2002