Trip Start Sep 13, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

5.30 pm on a Friday after a day checking out the metropolitan capital of west Africa which is Dakar we presented ourselves at the check in for the Willis Ferry that would take use all the way pas The Gambia and into the Casamance region of Senegal. The boat didn't leave till 8 so watched the sun set and while we were taking off from the port we got to see Dakar by night. Still very quickly we could only see different shades of black with a bright moon as we made our way down the coast of Senegal.
Next morning we went up the Casamance river to the regional capital called Ziguinchor. The Casamance region of Senegal is separated by the rest by a small country called The Gambia. And it is considered to be the most beautiful part of Casamance being extremely green compared to the dryer north and some people consider the beaches to be the most beautiful in all of Africa.
The Casamance region got quite a bit of publicity ever since the Government of Senegal and the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance started a low level civil war. Most of the rebel leaders were in lower Casamance and were supposedly helped by Guinea-Bissau but were chased out but Senegal forces and supposedly left mines in there wake. The few remaining rebels hanged out in upper Casamance near the Gambia border. Nowadays the region is recovering form the bad press and the tourists are coming back.
At Ziguinchor we spent 3 days checking out the place, and left one morning to get to Oussouye which was about halfway to the coast. After meeting a german girl coming the other way Ghalied and I heard about 3 canadians who we had previously met in St Louis so we found them and hit the town. Beer and food here was the cheapest I've found since I've been in Senegal and the local really nice. Yet apart from walkine around and maybe a bike ride there really wasn't all that much to do here, not sure what we did the 4 days we were here. One day I did walk direction to Elinkine (Coast) till I got to the nearest village and checked out a museum. We had the brilliant idea of walking to the coast and hiring a donkey to carry the baggage. But try as I might I couldn't one of the many donkeys the roamed the streets away from their owner. So instead we climbed into a big van with another 50 people and rattled the rest of the way to Elinkine.
With another few tourists we hired a boat and crused up the river till we got to the Carabane island and pent a further 3 days here. Apart from trying to go fish we spent a lot of time on the beach and discovering the town and island. Only problem is when you go swimming the bottom was 2 foot of mud and when we used our shower only brown water came out. So we left and retraced our steps back to Oussouye and left the Canadians who were going north to return to the coast at Cap Skirring.
Cap Skirring is a tourist trap with absolutely beautiful beaches and a huge club med. Luckily there are plenty of smaller hotels along the coast so we found one and spent a further two days here just cruising the beaches before returning to Ziguninchor.
This travel entry is a bit short cos my internet hour is running out and tomorrow I'm off to Guinea-Bissau. Will try and come back and pad with ideas later.
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