SCOOT WEST AFRICA 2018 — LEG 1


LEG ONE: DAKAR TO MAR LODJ


WARANG, SENEGAL: In the morning we were shuttled from Dakar to Warang, just south of M’bour, where we were introduced to our rides. The Chinese-made “Power K” bikes, known locally as “Jakartas”, are some thing in between a scooter and a small motorcycle and are one of the most common forms of local transportation in this part of Africa.…

JOAL, SENEGAL: We had a straightforward drive from Warang to Joal which we used to get comfortable with the bikes before stopping for lunch along the water’s edge where we could look out across and see the bridge to Fadiouth. Apparently that island is known for the fact that its two communities — Christian and Muslim — live side by side and even bury their dead in the same cemetery which is apparently unusual here.…

NDANGANE, SENEGAL: After lunch we rode the rest of the way to a small town called Ndangane which opened up onto the delta and the Marigot de Djilor, a marshy region of small rivers and islands, which began a major theme of this journey — alternating between land and water. In these delta regions it is sometimes even hard to tell what is land and what is water. On a map it is unclear. And in fact sometimes it depends on the time of day. “Islands” appear when the water is low and disappear when the tide rises. The whole area is a massive tidal basin. To explore further we must take a boat, and at the edge of the road, there is a dock with pirogues waiting to take locals or visitors wherever they need to go along the river.…

NDANGANE TO MAR LODJ, SENEGAL: We took one of the Pirogues onto the river for a quick orientation to the tidal basin’s geography as well as a “ride” to our camp on a small island in the middle of it.…

NDANGANE TO MAR LODJ, SENEGAL: The boatman pointed out the Sacred Baobab island which sat alone in the middle of the river, its massive trees stretching up into the sky.…

MAR LODJ, SENEGAL: The boat took us to an island in the middle of “nowhere” with a small dock that led to a small encampment with little huts and electricity run by solar power. A vacation paradise hidden in the bush. We settled in quickly and grabbed a few Gazelles then gathered on the dock to watch the sunset.…