SENEGAL

I recently visited Senegal for two weeks and I would like to give you my input as to our travel for your link.

Dakar:
At the time we were traveling 10,000 CFA = approx. 15 Euros.

We stayed at Hotel du Pharr for the first three days of our travel and it was so pleasant, that we also spent our last two nights there. Eric and his Team keep a clean inexpensive small hotel (10 rooms) that has a very warm atmosphere. The prices for food and drink are moderate; meals range between 4,000 – 8,000 CFA (and as we later learned, if it’s not on the menu, ask… they’ll try and arrange it, and in our case they did with giant whole Lobsters)!! The food is very good and there are no worries about catching anything. They have a small comfortable bar where some locals and expat’s gather, which makes for an interesting evening. The beer (local) cost 1,500 CFA and Heineken 3,000. They also offer Whiskey, Rum, Baileys and a few other “schnapps”.

I highly recommend the Hotel du Pharr to any and all visitors to Dakar. Erik (who speaks Belgian, French, German and English) is very helpful for those planning their trip once they arrive. It is very worthwhile to take his advice seeing that he’s been living there for 15 years (as I recall).

Somone:
This is a coastal village and here we stayed at Coeur-Senegal which was like “coming home to Mama’s”! Christine runs a very quaint Hotel directly on the seashore and at night you can have your dinner watching the sunset.

The rooms are moderately priced, a little small and dimly lit, but very clean and comfortable. As for food… that was the “coming home to Mama’s” part. Christine herself cooks and it’s a French Cuisine that is a delight to the palate! Every night a different 3 course menu and all for ca. 5,000 – 6,000 CFA. As you can see this wasn’t only a delight to the palate, but also to the pocketbook!! To be honest, I can’t say enough about the meals or the hospitality… but then again that’s Senegal!

On our last day leaving Coeur-Senegal was like leaving family; we all hugged each other and even exchanged gifts. This was a very impregnating experience and Hotel; the personnel, Christine, the warmth and care they gave, the personal attention, etc. If you travel to Somone for some R&R, then Coeur-Senegal is the place to go!

Posted by Abel Castro, 25th February 2010

When I went to Senegal with my boyfriend in the summer I had so much fun. We stayed in a great hotel, though I forget the name of the amazing place, and the food there was nothing like I have every experienced. It was also very romantic and the scenery was beautiful.

Posted by Stephanie Cable, 22nd February 2010
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