Being back in town after a month in the rural Sine Saloum wasn’t easy thing. A little bit more thant 24h in the senegalese capital, even if we do like this town, are enough to convince us that we like better the countryside! A countryside we went back to happily after 24h of various navigation, new encounters and rebounds…
1pm, little stop at our friends’ Laurene and Seb, improvised mules so the counterparties of the crowdfunding campaign can reach France. 2pm, lunch at the maquis Le Seoul with Dao, to take some contacts and recommendations for Casamance, destination of the day; in fact, destination of the next day…
4pm, we meet and his clients in Dakar’s harbour, at the jetty. The big ferry is wisely waiting its passengers. Boarding planned at 5pm; departure at 8pm.
1st step: Dakar – Ziguinchor
Some travels in cabins of 2, 4 or 8 beds. Others, mostly senegalese people, travel in the seats area. Less expensive. A lot less expensive. And mostly, when you buy your tickets less than 2 weeks before departure like us, it is the only option left.
Arrival planned around 11… the next day! It is thus 15 hours that we spent between our seats and the several pontoons, where it is sometime party time (evening), sometimes like the end of the parties of the 80s (early morning) with slow music.
We didn’t expect this, but we actually slept ok. We were told that in the “seats” category, a lot seasickness were happening but it didn’t happen.
Another thing we didn’t expect, Justine went through without any problem (she’s afraid of water). Amoun Solo, as we say in Wolof.
And the best surprise, when we left the Atlantic to get in the river, was the dolphins that welcomed us !