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Keur Bamboung Toubacouta Reviews
Remote, Sustainable Paradise Jun 03, 2011
This wonderful campement is located several miles outside of Toubacouta on a small island, surrounded by a nature reserve. To get there, you must take a short boat ride into the delta and then take a charette (horse drawn cart) to the campement (all of this is provided by the campement- call before you arrive in Toubacouta to arrange pickup). Given the lengths needed to get there, the campement is clearly remote. If you're looking to get away from bustling cities and crowds, this could be the place. No one will bother you out here. Since it is a trek stay for at least 2 nights, if you have time 3 or 4.... Be sure to kayak through the beatuiful mangroves. We saw monkeys, a hyenna, and amazing birds!
Given it's remote location, there are no area stores, restaurants, etc (though there is a small souvenir market in the nearest village where the boat comes in). So, the campement provides all your meals and such service is included in the price (full board). And the kitchen at the campement is great. And fresh fruit (varying by season) accompanies all meals. Breakfast is pretty basic- usually just locally made 'village' bread with butter/jelly/etc and tea/coffee (and the already mentioned fruit). Lunch is usually a local dish (rice accompanied by vegetables and either fish, meat, or peanut sauce). Dinner is usually a more westernized meal accompanied by either fresh clams or oyesters as an appetizer).
The environment surrounding Keur Bamboung is beautiful. It is situated right on the water and among the mangroves. The campement offers several different guided and self-guided tours. They range from nature walks to birding tours to boat rides. Several of the tours are free, but some of the more extensive and longer tours come with an extra charge. Though not the ocean, the water is salt-water and comes in and out with the tides. Swimming is always an option, and there are kayaks as well for exploring the delta and the mangroves.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. And the rooms are wonderful. The individual rooms are spread out over the grounds and have varying sizes to accomodate several different group sizes. They are built in the local 'style'- built to resemble the huts of the local villages. The beds are wonderfully comfortable and have the crispest white sheets I've ever seen in Senegal.
To top things off, Keur Bamboung is an eco-tourism campement, meaning it does everything it can to not harm any part of the surrounding environment. The electricity is solar, and the water is drawn in by horse-drawn cart every day from the local wells (unless you believe your stomach is up to it, you should stick to bottled water, which is available (as well as other cold drinks at the reception desk). They are also very active with the local villagers trying to promote the preservation and restoration of the surrounding environment.
Keur Bambound is a rustic, out-of-the-way eco-tourist's home with great services, fun activities,tasty food and friendly staff. I am surprised it does not cost more. For about $45 a night (per person) you get the amazing room, all your activities with a guide, and 3 fabulous meals! If you come to Senegal don't miss it!
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