We had a lovely bungalow overlooking the river - probably the best they have with a super bathroom (bath with a view), lovely big room and a terrace with huge loungers. Do not expect room service or cleaning if your are here for more than one night, even in the luxury bungalow. The generator only comes on in the evening, so no hot water until then, and the pressure wasn't great.
The location really is special, sandwiched between the Senegal River and the Atlantic ocean, sun rising over the river and setting over the ocean. We only wish it had been warmer when we were there, although I am not sure we would have swum in the river having seen the rubbish poured into it in Saint Louis a few kms upstream. Walks along the beach were wonderfully wild and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.
We were on a two night stay and one of those nights unfortunately co-incided with a big group who of course dominated the place and shattered the silence. The bundle for breakfast in the morning was spectacular.
Service was friendly but totally slow - breakfast at 7 for an early departure means hanging about for about half an hour before cups and baguettes start to appear. Drinks with dinner? Took forever. Food was ok, but served in a great big tent so lots of atmosphere and one of the waiters dresses up to do Senegalese dancing after dinner, which is quite fun.
It is a very nice place, with lots of thoughtful touches (ping pong anyone?), but it does have a certain "school camp" feel to it when you have a big group staying there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A calm and quiet place where you can practice sport and activities is expecting you. This small and charming “campement”, perfectly integrated in its environment is located on a strip of sand between River Senegal and Atlantic Ocean. It is about 20 km away from Saint-Louis, former capital of Senegal. Breaking for a while the stressful urban rhythm, walking along the beach or the waterside, here it is possible! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Campement Lodge Ocean & Savane Senegal/Saint-Louis