Today’s post is about travelling to islands in Dakar. I visited two of them last year: Ile de Ngor and Ile de Gorée. I still haven’t been in Ile de la Madeleine because it’s quite difficult to get there. I haven’t been able to find a regular transportation that can get me safely to the island…
To start with, I’ll talk about Gorée. This island is located 2kms from Dakar harbour (Port Autonome de Dakar). There are regular ferrys that come and go, so it’s easy to organize your trip to visit the island. Gorée is not big, you can walk all the island in two or three hours.
These are the views arriving to the island:
It has a population of approximately 1.000 inhabitants but most of Dakar’s population affirm they’d love to live there if it weren’t that expensive. The reason for that, are the high living standards and the beautifully kept colonial buildings. Gorée is clean and structured, it seems as if it was another country inside Dakar.
Anyway, once we got to Gorée’s port, we hired a man who was supposedly a guide (I think he wasn’t), but he took us all around the island and showed us the best spots and views.
First of all, we visited the slavery museum, as Gorée used to be an important island for slave trading. On the pictures you can see the entrance to the museum and a statue representing the slaves.
The rooms where they kept the slaves and the exit where they were thrown to the sea if they weren’t healthy enough to survive the hard conditions… 😦
Walking around the island, you’ll find several artisan markets and artists selling paintings. I actually bought one, framed it and hang it up the wall of my dining room. It looks great 🙂
This guy on the picture above did sand paintings, we visited his workshop and he even did a sample for us.