Safari and baobab climbing

Today’s post is all about adventure activities to do just one hour away from Dakar.

  • RESERVE DE BANDIA

Bandia’s reserve is between Sindia and Nguékokh (and just 15kms away from Saly). You’ll find all the information in their website: http://www.reservedebandia.com/welcome.html

It costs 10.000Fcfa (about 20 dollars) per person, 40.000Fcfa (about 80 dollars) for the small truck (the one in the picture) and 5.000Fcfa (about 10 dollars) for the guide.

We desperately wanted to see some wild animals in Senegal so we headed up to the Bandia Reserve.

Once we were there, we rented a jeep and a guide who took us to the reserve’s best places.

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We didn’t see carnivores (with the exception of a hyena) but we saw from rhinos to zebras, hundreds of different birds, giraffes, buffalos, monkeys, jackals, ostriches, crocodiles…

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In the middle of the way, a giraffe stood just in front of us staring and the guide let us go down the car and watch this amazing (and tall!) animals from really really close:

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Zebras were amazing!!! Their perfectly defined stripes and their “donkey looking” body made me stand there and just stare at them…

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Oxes…

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The views of the park were awesome…

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Then, the guide made us walk tracking the rhinos footprints and we almost got excited like if we were real adventurer. Adrenaline increased walking through “their” territory… We got to see ostriches and more beautiful views.

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If you looked closely, you could see beautiful and unique birds and other types of small monkeys.

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Andddd finally!!! TWO RHINOS!!! One of them was lying down but the other was standing up, still and looking straight into our eyes. It was scary but very exciting at the same time. I’d never seen such a huge animal from so close in an open area…

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After seeing these beautiful animals, we went to the reserve’s restaurant where we ate a pizza surrounded by a big lake with crocodiles who they let us feed with meat.

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Crocodiles getting tanned…

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The restaurant was full of monkeys who stole your food. Fortunately, all tables had a Monkey Gun to scare them away 🙂

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This monkey was actually eating my pizza…

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  • ACCROBAOBAB ADVENTURE

Just across the main street, there’s a hanging park constructed over the baobab trees http://www.accro-baobab.com/?lang=en

It costs 15.000Fcfa (about 20dollars) for the whole circuit plus 4.000Fcfa more if you want to try the long zipline (315m length and 24m high). They apply a discount if you’re more than one person. By the way, they don’t accept credit cards!

We had a great time climbing all those trees and riding through the extra long zipline in a beautiful natural setting.

This was the first zip line…

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And this is me being reaaaally agile…

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Look at the views!!!

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It started to get difficult…

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We did it!!!

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We finished our accrobaobab Adventure with tree climbing:

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Hope you liked today’s adventurous post!! 😉

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xxx

Claudia

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