The SpaceI have always been very interested in eco-build and sustainibility, so there is as much of these techniques and skills in the build as could be incorporated and the flat is built entirely by hand. It has been a very exciting project and actually, very experimental. It is a lovely space to live in. Every window has a lovely view and there are lots of quirky architectural delights. Guest AccessThere is wifi that works all the way up to the end of the garden, where the swimming pool is. The best cable TV, including BBC and TV5, movie and childrens channels (you can check out DSTV). There is a washing machine too.
Interaction with GuestsI will be back in England for the 2 months, but we can always talk on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) if you need me. There are a few members of staff that live on site and keep the place running and a cleaner, who can prepare for you traditional Senegalese meals.
The NeighborhoodThe house is a 1 minute walk to the beach, deserted in the mornings and full of the local community on Sundays taking their weekly promenade. The water is lovely for swimming and star gazing is a must!
It's 2 kilometers down the road to the village, with restaurants, bars and the supermarket, you will find everything you need. I will also leave contacts for you to have your chicken or monkfish, crabs, lobster, prawns, mussels and oysters delivered to you at home.
I live just outside the village, where everyone is very friendly. There is only one road, that leads through the village and out the other side to the lagoon, a nature reserve on the bird migrational path. Behind is the baobab forest, a vastness of natural beauty.
There is plenty to see and do, with the lagoon and its' stunning wildlife, quad biking in the baobab forests, horse riding on the beach, superb fishing, good nightlife in neighbouring town Saly and wonderful traditional art, dance and theatre for which I have the contacts to offer you should you wish to really make your holiday memorable.
Getting AroundThere is plenty of public transport in the form of bush taxis...very cheap. You can also hire them independently, more expensive but you don't have to share and they will take you all the way to where you are going. It can also be agreed that with the house you may wish to rent my Discovery Land Rover. This can be arranged with or without a chauffeur. Transport to and from the airport can be arranged at 80USD. Also, you will need a visa that can be pre-enrolled on line and will be reqady for you at arrival in Dakar.
Other Things to NoteMany people choose to come to Senegal during the winter months... However, I have always found the "rainy" season more lovely, with fewer tourists, so the experience of the village is more real and relaxed. Also, the rain is wonderful. It does not rain all day long every day as you may imagine, there may be a whole week without rain. Generally the rain comes at night, bringing a welcome breeze and coolness. When it does rain during the day, it can be powerful, but is often for a few hours and followed by radiant sunshine. The land is green and luxurious and totally different to the dry months. In my opinion, the rainy season is the best of them all.
The park garden and pool are open to the public as a project that offers play opportunities to local children. There is also a large shaded restaurant area and bar at the entrance to the property, but during the summer months there is very little tourism which leaves the area calm and the project's restaurant will be closed. The bar is open till midnight and has a calm chilled out ambiance. This is a quiet project despite all it offers and the advantages are that you don't have to go far for a coctail or a beer, your children will be in a child orientated space, so while you relax at home, they are still having loads of fun.