I stayed 2 days the week of October 13th. There were 5 children and 2 adults in our group. I knew nothing about Zebrabar before arriving because my friend made all the plans. This is various levels of camping at a great location. I’m giving it 4 stars but for all you westerners, don’t mistake this for a 4 star resort. I saw people in tents they brought and some with campers.
The Room: We stayed in the 2 floor family unit that was right next to the water. There were lights in the 2 story unit but no outlets so you’ll need to charge your gadgets at the bar. There is no Wi-Fi. There were towels but if you are a wash cloth person, bring your own. There was also hot water in the unit. There is no air-conditioning or fan but if you open all the screened windows, you’ll get a decent breeze but you won’t feel the breeze if you are under the mosquito net. There is a wonderful view from the deck. I felt safe.
Food: We ate breakfast and dinner there. The dinner was great. The breakfast was French/African French style. From what I’ve learned from visits to Senegal and France in the past, they don’t eat very much for breakfast, and certainly no 3 and 4 item American style country breakfasts. The servers were very attentive.
Wildlife: I saw a small lizard in the room. It didn’t bother us. I saw a couple of monkeys running around the campground. I don’t know what kind they were. When they came around, everyone came out to get a look at them. There were thousands or millions of baby crabs on the beach at high noon but they bury themselves in the sand when one walks towards them. There were giant adult crabs walking around the camp ground but they also run away from you. There were some colorful birds but I’m not into birds so I can’t tell you what they were. I didn’t see any snakes.
Getting There: We drove from Dakar about 4 hours. Ursula was very helpful in helping us get there because we found it a little hard to find once past Louga because we didn’t have GPS. If you are coming from Dakar and you don’t have 4 wheel drive, don’t take the frontage road on approach to Zebrabar, even if it seems shorter unless you are looking for an adventure.
I plan to return next year and in addition to normal travel/camping items, I will bring swim equipment, sun protection for boating, a flashlight for finding my way back to the room, a car lighter AC adapter for charging things with the car, inexpensive camera and extra fruit that you can buy on the side of the road on the way there for snacking. The price was fair and we were in the most expensive unit. The kids had a lot of fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zebrabar is the alternative to 'normal' beach holidays. Directly on the sandy beach of the salt river Senegal we built a camping area, bungalows, a restaurant and a tower with a panoramic view, all respecting ecological criteria. Zebrabar is also for Ornithologists and Birdwatcher a unique destination located within the national park 'Langue de Barbarie', well known for its fauna rich with a lot of different birds (pelicans, flamingos, etc.). The park can be reached by fishermen's pirogue or by boats of the Zebrabar. ... more less