I would like to echo the sentiments of the other positive reviews for Zebrabar. My friend and I arrived after a 3000 mile motorcycle journey from the UK over 12 days and we were ready for a break.
We arrived late at night and the staff on duty welcomed us and showed us to the bungalow we decided to stay in as we really didn't feel like getting the tents out. The folllowing day we spoke to Ursula and Martil, the owners and joined them and their family for our evening meal. They made us welcome and included us in their conversation as well as another German couple who also joined us.
Our bungalow was compact, clean and comfortable. The wiring was basic with no outlet sockets for charging equipment, but that could be done at the bar if necessary.
The facilities were shared, but always very clean. Ample hot water for the showers and wash facilities. My only comment would be that Wi-Fi availability is something that overland travellers really rate very highly, even essential. When you are away from home for weeks. or months at a time it is essential to keep in contact with friends and family back at home. I appreciate the owners desire to encourage guest to talk to each other rather than having heads buried in laptops etc, but in these modern times of easy communication I'd say Wi-Fi is crucial and Ursula and Martil ought to re-consider their stance here.
The environment is wonderful, private beach, incredible wildlife, stunning views from the observation tower etc, etc.
My last comment is about the owners willingness to assist and co-operate. I arrived late at night. I had no local currency. Martil was happy to meet us in St Louis on our departure day for us to pay after we had found an ATM.
We also had problems with our legal paperwork. 3 month visa to be in the country but only 2 days for our bikes!!!!!!! Martil arranged for us to meet a local chap (Zargane) whose raison d'etre was to end bureaucratic corruption, he arranged a 4 day extension for the bikes which enabled us to continue our journey to Mali and back to Mauritania afterwards. Later, when we met a corrupt policeman at the border who demanded Euros or we wouldn't have our passports returned, a phonecall to Zargane sorted our problem.
In summary; a wonderful location, clean premises, helpful staff and owners who went out of their way to assist us. Food was excellent too.
- 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