It’s a shame the older reviews on Trip Advisor still stand although this place has been under new management for two years. The prior owners lived offsite and only came once a week to deliver supplies while guests were left to the local staff. The new owners, Pierre and Veronique, live onsite and work hard to ensure guests are looked after, going so far as to personally take a pirogue (motorized canoe) 30 minutes to the jetty to meet each guest and bring them through the delta back to the inn.
The cottages look onto the water and are simple. We had a double bed (with moquito nettings) and two twin beds in our room, two bedside tables and a small ensuite bathroom with a cold water shower. There is no electricity, but you do get solar powered light and there is a common charging station near the dining room. (Note that the light is not really good enough to read at night, so plan on lots of early nights! It would be good if a bit more thought went into where lighting bulbs were placed to illuminate the room more evenly.)
There is a next day laundry service charged per piece and washed by hand in cold water. There is also a weak WIFI signal in front of the owners’ house.Good enough for e-mails, but note that the signal cuts in and out which we found to be par for the course even in more upscale accommodation in Senegal.
Food is very good except breakfast which is very scant—just a baguette per person, butter and jam. However, we asked for eggs and this was cheerfully provided for a supplement. They also kindly accommodated our vegetarian and no fish requests.
They run a number of interesting excursions at reasonable prices. They arranged for a pick up at Dakar which was clean, prompt and courteous. David drove very carefully too. On the way back the car was very dirty but the Mahmoud was kindly and took us on a pre-booked tour of a market and town with a shell cemetery and did a good job. To reserve here you need to send a deposit of 50% of the accommodation costs by wire. The balance must be paid in cash only.
The hosts are very kind, unobtrusive and helpful and we enjoyed our relaxing stay here immensely. Highly recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Bazouk Du Saloum Senegal/Mar Lodj