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Diannah Bolong offers unique experiences like no other place on earth. How would you like watching a real witch doctor in practice? How about withdrawing money from a portable bike bank? Or pristine beaches without tourists with beautiful sunrises and sunsets?
In Diannah Bolong you can travel by donkey, come closer to nature than you have ever been, and move your energy with African drumming and dancing.
We will plan everything for you. You’ll get picked up at the airport and guided all the way to your destination. You will travel all-inclusive. That means all the food, outings, transport and classes are covered.
Many of our employees are first aid certified through the Red Cross, and we always have a car available if anything should happen.
This is a very safe area far from the city life and with few neighbours. Senegal is also a very peaceful country.
Our employees are also “on guard” to ensure safety and will guide anyone who wishes to and from the beach or surrounding area.
All rooms come with their own key and our staff are trained in spotting strangers.
This is something you should ask your doctor. We know that the yellow fever vaccine is mandatory on entry from certain countries.
The risk of malaria is very small. There are not a lot of mosquitoes the period of November through April. The last 10 years have seen a large reduction in cases of the disease.
All rooms have mosquito nets in front of the windows and over the bed. You will also have the option of using artemisia or drinking our preventative tea.
Many people choose to use some kind of malaria prophylaxis to be completely sure.
If you are travelling in the months of June through September we always recommend using malaria prophylaxis and mosquito nets.
Yes you can! We can pick you up at the airport and get you to Diannah Bolong safely.
But – there is no such thing as travelling alone in Africa!
Our employees have first aid certifications from the Red Cross to handle any emergency cases.
We also have a car available that can get you to a doctor in Kafountine about 30 minutes away. The nearest hospital is about 3 hours away.
You also have the option of treating milder nuisances like headaches and stomach cramps by using nature as your medicine.
We have our own experts in traditional plant medicine and can help you find the right plants and herbs.
This type of treatment of smaller issues is completely up to you.
Some rooms have their own bathrooms with clean water in the toilet, sink and shower. We very rarely have any need for warm water.
If you like a warm cleanse we usually place a basin out in the sun to soak up the heat.
If we have many guests on site we also offer a few rooms without bathrooms with shared facilities, just like a normal camping site.
If you want to go all the way we always recommend our African Shower underneath the palm leaves under the night sky.
Yes, we have!
The locals drink the water as is. The guests brush their teeth in it, and many forget and drink a little sip without issue.
There are, however, a different bacterial flora in Senegal than most people are used to. To avoid issues we always use filters or bottled water.
If you go out dining, we recommend you ask if the ice cubes are made with local water.
This is because not all of the local areas have the same level of clean water as we do.
Yes, you will even become one of them!
During your time in Diannah Bolong you will get to be a part of our big family. Your drumming teacher is local, your dancing teacher is local and all our cooks are local too.
Our guides are local and speak fluent English. They always want to share their knowledge about the history and community your get to be a part of.
There are very few tourists here, so you probably want to hide if you don’t want to get to know everyone.
Just coming here is a great help. By doing so you are essentially creating and maintaining local jobs.
You are choosing a local actor that focuses on sustainable operations. Every single dime of our economical surplus goes back into the society through teaching youth about the environment and conservation of nature.
We do our own “plastic projects”, voluntary work and furthering the education of your local girls. Just staying here makes a ton of difference for us.
If you wish to visit the local school, you may do so. You can go to Kafountine and buy some school supplies or a football if you’d like. This is something that the school appreciates, and the headmaster ensures a fair distribution.
You can also bring things from home that you no longer need. Glasses and shoes are valued here. We either give your gifts to the local employees, or we give them to the Village Chief to distribute fairly to those most in need.
If you own health supplies, first aid supplies, lights with solar panels or different school supplies we are of course happy to receive these things too.
One last thing you can do to help is taking your brought “heavy plastic” back home. There are not a lot of recycling options here, so every single bit helps.
Please land at Banjul in the neighbouring country of Gambia.
It’s only a 2 – 3 hour drive from Diannah Bolong. If you choose to fly to Dakar it will take you at least 8 – 14 hours by bus.
If you are on a journey through the country, you can also land in Zuguinchor in Senegal. This is about 3 hours from Diannah Bolong.
We can pick you up in Banjul and Zuguinchor.