Centuries stolen from us, time that would’ve made Africa one of the most established continents in the world. Instead, time was used to degrade the authenticity of Africa, while extracting that which wasn’t theirs. It isn’t late for us to revitalize our continent. I’m aware of the obstacles we face but, in time we’ll unite and divert from the colonial ways of doing. For now, I will utilize my upcoming years to unlearn 22 years of misinformation. I am taken back my stolen years, Join me!

Nov 22, 2010

Keur Bamboung




I left Liberia at an age which did not allowed me to explore my country as much as I would have liked. One of my regrets was not experiencing life outside of Monrovia. Thus, one of my goals before embarking on my practicum was to experience life outside the city, I am glad I had the opportunity to discover the beauty of living outside of Dakar, during the process learning about the preservation of our environment. Living in a country that consumes more than the rest of the world it is pleasant to see others making an effort to decrease their eco footprint.

From Dakar, it will take about six hours to get to Keur Bambong. You can take a bus from a station called “Station Pompier” in Dakar. From there the bus will take you directly to Toubacouta. If you take the bus, to and from Keur Bamboung the fare is no less than 10,00cfa roundtrip. Once in Toubacouta you can choose to stay the night for 6000cfa. If not you can go directly to the Keur Bamboung, which is located in a area call Sine Saloume, a three day weekend at Keur Bamboung is 17,000cfa, which include breakfast and diner. If you chose to stay in Toubacouta for the night, I recommend you stay at the hostel below. The facilities are nice and the host is great!

 

 

 






The only means of getting to Keur Bamboung is to take a pirogue from Toubacouta (30mins). Keur Bamboung( 221775108013/2215548456) is an Ecolodge, located in a little village call Sine Solume, it is one of the most beautiful places I have visited in my life. The owners are organize, and cognizant of their guests needs. The Eco lodge is set up as a communal entity therefore the proceeds benefits the villagers (owners) and use to maintain the rich prosperity of the environment.
 
 
The camp is build to give guests a sense of village life, but they have modern amenities to ease your worries. Once on the ground you are able to experience the best nature and the locals have to offer. In accordance with their message of preserving the environment, a donkey transports guests’ belongings from the shore to the campJ. All activities are planned according to the guests’ agenda. If you chose not to partake in an activity during your stay you won’t be bothered. However, I encourage all to partake in the activities, as it is a crucial to understanding the message of the camp. For activities, the camp have the option of birds watching, canoeing, tour of the village, etc. The food is amazing (hhhhhmmmmmm)!!!!! However, if you are not a big eater, request that your main course for diner be downside. It’s a lot of food.


Be aware, on the weekend it is difficult to get a bus directly from Toubacouta back to Dakar. Therefore you can take a bus to Karang or Kalack from Toubacouta, and than take a bus directly to Dakar. Traveling by bus from one city to another requires patience. As the rule is, the bus does not leave until it is full or passengers are willing to pay for the empty seat(s). Although we had to wait for three hours in Karang for the bus to get full it was well worth it!!!! It was a great opportunity to talk to the locals and get to know more about the area, especially if you speak Wolof.

My journey to Keur Bamboung and the recent conferences regarding protecting the environment in Africa prompted me to start thinking about how I can decrease my eco footprint. It seems that those who are taking precautionary steps to cause less harm to the environment, have less capital. Living in a world dominated by capitalists I understand why the preservation of the environment does not seem important, especially when it means acquiring more capital. Given how fast the earth is depleting, I hope we come to the realization that money is not the only thing that makes the world go round. If those with the least resources are trying to conserve and protect the earth, is it fair for those with the most resources to keep destroying mother earth?




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