About this listing
Anglophone visitors to Francophone Africa have NO WORRIES when coming to Senegal for a visit! SenegalStyle was set up to insure you have a GREAT TIME with KNOWLEGEABLE BILINGUAL GUIDES in an English speaking home environment. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) us for more info!
Doin' it SenegalStyle! SenegalStyle is a Bed & Breakfast guesthouse located in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. The cost is €25 euro pperson and the price includes BOTH breakfast & dinner!
Hotels here are expensive and when you add the food costs, they are out of most people's budgets. There are alternatives, like SenegalStyle Bed & Breakfast to help backpackers, economy travelers, students and interns live in a clean, comfortable and most importantly, BUG FREE environment, while also assisting with travel and hooking you up with other people for day trips and over nighters to other regions outside of Dakar. We also have free wifi internet access.
Also featured under the 'SenegalStyle' umbrella: two schools and several touring packages as well as SenegalStyle VOLUNTEERS, a FaceBook group that matches volunteers from all over the world to local projects and individuals here in West Africa.
Our (budget priced) French Language School and African Drum School INCLUDES airport pickup service, room accommodation, laundry service, free internet and long distance (via MagicJack to the US), AND two full meals, breakfast and dinner, for students wanting to learn or perfect their conversational French skills. The monthly price is 1175 euro.
We are TOP RATED on TripAdvisor and have HUNDREDS of customer reviews. Just 'google' SenegalStyle!
All public areas of the house include a lovely indoor garden area for eating or relaxing and the living/dining room (with satellite tv in French and English). We also have chess boards set up for game enthusiasts and plenty of competition!
Interaction with Guests
Interaction is daily as I do the cooking and housekeeping but guests are expected to keep their rooms clean. I come in once a week to dust and mop. SenegalStyle has been awarded the 'Traveler's Choice' for B&Bs in Senegal (2015) and have won the highly rated (Certificate of Excellence) for the past four years! Our touring service on TripAdvisor is called SenegalStyle TOURS and we also have African drumming lessons that guests can participate in for small additional fees. These two activities are rated 'THE #1 THING TO DO' in Senegal!! In addition, I do extensive city tours of Dakar and the surrounding area so guests, particularly solo travelers so you can see where to go and what to do using public transportation, while here. Our guests won't be alone unless they want to be!
We are also 'highly recommended' on the Lonely Planet for accommodation in Dakar as well as the Certificate of Excellence winner on TripAdvisor.
I work very hard to insure that our guests have good food and are comfortable during their stay but please, keep in mind, it is YOU that is on vacation, I am working! The time between 12 and 5pm is when I need to clean up, go to the market and do whatever I need to do to run tours or get dinner ready. Please understand that and let me do my job to insure you have your meals delivered hot and on time and respect the efforts I make to prepare them (from scratch! ; ) If you are going to eat out, NO PROBLEM - just let me know ahead of time.
Meals are at 10am and 8pm and from 12-5, as this is a B&B and not a 24/7 hotel, please have some activities planned for yourself so I can clean up our public spaces. One of the reasons we started 'Day Trippin' solo travel touring services is so people on a budget can afford a guide to go around with them on public transport. We also have car and driver service to points all around Senegal going to St Louis, Joal, Touba, Lake Rose, Bandia Wildlife Park, etc. These are ALL day trips - you leave in the morning, and are back in the evening by dinner!
This is a solid middle class neighborhood. Most people own the land and homes they are living in so their income is 95% discretionary. You will see high end cars (Mercedes, BMW, etc) and well dressed people and children EVERYWHERE! This is Africa and they love the sounds of children playing - quite frankly, so do I! There is also a football pitch up the streets so you can catch games on the weekends starting at 9am.
There is a beach as well, a very clean nice beach about 15 minutes walking distance away. It's 'off the beaten path' and as it's a neighborhood beach, there aren't any tourists (or tourist touts) to bother you! People are friendly however and may stop you for a chat to practice their English - just be polite and courteous and you'll be surprised how welcoming the Senegalese are!
We are in a perfect place - located between the two main arteries going into downtown and the airport. Walking distance from the beach (about 12/15 minutes) and surrounded by private hire cars, taxi and bus service. Dakar is on a peninsula so the main highway is basically a big circle. If you keep going straight long enough you will end up back where you started!
If you take the city tour I will show you where everything of interest is, clubs, sports facilities, shopping markets, art galleries (we have LOTS of art galleries here!) and how to get there later by public transport.
Other Things to Note
Senegal does not import meat, poultry or vegetables from the US. We live on locally grown, organic vegetables and meat. No steroids, hormones or genetically modified foods are allowed in unless they are specifically labeled and for high end restaurants (ironic isn't it?!) - I have just noticed an 'American beef' night for (email hidden). Our cows, goats, sheep and chicken are free range and halal. Everything is perfectly safe, including fruit off the streets and water as well. The aquifer is 60km outside of town running underground so there is no chemical run off from the city and it's clean and crystal clear running from the tap. Kirine is the name of the largest bottled water company here and it's all filtered. You can buy it for less than a dollar for 1.5L bottles.
There is a lot of recycling here so we reuse the plastic bottles, aluminum cans and other materials throughout the house and in fact, about 90% of the art in my home is made from recycled products - even the toilet paper holder is made from orange Fanta soda cans! lol!
No smoking inside (we do have a roof area however), no pets and of course, no drugs! No 'friends' - ie you just stepped off the plane yesterday, a tourist tout comes up to you while visiting Goree Island for example, be'friends' you and now you want to drag them to my house. Uh, no. Meet all outside people, outside, please. I have to live here - you guys are going back home! lol!
Also please note that you should have a personal agenda during the week and be open to going outside of the house in the afternoons so that I can clean the breakfast dishes, sweep and mop the floors and get the house back in order, go to the market, do tours or take care of other business activities. I am generally back by 5/6pm to cook dinner and prepare for the evening.
Weekends we have a wash lady come from 11am to 5pm and the cost to (hand) wash your clothes is $4. I do not have a machine - I have a wonderful human being instead and pay weekly for a job well done! Our place is very 'ecofriendly' and we are very conscious of water and electricity waste. Please treat our home the same as you would your own, turn off lights in the bathroom/bedroom when not in use, close the taps and please don't waste paper resources unnecessarily.
I also have a very large lending library with bookshelves throughout the house. Please feel free to borrow what you like and if you want to leave books of your own, THANK YOU, however, if you would like to take one of mine, be considerate and ask first. Some books, just like in your own library, are special to me and cannot be easily replaced here in Senegal (when you can simply order off kindle!)
Thanks so much and I look forward to sharing my home with you!
From Dec 01, 2015 - Feb 28, 2016 the minimum stay is 2 nights.