Aside from spying some crocodiles – and seeing them on the menu (boo) – the trip home from Djembering was pretty straight forward.
For the rest of my bro and his families visit, we chilled out at the Little Baobab. We were joined by two English travellers, Camilla and Jenni who enjoyed sabar wolof workshops with superstar Modou Diouff.
Here’s Jenni getting her hair done – with a little help from our friends:
I took the family on early morning bird walks, a trip to the big tree, strolls around the village and to the Art Oasis garden in Kafountine. We also experienced the assault on the senses that is the Kafountine fishing village.
In the evening, I made pizzas, the drummers arrived and we all went a bit crazy.
At the weekend we were joined by Peter from Scotland, his son and Gambian buddy, the rapper Bilal. I’ve been chatting to Peter online for several years – he had made a coastal walk along from northern to southern Gambian borders and it was great to put a face to the name. Bilal was making links to put on some performances in Abene at some point.
Something special happened on my brothers last day – we were joined by 18 guests from UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Overland West Africa dropped by on their route north from Ghana and as usual we organised a koumpo and other activities.
It was great for Jeremy and his family to see me busy and “in action” as I suspect they think I pass my time rotating amongst hammocks (which to be fair isn’t far from the truth). Now it’s much easier than in the early days – we have more facilities, good staff and Khady’s Jungle bar is separating guests from home which is important in the long term. They were a lovely bunch and bought plenty of copies of my book which makes them even lovelier I reckon. Don’t forget those amazon reviews if you like it…
Tears were shed as Jeremy, Karen and Edie headed back up to Gambia and their plane and I don’t reckon it’ll be too long till they’re back.