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- A gray cat slinks past a wooden house. There’s something a little intimidating attempting to describe.
What to do in Abene
In Abene, you can visit the big tree, the craft market, relax on the beach or in our garden or just stroll around and enjoy the laid back vibes. I can lead you on local walks or point you in the right direction. Bicycles are available for hire in the village and I’ll soon be offering kayaking as well.
Drum & dance
Khady was a professional dancer and loves nothing better than to teach her craft.
We can arrange music (including djembe, sabar wolof, seorouba, kora and balafon) and dance tuition from 5000 cfa/lesson with reductions for groups or multiple lessons. Lessons will take place in the cooler morning and late afternoon leaving you free to explore or relax in between.
Abene is a great place to learn French as the language is generally spoken simply and slowly. We can also arrange for lessons in local languages such as wolof or diola. Please ask for details.
If you enjoy the food, Khady will be happy to teach you local cuisine and arrange visits to the markets.
Most local people are happy to be photographed, but as always, it is polite to ask first.
Ladies at the “Big Tree”, one of the main local attractions, will demand a donation and a coin or two usually suffices.
Bird spotting & wildlife
The Gambia and Senegal are well known bird watching destinations as the region is at the crossroads of equatorial Africa, the Sahara and the Atlantic, as well as being on route for birds migrating between Europe and the rest of Africa. Some 660 species have been recorded in the region. Although the Little Baobab is located close to national parks, to which we can arrange visits, you can also simply sit on your verandah and watch the birds in our garden.
Senegal isn’t a major safari destination like East or Southern Africa but that’s not to say there’s nothing to see. Our land is home to small mammals and reptiles, including monitor lizards. We are occasionally visited by monkeys in search of fruit. It is possible to see further varieties of monkeys, crocodiles and hippos in the region. Further afield are national parks with chimpanzee, lion, leopard, antelope, wart hog and more. We can arrange trips to any of these.
We are currently working with bird spotting guides from the Gambia and can make introductions if necessary.