Places in Casamance
The beaches at Cap Skiring are some of the finest in West Africa and, better still, they are usually empty. Most campements and hotels are on the beach, 1km from the village, at the end of a dirt track off the Ziguinchor road. Most hotels offer a mix of activities like kayaking, quad hire and fishing trips. Le Paradise is the best of a row of cheap campements.
Roughly halfway between Ziguinchor and Cap Skiring, relaxed Oussouye is the main town in the Basse Casamance. For the local Diola population, this town is of significance because it's home to an animist king who is often sought for advice. Bikes can be hired and tours booked at Casamance VTT.
Elinkine & Île De Karabane
Elinkine is a busy fishing village and jumping-off point for the peaceful Île de Karabane, a former French trading station (1836–1900). On the island, you can still see the Breton-style church, with dusty pews and crumbling statues and visit the dilapidated cemetery where settlers and sailors were laid to rest.
Tips and articles
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