Because of an attack on a UN base close to where we would cross from Mauritania to Mali, it was decided to instead go a safer route further South through Senegal instead.
Senegal has a reputation of being one of the most stable countries in West Africa, but when crossing the border at the Senegal River it could be seen that people here were happy and lively. All Arabian culture was gone and we were now in the Sub Saharan Africa.
Except from bush camping , all we got to see from Senegal was a couple of days in Saint Louis, which was a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was the first in Africa to be settled by the Frenc, which happened all the way back in 1659. The city today still preserves it’s old colonial town which is situated on a small island connected to the mainland by a bridge.
Our campsite was right by the beach, but unfortunately it seemed like they only used it as a garbage place and even the water was not clean enough to go for a swim in. Hundreds of boats were also parked outside the campsite, with fishermen eager to sell their catch of the day. Some boats were carrying swastikas and the German Luftwaffe on top of Norwegian flags, and when asking some locals in my broken French they also pointed at the local fisherman calling them Nazis, which I could not understand why they would be. I liked my time in Senegal so much that I decided to book another trip going there in November, so maybe I will speak better French and be able to get the answer then..