Somone and Dakar

Our last step before Dakar was La Somone, a lagoon of the Petite Côte classified as a natural reserve. We stayed at the ecolodge Dalaal Diam whose breathtaking view of the lagoon and the original rooms are worth the detour. http://www.dalaaldiam-village.com/

 

This lodge is an oasis of calm in this area gradually devastated by mass tourism.

 

A special mention for the diversity of shorebirds and the discret presence of the Tachard Oedicnemus.

 

From the Somone, it is possible to join the only senegalese cliff, Popenguine, where you can observe rock species that are difficult to find elsewhere in the country like Common rock thrush, , the blue rock thrush , Crag martin, etc…

 

The last step in Dakar allowed us a trip to Iles de la Madeleine, the smallest National Park in the world off the coast of the frenetic city. You dn't have to be in a hurry to get there but the observation of the nesting Red-billed tropicbird, Great Cormorant colonies on very old stunted baobabs and the volcanic ground is well worth the wait! It’s also a place to observe the Northern Gannets as well as some Brown booby quite near.

 

Another extraordinary and atypical place located in the suburbs of the capital is the Technopole, a regularly flooded area with impossible building. That made it a place full of migrating and wintering birds. The list is too long but Bram Piot regularly writes about them on his blog https://senegalwildlife.wordpress.com/

 

The second good place in Dakar is the Calao Hotel terrace by the sea. It is best known for post nuptial migration (Autumn) but beginning of January brought us some surprises: Pomarine jaeger, parasitic jaeger and Cory's shearwater .It should be noterd that monitoring spring migration could also be interesting.

 

The other sites visited:

 

- Djoudj National Park and the Langue de Barbarie in the North

 

- Sine Saloum National Park, south-west, just above Gambia