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November 14, 2012 / samwilson60

Dindefelo and not quite Guinea

The 150km to Kedougou was relatively painless, biting flies and mahooooooosive potholes aside.

We camped at the very friendly Campement Alcatraz, without ever finding out why it was so named, and headed off in search of Dindefelo, a village just a few kilometres from the Guinea border with a popular 100m waterfall into a pool below. We had originally planned to enter Guinea this way but after discussing it with at least three Ibrahims (including our national park guide and the Campement Alcatraz owner) we decided this route would be unnecessarily stressful this soon after the rains. There had been lots of thunderstorms even while we were in the area, although we didn’t get wet until Alcatraz, and the routes into Guinea from this corner of Senegal are difficult pistes even before they’ve been washed out. Thankfully, there is another, from the far side of the Niokolo-Koba and it was tarred a year or two ago, making it a longer but much more sensible option, and we happened upon this solution with time enough to continue on to Dindefelo and loop back over the following days.

The famous waterfall and perfect place to cool off

We spent a lovely evening back at camp, surrounded by yet more praying mantises and the rest of the insect farm we’d collected in the national park. We can now say, with full authority, that praying mantises should not have wings. They do not know how to use them. That said, if your head’s not in the way, the crash landings are hilarious, and they are the prettiest, tickliest insect we’ve encountered so far.

We can also say that Senegal is the friendliest country we’ve visited so far and we’ll be sad to leave, but our time’s up and Guinea is beckoning.

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