Gorée is located about 1.2 miles from the main harbor of Dakar. Ferries depart frequently between Dakar and the island, taking about 20 minutes. There is only one hotel on the island, so the majority of tourists visit as a day trip. You’ll need to pay a small tourist tax of CFA600 (about $1 US) when visiting the island, and the same for entering the House of Slaves.
SOMONE LAGOON RESERVE
The Somone Natural Reserve of Community Interest (RNICS) was created in 1999 by deliberation n ° 003 of the rural council of Sindia at the request of the local populations, supported by the Directorate of National Parks. It is today under the supervision of the Directorate of Community Protected Marine Areas (DAMCP) and covers an area of 700 hectares. It polarizes three (03) villages (Guérew, Thiafoura, Soro Khassap) on the north shore and one (01) commune (Somone) on the south shore and is located between 14 ° 30 and 14 ° 50 'north latitude and 17 ° 10 'west longitude in the estuarine part of the Somone watershed.
African Renaissance Monument
Museum of Black Civilizations
For decades, the most prominent homes for African art were within museums in Europe. That has changed, especially with the December opening of Senegal’s Museum of Black Civilizations, a repository for African art, culture and history. The $34 million project, some 50 years in the making, is designed to be a creative laboratory that will help shape the continent’s future sense of identity, according to museum director Hamady Bocoum. It also hopes to reclaim some of the continent’s lost past: the museum has room for some 18,000 artworks, but many of the galleries are not yet filled. Senegal has demanded the restitution of artworks stolen during colonial times, prompting some countries, like France, to lend pieces for the opening. —Aryn Bake