Ile de Goree, Senegal

Ile de Goree in Photos

Ile de Goree was a photographer’s dream location.

The buildings are painting in bright pastel colours, and the wear and tear on them only added to the character. The beautifully painted waters laid calm nearly the entire day and night. And the people, laden with smiles and laughter were always around with such bright eyes.

Ile de Goree, Senegal

So after a day looking at the history of the slave trade in Senegal, I made sure to get out and take some photos as well.

The island, however, was with its challenges to photograph as well. The people of the island are well aware of the ability to sell themselves off as models to tourists for a quick buck. And, when the light turns in the evening, the town goes pitch black. If you’re going to be photographing these hours, you’ll be doing it in the dark and alone. But, for all its challenges, the photos below will prove that it is worth it.

The following photos were taken just as night was falling on my night on Ile de Goree. I hope you like them.

Ile de Goree, Senegal

Ile de Goree, Senegal

Plan on Visiting Ile de Goree, Senegal?

For photographers and tourists alike, this is definitely a place to visit in Senegal. In fact, I would say that it was easily my favourite place I spent time in the country. I spent 2 nights on the island and I think I could have spent a whole week.

Getting to the island is really easy. There are passenger ferries that head across from Dakar regularly.

Accommodation is also pretty good on the island. There are lots of guesthouses on the island. I stayed at a place called Chez Eric and it was great value. However, there are also all the high end hotels. There’s an Ibis, Radisson and more.