CAMPEMENT CAMPING RESTAURANT
Zebrabar is the alternative to "normal" beach holidays. Directly on the sandy beach of the salty river Senegal we are a camp site with bungalows, a restaurant a tower with panoramic views and a child-friendly playground, meeting all environmental criteria.
After many trips in Africa we found this lovely place and started building the Zebrabar in 1996. Zebrabar is the meeting-place for African travelers. Whether you are on the north-south or the east-west route, at Zebrabar you can share the latest information about your trip with fellow travelers. From the tower you can admire the beautiful view over the river and the sea. For all repairs on your vehicles there is a well-equipped workshop and competent help at hand. Zebrabar is also a unique destination for Ornithologists and Birdwatchers since it is located within the national park "Langue de Barbarie", well known for its abundant fauna with numerous birds (pelicans, flamingos, etc.). The entrance fee to the National Park is 5’000 CFA per person for foreigners and 3’000 CFA for locals (children over 10 years old). For guests who spend the night at Zebrabar, this fee is included. The park can be reached by fishermen’s pirogue or with the Zebrabar’s kayak and canoes.
The name ZEBRABAR comes from ZEBRA (which stands for Africa) and NjagaBAR (which means Pelican in Wolof, Senegalese language). Our children, Samira (1999), Marco (2002) and Nora (2011) grew up at Zebrabar and went to school in Saint-Louis. Together with our employees of many years, Anta, Binta, Iaia, Karim, Koutaye, Nafi, Pape, Rokhaya and Saer we would love to welcome you and be your hosts.
The camp ground is located in a beautiful setting along the salty River Senegal. Abundant trees give you enough shade and the lovely breeze from the sea provides a comfortable temperature.
For guests who spend the night at Zebrabar, the entrance fee for the national park is included.
Zebrabar offers accommodation for every budget:
Chaïma (room with 6 double beds)
Magirus (small cabin)
3 small bungalows
Case bleue and Penkou
4 deluxe bungalows by the riverside (Bened, Gimano, Piasava and Mika)
1 two-storey deluxe bungalow by the riverside (Emmaro)
our coordinates: N15° 51.850′ – W16° 30.710′
Various airlines fly to Dakar. We can organise a pick up.
The drive from Dakar to Saint-Louis takes about 4 hours and costs approximately 100 Euros.
From Saint-Louis it’s about 20 km in a southerly direction to Dakar.
As you leave Saint-Louis, after the dike there is crossroads where
you can see a water tower. Go straight ahead on the D400 road towards Gandiol.
From Diama it’s about 50 km in a southerly direction to Dakar.
You can bypass Saint-Louis by the "Takk gui" dike.
From Dakar about 240 km in a northerly direction to Saint-Louis.
In Kébémer you can turn left to Lompoul and drive there north
on a good tar road to the north. Before Mouït you take the piste
and follow the signs.
On foot/by taxi
For about 3’000 CFA (€ 4.50) for the ride from Saint-Louis to Zebrabar take one of the yellow and black cabs. Directions for your driver: Zebrabar in Mouït- Gandiol, near the entrance to the National Park Langue de Barbarie.
For our meals we use only local produce. The menu offers African, European and Asian dishes. We serve fish, meat and vegetarian meals.
Breakfast: 3’000 CFA (€ 4.70)
Lunch: 4’500 CFA (€ 7.00) children 2'500 cfa (€ 3.90)
Dinner: 7’000 CFA (€ 10.95) inclusive of salad and desert, main course only: 4’500 CFA (€ 7.00)
Sandwich: 2’000 CFA (€ 3.15)
Drinks: 1’200 – 2’000 CFA (€ 1.90 – 3.15)
Wifi code is available at the bar to all guests
Best reception is at the oval table near the entrance, especially in the morning. And even better when Wifi, our dog, is nearby 😉
Children can bath in the river, play on the sandy beach or on the playground
Excursions in the national parks (Parc national de la Langue de Barbarie, Réserve de Guembeul, Parc national des oiseaux du Djoudj)
Visit of Saint-Louis and its market
Pirogue-trip on the Senegal river
Swimming in the river and the sea
Windsurf and Kitesurf (bring your own equipment)
Walking in the beautiful surroundings
Reading: we have many book in our library
Drum lessons on request
African dance lessons on request
Excursions to the animal parc "forêt de Bandia" and Accro Baobab Adventure (climbing in baobabs with good equipment)
In May or June, the Jazz-Festival of Saint-Louis takes place: www.saintlouisjazz.org
for more information:
National Park Langue de Barbarie
The Zebrabar is situated in the middle of the National Park Langue de Barbarie. From the Zebrabar you can take a 90minute boat tour and observe the diverse birdlife.
On a pirogue the tour you can see a breeding islands with pelicans, cormorants and seagulls.
You can also take one of our kayaks and paddle to the breeding island and discover the nature on your own. Or if you feel like, you can walk over the sand bank where miles of empty sandy beach invites you to a relaxing walk.
National Park Gueumbeul
On the way from Saint-Louis to the Zebrabar is the National Park Gueumbeul.
Gazelles, oryx, turtles and monkeys are easy to spot in this 700ha park. Monkeys will sometimes jump over the fence and you can see them on the road.
National Park Djoudj
The third largest bird sanctuary in the world (16,000 ha) is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is situated about 60 km north of Saint-Louis, towards the Mauritanian border.
Ornithologists and birdwatchers can discover the beauty and diversity of the African birdlife. The 1-hour boat trip brings you to one of the islands where each year thousands of pelicans breed and nurture their youngsters. Along the waters’ edge you should also see monitor lizards, crocodiles, warthogs and if you are lucky pythons.
The Desert of Lompoul
About 50 km south of the Zebrabar between Kébémer and the Atlantic Ocean are some wonderful sand dunes. The Lodge in this lovely setting invites you to experience a night in the desert – in case you didn’t drive through the desert on your way to Zebrabar. You can also experience riding a camel.
Accro Baobab Adventure
On the Petite Côte, south of Dakar, is a unique climbing park in a Baobab forest. Adults can climb with professional equipment and instructors from Baobab to Baobab. They have also built a special climbing area for children. For more information visit: www.accro-baobab.com
Fôret de Bandia
On the Petite Côte, just across from Accro Baobab Adventure, is the 1’200ha animal park Fôret de Bandia. Well known for its renound restaurant overlooking the lake where monkeys, warthogs, buffalos, gazelles and birds meet. For more information visit: www.reservedebandia.com.
Dry season: November to May
Low humidity. The temperatures are dependent on wind: with offshore winds (Harmattan) expect 30 to 35°C and with onshore winds (alizée maritime) expect 20 to 30°C (don’t forget your warm clothes).
Rainy season: June to October
High humidity. Little rain. Temperatures vary from 27 to 37°C.
Surf season: November to April