Part II The return Flight, Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso via Bamako, Mali to Dakar, Senegal
Day 14, Thursday 30JUL98 Ouagadougou/Burkino Faso – Bamako/Mali – Dakar/Senegal
We did not have a lot of time
to explore the busy town, but still got a small taste of what it is
In down town
Ouagadougou is the terminus of
from Abidjan on the Ivory Coast and is the seat of the Morho Naba (Big
Our next fuel stop today, en
route to Dakar
in Senegal was Bamako, the capital of Mali and we landed there with the
While refilling our tanks, some
drinks, lying in the shade under the wing, we saw some Mig 17’s, which
We were looking forward to the next leg and our visit to Dakar, the capital of Senegal.
We knew there were some good hotels and it would be the first step back to European like comfort.
Continuing our flight in
direction, we crossed the Niger River. This large winding river could
for miles and miles as we
Approaching Dakar, big curly
large cotton wool balls formed in front of our flight path. Visibility
excellent and it was fun,
This was the end of the ITCZ! From mere on, nothing but blue sky, as we
approached Dakar, the most westerly point of Africa.
Most Airports have parking and
separate for General Aviation Aircraft, not Dakar. It must be a first
first serve plan, as
Bill and Hill had recently visited our hotel with pictures generally displayed.
The lady at the reception desk
airline we were from, while she saw our red Swiss Passports and our
I just said Swiss to
which she replied
No need to sign in sir! We were
Barley in the room, reception
informed me that all we had to pay was the local tax, as the bill would
on Swissair’s account.
Hell these uniforms were worth
Down to the pool and some cool beers. This did feel like being back in real civilization. Most of the guests were from Europe.
That evening we enjoyed
cuisine and we made a toast to all the friends and families, who had
contributed to the trip and how
The next day we went to explore down town Dakar with its busy streets and markets.
Dakar people win the first price for the most exquisite dresses.
We were however warned to be
in town, as some parts of the city were apparently full of pick
hookers and other
A boat ride of about 30
outside the city got us to Gorée Island. This small historical Island
the chief centre of the
Right on top of the hill of this strongly fortified Island, an impressive Gun. Some of the scenes from the film, the guns of Navarone were shot here.
Picture taken from Gun hill.
The city of
Dakar in the background