Forget the 5-star accommodation and try the million-star experience.
Camp Du Désert tents
I always search for something different in each my travel plans; that something which could last forever in my life. Then here comes our stay in an extraordinary place. In fact, while planning our visit to the Lompoul desert in Senegal, we decided to sleep in a tent at the starting point of the desert.
Camp Du Désert Red Truck
Lompoul is a small village located halfway from Dakar to San Louis. We started in Dakar and our taxi driver left us at the main street from where the guys of the Hotel Camp du Dèsert, picked us up with their old red truck. In fact, you need a 4 wheel drive because the road to the Lompoul ecolodge slowly becomes more and sandier and full of dunes.
Camp Du Dèsert Handyman taking us to our tent
Sleeping here inside has been a memorable experience; we couldn’t stop admiring the landscape especially after the sunset. (It was a full moon night). Anyway, we do not recommend it for more than a night since we are not more used to the absence of some important basic services it could be really very difficult.
Bar Camp Du Dèsert
The prices seemed to be higher than other hotels in Senegal. In my opinion, an eco-structure can’t absolutely have such a high price; the absence of basic commodities, such as water (they gave us a can of 50 litres) and toilet (very rustic) would have been justified by a cheaper price. On the other side, I can also understand that for a country like Senegal which is still troubling to carry on, could be hard to give certain services in the desert.
Staff Camp Du Dèsert
Dinner has been prepared by the staff and it was delicious. I have to say that even without a bright light above us we have been able to handle the situation. It is like after a certain point your brain turns on and slowly you become smarter. No matter what problem they threw at us, we could find a solution though.
Alessandro trying to remove the sand grains from his shoes
There were insects everywhere so don’t forget to take the repellents with you. Even though worth a try: the full moon, the millions and millions of stars in the sky and the dunes of the dessert will make your stay absolutely unforgettable. Once in your life, leave the 5-star accommodation and try the million-star experience. Lompoul ecolodge is waiting for you!
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