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15 Days Beginners Surf Camp in Ngor Island, Dakar, Senegal

Surf Camp Dakar

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Treat yourself to a well-deserved break in Senegal. An unknown surfing spot to many, this country offers world-class waves and beautiful surf spots. The beautiful Île de Ngor will be your home and each day, your instructors will show you one of the best 21 surf spots. Enjoy a holiday of relaxation and excitement in a stunning environment. Take advantage of the best excuse to explore the oceans, which is surfing!

Highlights

  • 12 days of surf lessons
  • Daily local surf guide to the best spots
  • Surf school program suitable for beginners
  • Boat or van to the spots around the island
  • Daily breakfast, dinner, and water
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


12 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport

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Accommodation

NGor Island Surf Camp is a paradise on a tiny island surrounded by a few world-class waves. Close to the capital city of Dakar, the camp offers a nice and clean place for you to relax. Come and enjoy the endless summer lifestyle. The camp offers a chill-out area with heated pool, as well as outside showers and sunbeds.

It is a perfect place to chill after a long day of surfing. Being located in one of the highest properties on the island, there are sea views from everywhere in the house, perhaps the most spectacular being the 360-degree view of all the waves from the roof terrace. From here, you can also see the stunning sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.

The house is located just 50 meters from the most consistent wave in West Africa, overlooking the spot from the house. Ngor right appears as the first wave surfed in "The Endless Summer" movie. Although being a consistent and powerful reef break, it is only a short walk from the calm and sandy beach in the bay of Ngor.

Both single and double rooms have comfortable beds, mosquito nets, and private bathrooms with hot water heated by the African sun. The two dormitory options are provided in the main house, the other one is situated on the roof terrace, encompassing 360-degree views of this magical island.

Enjoy a stunning sea view from where your breakfast and dinner are served each day. All the camp employees strive to make your stay as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. Your bedroom is cleaned by a maid every day and there is also a laundry service available.

Being on an island, there is not much electricity available, but there is a solar system with full lighting, fans, plug sockets in each room, Wi-Fi, and solar heated water and showers providing all the comfort you need.

In addition to this, the surf camp collects plastic for recycling and has its own compost. NGor Island Surf Camp also features board parking, soap, towel, sunscreen, wax, boat service, water back-up reservoir, and solar water pressure pump.

NGor Island Surf Camp Senegal Program

Every day, one of the local surf guides will take you to the best of 21 spots. Surfing has no age limit; there are lessons for all ages and nationalities. The teachers at the surf school are all local surfers, some of the best in the country. They will teach you how to surf, guide, and give you an all African experience. You will be able to enjoy swells from the north, west, and south, offering potentially Africa's largest and most consistent swell window.

Instructors

Samba
Samba is in charge of airport transfers and is a tourist guide at NGor Island Surf Camp.
Jakie Samb
Jakie is a surf guide and teacher at NGor Island Surf Camp.
Kouka
Kouka is a surf guide and teacher at NGor Island Surf Camp.
Mour
Mour is a surf guide and teacher at NGor Island Surf Camp.

Location

The surf camp is located on the tiny island of Ngor, Africa’s westernmost point just off the coast of Dakar, Senegal. Having a length of 800 meters long and being situated 800 meters from the mainland, this spot has become a trendy place and a surfer hideaway. This is the home to Senegal's most famous wave, the Ngor right, featured in The Endless Summer.

The island is very peaceful and relaxed. The boat bringing you across the water is a pirogue, a traditional fishing boat. As soon as you step off the boat, you will feel the exotic atmosphere. Walking around the island, you can find small galleries offering art and music.

On the bay side, you will find quiet, white sandy beaches, where you can swim, relax, or eat lunch. At the local beach-side restaurants, they serve different fish, gambas, and lobsters caught by the local fishermen. There are also two small grocery shops selling drinks, snacks, and anything else you may need.

On the side facing the Atlantic Ocean, the coast is pounded by an almost constant swell. The solid rock foundation creates optimal conditions for surfing. A left and a right running at each their tide, picking up even the smallest Atlantic swell in the summer.

The waves here are consistent all year round, almost twice as consistent as in France and Morocco in the summer. And, despite nearly half a century of surfing in Senegal, there has never been a shark attack on a surfer.

The nightlife on the island is very calm and quiet. The camp organizes some barbecues with music and there is always a place to have a drink on the beach. You can also take a boat to the mainland, where you will find exciting discos and bars. In Senegal, you will find what you are looking for.

Nearby places

  • Dakar mainland - 5 minutes

Food

Breakfast

For breakfast, the surf camp offers a wide range of tasty food, including West African fruit and jam, seasonal fruit of Senegal, cheese, butter, honey, and much more. There is also a wide range of beverages available, such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and local Senegalese tea.

For powering up, there are baobab and moringa powders available for power shakes. The baobab is known as the king of superfruits, as it contains vitamin C and antioxidants. This superfood has nearly four times more vitamin C than oranges and one of the highest antioxidant ratings.

Because vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, it is necessary to consume it on a daily basis. It is helpful in absorbing iron, which baobab powder also has in greater quantities per gram than red meat, lentils, and tofu.

The moringa leaves are rich in proteins and hold amino acids. They contain seven times as much vitamin C as oranges, four times as much calcium as milk, four times as much vitamin A as carrots, three times as much potassium as bananas, three times more iron than spinach, and more protein than chicken eggs.

Dinner

The camp takes pride in celebrating and encouraging people to discover the delicious traditional food of Senegal and West Africa. The food is completely fresh as the cook goes to the local market every morning to buy ingredients for the evening meal. The fish used is caught by the local fishermen on the island; therefore, it is fresh, local, and sustainable.

In addition to the local fish soup, fataya, or homemade moringa goat cheese, Mame also occasionally prepares delicious muffins. A choice of Senegalese vegan and vegetarian food is also offered. Please notify NGor Island Surf Camp upon arrival your requirements or if you suffer from any allergies.

Couscous is probably the most renowned North African dish. It can be prepared with lamb, mutton, chicken, or mergez, or all of them for the royal couscous. This dish is prepared with a wide range of vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, aubergine, turnip, celery, and zucchini. The mix of spices, like raz-el-hamout and paprika, makes it really tasty.

The Guinea broche or sweet potatoes leaves are cooked in different ways in Africa. One of the usual ways is to cook them as spinaches and prepare a sauce with them. The main ingredients that compose the sauce are cassava leaves, gumbos, tomatoes, onions, fish, palm oil, and salt and pepper. This sauce is served with white rice.

Mafé is an African dish cooked in Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, and Gambia. The taste comes from the main ingredient: peanut butter. The vegetables used are onions, cassavas, carrots, aubergine, and sweet potatoes. It can be cooked with all kinds of meat, chicken, beef, sheep, or fish, or simply without meat for vegetarians. Mafé is served with rice and some sauce spread on it.

Thiébou-dieun or rice and fish is the Senegalese national dish. The particularity of thiébou-dieun comes from the way of cooking it, simmered in tomato sauce and cooked in one single pot to allow all the ingredients to share their flavors together. There are no rules to cooking thiébou-dieun.

A variety of vegetables is used, including maniocs, cassavas, squashes or pumpkins, carrots, and aubergine. For the fish, it is the same as the vegetables, it depends just on the fisherman. This dish can also be cooked with meat and is called thiébou-yapp or rice and meat.

Thiou curry can be prepared with different meats, such as lamb, chicken, or beef. The meat is fried in a pan with some onions. The vegetables are cooked in the tomato sauce as with the thiébou-dieun, in order to have each ingredient share its flavor. Cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, cassavas, gumbos, and green and yellow pepper give colors to this dish. That makes it as colorful as delicious. It is served with white rice.

Vermicelli meat is a savory food. The meat is first cooked in some water and garlic in order to give it its tenderness. The soup stock is kept away and used to finish the sauce. The meat is fried with the onions for a few minutes. Then mustard, vinegar, spices, and the classical salt and pepper are added.

Once it is well seasoned, it is time to add the soup stock to the preparation and let it simmer down until it gets the right smoothness. In other places, the vermicelli is cooked with a little bit of sugar, vinegar, and saffron diluted in water.

Yassa fish balls is another Senegalese dish. The balls are made with minced fish, salt, pepper, garlic, some spices, and stale bread to give the balls consistency. Then, they are ready to be shaped and fried. The sauce is made with fresh tomatoes and onions, as well as vinegar, salt, and pepper. Yassa fish balls are served with white rice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Beach soccer with the locals
  • Diving
  • Djembe, learn to play the local African drum
  • Fishing trips for marlin, tuna, barracuda, and more
  • Guided tourist trips to Senegalese tourist attractions
  • Private French lessons in the surf camp
  • Snorkeling
  • Spearfishing with the local fishermen
  • Visit Dakar's exciting nightlife with your surf guides

Spa treatments

There are massages available for an additional cost.

What's included

  • 12 days of surf school with equipment
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers to and from Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR)
  • Boat to the spots around Ngor Island
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Daily local surf guide to the best spots
  • Drinking water, coffee, and tea
  • Van to the south spots and for surf trips

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Beverages other than water, coffee, and tea
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. NGor Island Surf Camp will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport Airport transfer included: Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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