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We always do our best to make sure that our guests are at the best place, at the right time. Checking up on local swell forecasts and most important watching the spots at first light. If the conditions are good the camp bell will be ringing, then off for a sunrise session before breakfast. There is always a cup of coffee and some fruit to grape before going out the door. Our boatman "Bai Dam" lives in the camp and will take us to the mainland or to the spot, by boat, with a guide.
Close to the capital city of Dakar, the camp offers a nice and clean place for you to relax. Come and enjoy our endless summer type of life.
The camp offers a chillout area with heated pool, outside showers and sunbeds - a perfect place to chill after a long day 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 surrounding Ngor from the roof terrace. From here you can also see the stunning sunset over the Atlantic ocean at the most western point of Africa.
We are located just 50 meters from the most consistent wave in West Africa, overlooking the spot from our 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 from the solar system (heated by the African sun). The two dormitory options are provided in the main house, the other 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 we also have a laundry service available.
Surfing has no age limit. We have lessons for all ages, levels and nationalities. From people that never saw a board or the sea, to those that already have previous experience of surfing but still don`t feel comfortable with it and those who have been riding waves for years and want to improve their technique. The teachers at the surf school are all local surfers, some of the best in the country. The will teach you how to surf, guide and give you an all African experience.
The surfcamp is located on the tiny island of NGor, Africas Western most point just off the coast of Dakar - Senegal. Eight hundred meters long and another eight hundred from the mainland, this spot has become a trendy place and a surfer hideaway. Home to Senegal's most famous wave, the NGor right was featured in "The Endless Summer" movie.
The island is a very peaceful and relaxed. The boat bringing you across the water is a 'pirogue' (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 beachside restaurants they serve different fish, gambas, lobster all caught by the local NGor fisherman. 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 almost constant swell. The solid rock foundation is creating 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 night life on the island is very calm and quiet. At the camp we organize 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 (Dakar) which is only 5 minutes away where you will find exciting discos and bars in best Senegal style. We promise that you will find what you are looking for.
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Breakfast and dinner is included in the price.
We offer a wide range of tasty food for breakfast e.g. exotic west african fruit and jam, seasonal fruit of Senegal, cheese, butter, honey and much more. There are also a wide range of beverages available such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate and local Senegalese tea. Try our power shakes, for powering up in the morning. We have Baobab powder and Moringa powder.
This is how we make our shakes, but you can make them as youd like: Two spoons of Baobab powder, Two spoons of Moringa powder, two spoons of milk powder, fruit jams or fruits sweetened with honey and last but not least, water.
Baobab is the king of superfruits. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and antioxidant found in abundance in Baobab powder. This superfood has nearly 4 times more Vitamin C than oranges, and has one of the highest antioxidant ratings. Because Vitamin C cant be stored in our bodies its necessary to consume it on a daily basis. Vitamin C is helpful in absorbing iron, which Baobab powder also has in greater quantities per gram than red meat, lentils and tofu.
Moringa leaves are rich on proteins and holds amino acids. Moringa powder is a natural source of protein. Moringa leaves contain: 7 times as much vitamin C as oranges, 4 times as much calcium as milk, 4 times as much vitamin A as carrots, 3 times as much potassium as bananas and 3 times more iron than in spinach. It also contains more protein than in chicken eggs!
We take pride in celebrating and encouraging people to discover the traditional food of Senegal and west africa, which is extremely delicious. 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 our home made moringa goat cheese, Mame also occasionally prepares delicious muffins for us to enjoy at the camp.
Thibou-dieun (rice and fish) is the Senegalese national dish.
The particularity of thibou-dieun comes from the way of cooking it, often 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 Thibou-dieun. A variety of vegetables are used, including, maniocs, cassavas, squashes or pumpkins, carrots and aubergines. For the fish it is the same as the vegetables, depends just on the fisherman. This dish can also be cooked with meat and is called Thibou-yapp (rice and meat).
Mafe is a west african plate. Maf is an African dish cooked in Senegal, Mali, Ivory coast and Gambia. The principal taste comes from the main ingredients, the peanut butter. The vegetables used are onions, cassavas, carrots, aubergine, and sweet potatoes. It can be cooked with all kind of meat, chicken, beef, sheep and even fish or simply without for vegetarian. Maf is served with rice and some sauce spread on it.
Yassa fish balls is another Senegalese dish, you would be surprise of! The balls are made with minced fish, salt, pepper, garlic, some spices and stale bread to give the consistency to the balls. Then, there are ready to be shape and fried! Fresh tomatoes and onions composed the sauce add it vinegar, salt and pepper. Yassa fish balls is served with white rice.
Vermicelle 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 use to finish the sauce. The meat is fried with the onions for few minutes then mustard, vinegar, spices and the classical salt and pepper are added. Being well-seasoned its time to add the soup stock to the preparation and let it simmer down until the right smoothness. In the meantime, the vermicelli are cooked with a little bit of sugar, vinegar and saffron diluted in water.
Thiou curry is another west African plate. This dish can be prepared with different meats as lamb, chicken or beef. The meat is fried in a pan with some onions. The vegetables cook in the tomatoes sauce, as the Thibou-dieun, in order that each one share their flavor. Cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, cassavas, gumbos, green and yellow pepper give colors to this dish. That makes it as colorful as delicious. Served with white rice.
Guina broche (sweet potatoes leaves sauce). The sweet potatoes leaves are cooked in different ways in Africa. One of the usual way is to cook it as spinaches and prepare a sauce with. The main ingredients who compose the sauce are cassava leaves, gumbos, tomatoes, onions, fish, palm oil, and salt and pepper. This sauce is serve with white rice.
Couscous is probably the most renowned north african dish. It can be prepared with lamb, mutton, chicken or mergez and even with all of them for the royal couscous . As the other meals, couscous is prepared with a wide range of vegetables, potatos, carrots, aubergine, turnip celery and zucchini. The mix of spices, for example raz-el-hamout and paprika, makes it really tasty.
Beach soccer with the locals
Djembe - learn to play the local african drum
Fishing trips (Marlin, Tuna, barracuda and more)
Guided tourist trips to the senegalese tourist attractions
Private French lessons in the surf camp
Spearfishing with the local fishermen
Visit Dakar's exciting night life with our surf guides
When coming to NGor Island Surf Camp, you should fly into Dakar airport (DKR). We provide airport transfer by car and by boat (return) within the price.
"Jesper runs an amazing establishment and knows the Senegal coastline very well. He's polite, multi-lingual, efficient and caring. He's organized a wide variety of rooms on the island, all of which benefit from the extraordinary location--no cars, no mosques, few chickens, few kids: just crashing waves and moderately cold beer. If you haven't been to Africa before, this is a great way to ease into one of the continent's most fun cities. The surf camp is a great, calm base of operations for exploring the rich tourist offerings of Senegal. And you don't want to get within a mile of Pancho's surf camp (a competitor) because Pancho is an unstable aggressive person who ruins the vibe whenever he enters the water. By contrast, Jesper and his team are well liked and respectful. Check them out!"
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" This is an awesome surf camp! The island is only a 2 minute science boat ride from N'gor beach, whereas the beach is 20 minutes or so from Dakar airport. The vibe of the camp is just right chilled with a focus on getting lots of good waves. Each day Jesper (the owner) uses his local expertise to pick the right surf spot for clients of different abilities. The transport is organized by the camp, and if you miss the first group heading out it, it's easy enough to jump in one of the ridiculously cheap taxis located on the mainland.There is a variety of different waves in the nearby area: from sandy beaches to fast, shallow reefs. The best thing is the distinct lack of people; locals consider the line-up crowded when there is more than a couple of surfers.Dinner is pretty tasty and there is always plenty for second/third helpings.Negatives: beware of the urchins. It can also be seriously hot and humid in the summer months and the island has no air con. Be prepared to sweat!"
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"Imagine each morning waking up, eating some breakfast, surfing all day, napping in a hammock, and then eating a delicious dinner surrounded by likeminded friends from around the world. This is surf camp.I loved staying on the island. I loved the other guests, I loved the accommodation - simple, but lovingly decorated in an aloof coolness. The dinners were excellent - and lovely to sit around and chat with guests from around the world.I hadn't surfed before, and Mour, their in-house instructor, gave me daily lessons. Not only did I learn to surf, it lit in me a new passion - I've since surfed around the world whenever I can find a wave. Jasper and his family are so gracious and welcoming.Finally, to note, as a young American woman traveling in Senegal on my own, surf camp provided the best possible scenario to introduce me to Dakar. I felt safe, taken care of, and inspired to relax and feel totally at home!"
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"Super setup for surf and chill. Wonderful and helpful hosts, plus heaps of breaks nearby! We had 16 perfect, almost, days of surf during Christmas and January! Easy access to Dakar peninsular and exploration of Senegal! Definitely coming back!!!"
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