Intro:


From the areas where we have been sailing I collected waypoints, routes and sailed tracks. You can use the program OPENCPN to import these waypoints, routes or tracks as .gpx files. Go to the Route manager option and select import gpx file. The waypoints, routes and tracks will become visible on the map and listed in the Route manager window.
Digital maps we used in CMAP were not accurate, but Google Earth images give better results. So visit Google Earth when you have good Internet connection and download the areas in the cache storage of your computer. Mind that you keep your internet history as long as you like to use the downloaden images.
Right mouse click here to download (save target as) calibrated images of the River Gambia, River Gambia in Google Earth. These images can be used in OpenCPN. Or make them your self by using the program GE2KAP (http://www.gdayii.ca/index.php?p=1_2_Downloads).

To import the gpx files into Google Earth select File - Open and choose GPS from the select box right under, then the option to list and import gpx files is available.
We used the RCC pilot West Africa in addition to information from visiting yachts. For tidal informotion we used the program XTide.
The main streams of Saloum and casamance are marked and always deeper as 2.5 meter. In the side creeks you have to look for deep water your self. The river bed is meandering, and navigation for the channel is done by differences in color of the water or different movement of the surface water. Also you can find directions from the eroded (or not) shore line. The easiest way is to find sailed tracks from previous visiting yachts or ask a local fisherman to travel in front of you. Our sailed tracks can be downloaded from this page by a right click on the map and choose download file.
Our draft is 1,5 meter, reports of the area can be found on our weblog www.sy-gabber.nl and or sy-gabber.blogspot.com (sorry in Dutch, try Google translate). Anchorage can be found anywhere, mind the changing of the current with the tide.
Right mouse click here to download (save target as) some calibrated images of the River Saloum and Casamance, River Saloum and Casamance in Google Earth. These images can be used in OpenCPN.



Sailed track and anchorages at Saloum river    Sailed track and anchorages at Casamance river

Senegal river Saloum


click right mouse to save target gpx file with waypoints of Senegal, Saloum river
Date collected: 2012
Source: derived from sailed track

Entrance is on the south and marked. We obtained fresh water in Marigot Ndangane with the help of Campement sAKADO. A petrol station is in Foudiounge at the end of the village near the fresh market and also in Ndangane. We bought fish from pasing fisherman, 1 kilo fish = CFA 1.000,-, 1 kilo shrimps CFA 2.500,-, local food CFA 500,- / 1.000,- per plate.


click right mouse to save target gpx file with waypoints of Senegal, Saloum river
Date collected: 2012
Source: derived from sailed track.

click right mouse to save target gpx file with waypoints of Senegal, Saloum river
Date collected: 2012
Source: derived from sailed track

click right mouse to save target gpx file with waypoints of Senegal, Saloum river
Date collected: 2012
Source: derived from sailed track

when you enter this creek you will be meeting Momo and Wasa. They are friendly and try to attract you to their local restaurant (No Stress), the food is good but very expensive for local food. When you want to visit the nearby town Dionouar you better anchor near that site of the creek.

Senegal river Casamance


click right mouse to save target gpx file with waypoints of Senegal, Casamance river
Date collected: 2012
Source: derived from sailed track



When we returned from our trip at CVD in Dakar we found tracks of other sailors from the Casamance area. The draft of the vessel was 1,8m I was told. Right click on map to download the tracks as a zip file.
Sailed track and anchorages at Casamance river, click right mouse to download zipfile


Gambia


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Date collected: 2012
Source: derived from sailed track Check in procedure has to be done at Half Die as customs wants to visit your yacht. Officialy no payment is needed but we heared many reports form visiting yachts that were asked to give presents in either money, food, pencils, parfum etc.. We had help from the navy to visit the officials. But immigration can be found easy near the ferry departure point. We were told, by customs and navy, that there is no need to visit harbour officials for a so called travel permit up river. This permit is only a paper telling you to stay well clear from Baboon Island (Chimpansee refuge) as it is a nature reserve wich you may NOT enter, stay at least mid stream or on the opposite bank.
The local Fishing and boating Association of Denton Bridge is very helpfull and we found it the best place to stay. The local "boatboys" will ask for jobs at a price level of "give from the heart". Fresh water, petrol, cold drinks, food, fresh fish and easy transport to either Banjul or Serrakunda are available.



click right mouse to save target gpx file with waypoints of Gambia
Date collected: 2012
Source: derived from sailed track



click right mouse to save target gpx file with waypoints of Gambia
Date collected: 2012
Source: derived from sailed track



click right mouse to save target gpx file with waypoints of Gambia
Date collected: 2012
Source: derived from sailed track



click right mouse to save target gpx file with waypoints of Gambia
Date collected: 2012
Source: derived from sailed track