We are looking forward to this weekend as we have been invited to Sandele Eco Retreat with the rest of the gang as a twin birthday celebration for Emma and Geri. Sandele of which the first phase opened in 2007 is close to the Senegal border and the village of Kartong, it is the dream of Geri and Maurice in conjunction with the local community to create an Eco Hotel with material sourced from the near area, bricks made by compressing mud and shells to help bond the cement, a wind turbine for the electricity, solar panels and the famous composting toilets to name just a few. The employees are all from the village of Kartong and after twenty five years the community will assume complete ownership.
After an early breakfast I set about making sandwiches for a picnic and getting ready the clothes and beach bag items, packing them in a small holdall whilst Paul went to buy a bottle of wine for Geri and some snacks to take along with the picnic food. With everything packed in the boot of the car we gave Emily a quick call to say we were on our way as she was travelling down with us. Just as we set off Felix phoned asking us to take some crates of pop and beer so we made a quick detour to Safari Garden all loaded up we finally picked up the coast road towards Kartong. We were soon at the fishing village of Tanji and could smell the smoke houses where they smoke bongo fish the finished result is similar to kippers. As we were nearing Sanyang a car drove along side of us and piped his horn it was Ebrima, we waved and continued on passing the village of Gunjur.