There are moments when I realize just how incredible of an experience being a Peace Corps Volunteer is. During my trip to Dindefelo Falls, the largest waterfall in Senegal, with two of my closest friends in Peace Corps, I had quite a few of those moments.
After finishing our breakfast sandwiches in the morning, Emma, Andrew, and I started our 35 kilometer bike ride to Dindefelo Falls. Three hours later, we arrived in Dindefelo, the closest village to the waterfall. After treating ourselves to a Gazelle after our long ride, we began the 45 minute hike to the waterfall. Luckily for us, we had the whole waterfall to ourselves. We spent the afternoon swimming underneath the falls and enjoying the view before heading back to the village.
We had heard rumors of a village near the top of the waterfall, and after asking around a bit, we found someone to guide us to the village. While our guide was literally dancing up the mountain, I was realizing just how out of shape I was. However, after about 45 minutes of climbing, the four of us made it to the plateau, and the views did not disappoint. You could see the entire village of Dindefelo as well as the beautiful views of the surrounding area.
The next day, we explored the rest of the plateau – trekking to the source of the waterfall, the caves, a rock formation called “the teeth,” and a second, smaller waterfall. That afternoon, the three of us made our way back down the mountain to Dindefelo and rode back to Kedougou meme before heading back to our respective villages.
After an exciting two-day adventure, it felt great to get back to Bembou and settle back into life at site. The craziness of life as a Peace Corps Volunteer – one day you can be swimming under a waterfall and the next, drinking tea with your host family practicing Malinke. I can’t wait to explore Senegal further – both in Kedougou and around the rest of the country!