Justine MacDonaldSouth Africa
Absolutely fantastic!! Oumar revised our 2-day tour several times according to our specifics. From the moment he met us, he regaled us with stories, humour and more Senegalese history than I can remember, speaking about happy and hurtful national events objectively for his audience. Oumar is a kind, respectful, amenable and joyful person. He went out of his way to assist me and my family. Mr Diop is the best driver in Senegal! His playfulness and care for my 6-year old was heartwarming. THANK YOU!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad I was able to share with you the Dakar that I love and have seen changed to the great city it is today.It was my pleasure touring with a real History lover.I certainly enjoyed you and your family.I really miss my boy.Hope our paths will cross again some time soon.
Federico PestilliUnited Kingdom
Oumar was an excellent guide with a wealth of knowledge about his city and it's attractions. His English is impeccable as he has lived in the US for a long time. It was a pleasure visiting the city with him and feeling perfectly at home. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating Mr Federico and your outstanding compliment.I am so glad you enjoyed as customer service satisfaction is my highest priority.Thank you again for choosing my beautiful country as your vacation destination.
Antoin JohnsonUnited States
Oumar were get on the with knowledge and update to occurrences. Got tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Antoin for the 5-star rating.It was a pleasure serving you and your family and I am pleased to know you enjoyed seeing my beautiful country.Please come back again.
Jonathan B.United States
Our visit to Bandia was wonderful. The opportunity to see animals such as rhinos, giraffes, and ostriches in a natural setting was very memorable. And of course, those monkeys! Watch your lunch! Oumar was our guide to Bandia, and he was very helpful in providing information about the reserve. On our way to and from the Bandia reserve, Oumar shared information about the culture of Dakar and Senegal, which was very interesting. I highly recommend Oumar for tours of Dakar and other parts of Senegal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's very kind of you to say these nice things about the tour I gave you,and I am happy you enjoyed your day so much.You reminded me of why I love what I do.Hope to see you again. Best wishes.
Jonathan B.United States
The day after arriving in Dakar, we took this half-day city tour with Oumar. It was a great way to get familiar with the many interesting parts of the city. Oumar was great and provided a lot of very helpful information for us to make our stay in Dakar a memorable one. I highly recommend Oumar as a guide. He is very nice, and his enthusiasm for providing information about Dakar and Senegal to visitors was greatly appreciated.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you most sincerely for the outstanding review of your recent tour of Dakar.You were all great company and a pleasure to be with on a memorable journey.I am pleased you all enjoyed the day and the experience and returned home safely with happy memories of your time in Dakar.Bye for now.
Meerim IlyasUnited States
I was in Dakar three weeks ago, and never been to West Africa before. I don't speak French, and traveled alone, so was a bit worried. I am so glad I found this ToursByLocals and Oumar as a guide! I contacted him through the website and he immediately responded with a reasonable rate and program. He knows the history of Senegal well, and because he lived in the US, it was nice to have deeper conversations too. I highly recommend Oumar! He is so reliable and fun too! Thank you, Oumar!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Meerim for your kind review and fantastic rating.Glad you enjoyed the tour.You were a pleasure to be with.I hope you can visit again
Oumar was an excellent guide and showed us the city and Goree Island the day we were there in Dakar . He is a thoughtful person and very knowledge about the history of his country. Oumar also displayed a sense of humour which is always appreciated and looked after extremely well. We would recommend his services to anyone going to Dakar and wanting to learn about the history there. Our driver was excellent as well. Thank you for a wonderful day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review and 5-star rating.I am so happy your full day was a joy in Dakar.It was a pleasure to share my local area with you.I love sharing this beautiful country and I have learned a great deal from those who travel to experience the real beauty of this proud land.I look forward to seeing you in a return visit.All the best.
Trevius WellsGA, United States
One of the best tours we've ever had. Working on limited days in country, & challenging time constraints, Oumar was able to accomplish everything on our wist list, plus he managed to add much more that we thought wouldn't be time for. His knowledge & passion for his country helped us gain a much deeper understanding than a lot of guides we've had in the past that seem to be reading a script. If you want an authentic Senegal experience Oumar is definitely the guide for you. Looking fwd to our return visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Trevius,thank you for your great testimonial.I am so happy that you all had a real good time with us.I am glad we got to see as much as we did in your short stay.Thank you one more time for your kind words and your generosity.Please pass on the good word that SENEGAL is a great place to vacation in.
Ronni ShawUnited States
Oumar is a gem. Smart, helpful, courteous, and full of information and enthusiasm. You will learn a lot and appreciate Senegalese culture and people in a deep and complete way. You can do no better.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your 5-star rating and outstanding review.I really loved meeting your beautiful family.It was like a day with my own family.It was lovely sharing the senegalese culture with you.I really would like to say the same thing about YOU.
Diane BoswellUnited States
This tour exceeded my expectations Oumar's vast knowledge about Dakar, the history and culture made the tour extremely interesting. The tour was conducted in a professional manner yet warm and friendly. He was always on time yet flex's le enough to accommodate my personal request and needs
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review.It was a real pleasure to reconnect with you after 20 years.I was very happy to show you my family.We had a wonderful time together.I hope to see you next year. All the best
Marc BlakemanEmeryville, CA, United States
Oumar provided a customized tour for me and my friend that fit into our schedule and took into account the things we wanted to see while in Senegal. I also explained that I was interested in culture and architecture and sought Oumar's suggestion as to a day trip outside of Dakar and he suggested a visit to the Great Mosque in Touba which was perfect. His English skills were great and we had two different drivers over the course of the tour and both were adept drivers and personable. Oumar was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking the time to leave such a marvellous review.I thoroughly enjoyed showing you and your friend around and delighted you both enjoyed the day.Thank you for the thoughtful review and thank you times ten.
Mitzie PierreUnited States
Oumar is an excellent tour guide! He is fluent in English, which was very helpful for our group visiting from tUnited States. He treated us like family and we trusted him completely. He was open to any and all questions we had and was very open to sharing Senegalese culture with us. He was extremely flexible with planning and went above and beyond in every aspect. The level of service we received exceeds the mere "tour guide" title. Oumar is truly a curator of experiences. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks to you Mitzie for your 5 star rating and your lovely review.There is no better way to put it together.Your group was awesome and I really got a kick out of being surrounded by very beautiful,professional and successful young women.I hope this trip will leave marks on your consciousness,your heart and your body.I also hope your pictures turned out well and give you great memories of our beautiful country.
Wendy G.United States
Oumar was a terrific partner in carrying out our art project in Dakar. He selected the prefect venue for our work, and he was an enthusiastic and effective partner on the project. His knowledge of the city and its people, and his great connections with the local authorities, were evident throughout our day together. Plus he provided very interesting insights into Senegal's current environment as well as its rich history. We recommend Oumar highly and know you will have a great experience with his help
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a lovely review! Thank you brian for taking time to offer and post such a positive review.It is much appreciated.Although challenging,it was a real pleasure to host this special *WORDS*project and truly enjoyed every single moment we spent together with ANN.Wishing you continued enjoyable travels and a safe return back to the United States.
Luke R.United States
Oumar is an absolute saint. His English is perfect and he may as well be the mayor of Dakar. He knows everybody and everyone and always gets to yes. That, coupled with his rich historical honest understanding of his country makes him the perfect guide. He is well worth the money and quite frankly the only way to see Dakar whether you're a solo traveler or a family of four. His recollections about spending 10yrs in Chicago are fascinating as well. Book him early and often!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my friend Luke for your outstanding review and the 5 star rating.I am pretty lucky I get to meet the best clients in the world.Touring around with LUKE was like touring with your best friend.It was a pleasure serving you and I am pleased to know you enjoyed seeing Dakar and Goree Island as much as I enjoyed showing it.I look forward to future contact with recommendations.Customer satisfaction is ALWAYS my highest priority.Happy traveling!
Jessica SchiffmanUnited States
Oumar is deeply knowledgeable about Senegal and eager to share what he knows. We visited several very interesting sites and came away with a rich cultural experience. We were a group of 4, ranging in age from mid-20's to upper 60's and we all felt grateful that we found Tours By Locals and Oumar. It's hard to pick out a favorite moment, but perhaps it was the ride around Langue de Barbarie in a local fishing boat.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words and 5 star rating.I really enjoyed taking your family on a tour.I am glad they too enjoyed every single moment of it.I am also happy you had a great time to see what my beautiful country had to offer.I hope you guys have enjoyed the rest of your trip in Guinea.Tell everyone else I said hello.Hopefully our paths will cross again some time in the future.
Davis F.United States
I recommend Oumar: * Built a custom tour, incl. Xing the Mauritanian border (which is not easy). * He has a partner driver (Pape), and several local guides as needed. * He insisted on picking me up and dropping me off at the airport for free, outside of the paid tour dates. He said he didn't want to risk my trip starting off poorly with a bad taxi experience. * His English is excellent * He has lived outside of Senegal, so he can compare Senegal when explaining things. * I felt very comfortable with him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Davis for your kind feedback and 5-star rating.I am so glad you enjoyed the tour.It was a great pleasure to meet you and show you around.I would love to receive another outstanding review of this kind.Because your review came so fast,you must be enthousiastic about my services.Glad that you enjoyed my expertise.
Charles CampbellUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback.As a professional tour Guide,it is important to me that my clients are extremely satisfied with their tours.Your feedback is gonna make me a better tour Guide.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to quality customer experiences and takes all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences. We have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our normal high standards.
Mark WilliamsUnited States
Oumar, and the driver (Papy) were terrific!! They took care of me every step of the way - making sure I was comfortable, happy, safe, and seeing everything I wanted to see. You can tell these guys really care a lot, and know a lot - and they understand customer needs too. They even invited me into their home. I strongly recommend this team - Oumar and Papy our wonderful - you are in very good hands with them!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mark, thank you very much for the great reviews and your 5-star rating.It made me happy to see happy and enjoying the tour and all of our wonderful destinations.I loved your spirit for adventure and your excitment for life. Thank you one more time for this wonderful opportunity to serve you and I hope our paths will cross again some time in the future.Stay blessed
Kevin EdwardsUnited States
Had a wonderful and unique cultural experience over the past couple of weeks with Mr. Oumar. We learned so much about Senegalese culture (and Gambia- although I don't really recommend Gambia). Having the personal guide and opportunities for interaction and an in depth experience made a world of difference. Our guide was excellent for making things we wanted to happen. We said we wanted view of the bridge and we got it. We wanted an extra excursion and we got it. Would definitely recommend Mr Oumar
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you most sincerely for your outstanding and thoughtful review for your recent tour with me. Guiding you guys was an absolute pleasure. Your generosity truly maches your spirit. I was delighted to be able to give you a local insight into our fabulous country. I enjoyed it so much myself. I am pleased you enjoyed every single moment we spent on your 16-day tour to West Africa. Long life and happiness to you all. Best regards Oumar
Jason WaresUnited States
I was in Senegal for a two-week work trip and had one free day. Oumar gave me a fantastic tour of Dakar, including Goree island. His knowledge of the city and its history is PhD level. He also helped me to find some great gifts for my wife and kids. Not only was the tour interesting and thorough, Oumar is a great guy and it was a pleasure to spend the day with him! I'd certainly recommend hiring Oumar to take you around!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your compliment and your 5 star rating. I am glad you enjoyed as it was an honor and priviledge to show you our beautiful country. Customer satisfaction is my highest priority. Like I said,my tours have a start time but they won't end until you are happy Thank you for choosing me to be your private Guide.
Charles WebbUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so very much for your 5-star rating.I am glad you enjoyed the tour
Michael GarnerUnited States
I traveled to Dakar on official business and had just a day to experience all that I could. Choosing Oumar was a great decision! Not only did he message me and call me in the US prior to my visit, he made it a priority to arrange a day that I wanted. My flight time and hotel were not known until the day I arrived and yet Oumar was there at my hotel with his driver, making the pick up effortless. Although I was only there for a day, it was wonderful and I would recommend Oumar for your trip to Dakar!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so very much for your review and your 5 star rating.So glad you enjoyed the tour.I wish you had more time to interact with the local population.You can see that I enjoy what I do and having an easy-going tour,makes it just that more enjoyable. Please come back again
Naveen DasaUnited States
Oumar did a great job creating my itinerary and taking me around Senegal and The Gambia. It was like taking a road trip with friends. Can't recommend him enough. He even met me when my flight landed early in the morning. Would definitely encourage you to reach out to him if you're interested in visiting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Naveen for your kind words and 5 star rating.I am glad we got to see as much as we did in your short stay.It was a pleasure being with you and being able to show you around.We had a ball on the way to the Gambia. Thank you for everything and come back
Jessica CoeUnited States
Uncle Oumar, as we affectionately came to call him, did an excellent job on this tour. From the beginning to the end of the tour he exceeded our expectations and went above and beyond to make us happy. Oumar was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Senegal, he was flexible with the tour and gave us a great mix of tourtist sightseeing and local interactions. While the tour was superb the extras, like airport pickup was an added bonus. Book with Oumar if you want a warm and honest guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys for your outstanding,kind words and fantastic rating.It is highly appreciated.I am so pleased that you enjoyed your tours.It was a great pleasure showing you around and thank you for being such nice guests.It was a pleasure and joy helping your family have a wonderful Dakar experience.Just been thinking about JASMIN playing with the unwelcoming goat.What a contrast.Tell my friend JOE that I said HI.
Lyssa DeehanUnited States
I had a fantastic tour of Dakar with Oumar! I can't wait to return to Senegal and work with him again. His warmth, knowledge, openness, and sense of humor are wonderful. You can't truly understand Dakar and Senegal without having a long chat with a local, and Oumar is the host of your dreams. He is organized, punctual, and delightful, and he works with a lovely driver with a nice car. Oumar goes above and beyond to make sure you get everything possibly out of your time in Dakar. Don't hesitate to book!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your 5 star rating and outstanding review.It was such a great pleasure to get to know you.You are such a wonderful person and I would like to express my appreciation for the tour opportunity.I am so glad you enjoyed the tour and one more time,thank you for your endless generosity.Your appreciation was highly reciprocated.
Kashira PattersonUnited States
He was great! Oumar and crew made sure we had a great experience and honestly went out of their way to ensure that we were able to work with them!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I really appreciate your wonderful words and your 5 star ratings.It was such a great pleasure to show you my beautiful homeland and looking forward to working with you in the future.
Erik GranumUnited States
Oumar gave us a wonderful tour of Dakar. He was able to tailor an experience for our interests, and he was happy to take detours and tell us about other things that weren't on the schedule. He arrived early to pick us up, and he was very warm and enthusiastic. He also speaks perfect English. The car provided was comfortable and the driver was safe and friendly. In all I would recommend the experience to anyone who wants to explore Dakar!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Dan for your review and your 5 star rating.It was such a great pleasure to show you around.It was the easiest tour to conduct because you guys were very cooperative.Thank you so much for everything you have done for us.
Veronica DeLuzeUnited States
He is a fantastic guide, with a sense of humor and very knowledgeable. He went out of his way to make my trip to Senegal great and for me to learn as much as I could about the country. I would recommend him to everyone I know and to anyone going to Senegal
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Veronica for your review and 5 star rating.You are such a sweet heart.We were not together for a LONG time but we were together for a GOOD TIME.Everybody's talking about how caring and easy-going you were and I hope our paths cross again sometime
Dan ClarkUnited Arab Emirates
Oumar was both extremely friendly and knowledgeable. As we made our way out of the city he gave us a great insight into the Senegalese culture and traditions. His English is excellent, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to get to know Dakar and indeed Senegal better.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your very kind review and your 5 star rating.It was such a great pleasure to be with you guys.It was such a great joy showing great people like DAN and ABDUL our great city. Last but not least,thank you for using TOURSBYLOCALS and for choosing me to show you around and for accepting my invitation to experience our culture.
Jakob Jukic WilfanSlovenia
a 5 star rating is almost not enough for the service, kindness and professionalism we received from Oumar! We constantly travel around the world for our work and very rarely meet someone who is willing to go out of their way to offer more than is expected. From planning the trip, making arrangements with hotels, picking the route, Oumar helped us on every step of the way. And last but not least, something that is rarely rated, just general kindness and good spirit. If you travel to Senegal get this guy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Words are not enough to express my feelings but I will just say you made my day.This was the only time I was away from home for 5 day and never missed home because it was like a family.You guys had been very cooperative,very understanding and fun to be with.You never wanted me to in your time,you were always in my time and I want to thank you from deep down my heart for everything you have done for my team.Please tell John and Mr *P* that I already miss them.
Edward RubinchukUnited States
Oumar was very much the consummate professional. Communication with him via email was smooth and easy, with prompt responses to each of my emails. Oumar is punctual, friendly, and well informed. His love for his country (Senegal) and his city (Dakar) was evident and resulted in a great two day trip. I would recommend him without hesitation when visiting Senegal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Edward for your kind review and your wonderful words.Thank you for making it easy for me to deliver an exceptional tour experience.
Peter MartinUnited Kingdom
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Oumar (and his team) were superb. He knows his city and his tour well, but also a great guy, funny and relaxed. Equal top for the best ever guide I have used, he is that good. A great time in a great city and Lac Rose is not to be missed. (Thank you Oumar, Asta and Sané).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to you for your kind words Mr Pete.Your generosity is out of proportion.It was like you were part of the family and you made it easy for Asta to learn quick.I am glad you enjoyed your visit and your appreciation was highly reciprocated.The windows are outstanding now.Thank you
Oumar did an excellent tour yesterday. I will recommend him 100%. His English is fluent and he is very knowledgeable and punctual.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my friend for your review and your 5 star rating.I was literally between a rock and a hard stone but in the end it created a happy client.My only mission and unique vision is the customer's satisfaction.
Walter HaydenUnited States
As agreed, Oumar met us at our ship at 8:45 AM. He had a comfortable air conditioned van with driver for our Dakar city and Goree Island tours. Oumar arranged a delicious Goree Island lunch. Oumar has an in depth knowledge of Dakar and Goree Island. At end of tour, Oumar provided dinner for us and delivered us to the airport at 7:30 PM. Overall we had a very pleasant day that was educational and enjoyable. Oumar is an experienced guide who strives to deliver everything promised. He has excellent English.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my friend for your kind review and your 5 star rating which always make me wanna strive to provide the best experience to my clients.I could not have been more pleased.Just to let you know that my wife enjoyed very much your company and wished you could have more time to hang out with us. Tell your wife I learned so much from her that will have a positive impact on my marriage.
Richard DowseUnited Kingdom
Absolutely excellent in every way. I was coming to Senegal on business and Oumar took care of everything; from swift progress through immigration to superb inside knowledge of the local history and culture. I have been to Senegal before but this time was so different. I left with such a clearer taste and understanding of the people and country. A guide is always good, but Oumar offers much more. I expect to return to the country for work and will without doubt be booking Oumar again. 10 out of 10!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Richard for your kind words.My number one goal is to always be ready to make sure my clients get what they want and more than they expect by being aware that time constraints matters a great deal for both of us.I do wish we could have covered more of Dakar.I am glad your time in Dakar went well.I do appreciate our time together as much as you do. My best regards to your wife and children. Again,I am very appreciative of your 5 star rating.
Donald CampbellUnited States
Our tour today was absolutely perfect. Oumar is an excellent, knowledgeable, and very professional guide. His English language skills are outstanding. Everyone in our group was thrilled with our day with him. The Pink Lake was very carefully and fully explained and the four wheel drive through the dunes was exciting and memorable. In every way this tour exceeded our expectation. Thank you very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Don,thanks for your*5 star review* and it was a real pleasure to host your group.Your outstanding review determines that my tours are worth taking.Your attention and cooperation throughout the tour made my job so much easier as it is not easy to have the attention of everybody at once.Let everyone in your group know that I enjoyed myself as much as they did.
Daniel FernandezUnited States
Oumar did an excellent job in taking through a very exciting tour, explaining every aspects of the tour in clearly spoken English. He demonstrated having command of the language and of the subject, in this case, Dakar. He is very energetic, and enthusiastic about his job, and this attitude explains why he is so likable. A super tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your outstanding feedback.You guys were fantastic and great to be with.That was one the easiest tours I have ever conducted and you made it that way.I feel honored that you took home a memorable experience of Dakar and that is what TBL is about.You have it your own way and we are always in your time.Gracias one more time and send my best regards to your beautiful wife.
Helga KelmUnited States
We very much enjoyed our tour led by Oumar. He is very knowledgeable about the history and people of Senegal. Oumar is very fluent in English and is very personable. We enjoyed the tour and highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank so much Helga.It is such a great honor to learn that you've appreciated the tour as much as I did.One of the most flexible tours ever.Without your cooperation and ongoing attention,it would not have been a success.Give a big hug to everyone on that tour for me.
Jay RajgopalUnited States
Oumar was a very professional guide. He showed up om time with his assistant/driver and was very knowledgeable and informative. Unfortunately our schedule didn't work out exactly as planned because of the horrendous traffic in Dakar, but that was not his fault and he did his best to reorganize things on the fly and make the best of it. I was impressed by his pride in Senegal and Africa (despite all the problems there) and by his desire to make things enjoyable for a visitor. I recommend Oumar highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was our pleasure to work with you. We highly appreciate your understanding the traffic situation and we do hope to have you back in Senegal for a better tour in the near future. It always lies within our responsibility to make our tour interesting, informative and safe, that is what we are here for. Thank you once again for your positive comment.
The day we spent with Oumar on October 10th was really nice and momorable. First, we were in the Bandia Animal Sanctuary and afterwards in Dakar where we saw the most important spots. Oumar is a very pleasant, positive and very knowing person who liked to provide us with all kind of information of his country. Furthermore, he was very flexible and personal wishes can be realised without problem. The kids wanted to take a short bath in the sea so that we finished our tour with this refresh. Thanks a lot!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind feedback.It was a genuine pleasure to show you and your family around.often time,you need to literally get out of your way to meet the client's needs and requirements in order to provide them with an exceptional tour experience.With TBL, we can make the impossible possible.Please send everybody else my best regards and I hope to see you guys again