Senegal (Dakar, Goree, Pink Lake, Bandia)
Have an introductory tour of Senegal located on the western coast of West Africa. Discover the capital city of Dakar with the Monument of African Renaissance and the Museum of Black Civilization; Goree island, a place full of history and the door of no return, Pink Lake, Bandia park, and the beach of Saly.
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DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DAKAR, SENEGAL
Upon arrival at the Blaise Diagne International Airport, you will be met, assisted, and transferred to your hotel in Dakar for check-in. Your tour guide will take you through a brief orientation on what to expect during your stay. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel: Le Ndiambour
DAY 2: DAKAR – GOREE – DAKAR
Following breakfast, begin our tour on a scenic drive around the center of the city where you will view Independence place, the presidential palace, and the main cathedral before arriving at the Soumbedioune market and the Mosque de la Revelation.
During this tour, you will see the difference between the nice residential areas and the popular neighborhoods. Visit the bustling Kermel market where women sell and buy fresh vegetables and seafood or the Tillem market for shopping for fabrics and many other local products.
We continue to the 2 most popular sites in Dakar: The Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, the highest in West Africa, and the huge Museum of Black Civilization.
After lunch in a restaurant to taste Senegalese dishes and drinks, we drive a short distance to the port and cruise to Famous Goree Island. Located 20 minutes from Dakar, Goree Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was an important slaves’ transit center before their deportation to America. Listen to the lecture of the curator on slavery in West African in general and the condition of the slaves in Goree in particular then visit the slaves’ house and its door of no return. Wander in the streets and explore the islands meeting and interacting with locals mostly craft men and women making and selling different articles. Cruise back to Dakar where our driver awaits to drive you to your hotel.
Refresh and go out for dinner in a local restaurant to taste Senegalese cuisine and drinks.
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
DAY 3: DAKAR – PINK LAKE – BANDIA – SALY
After breakfast, drive to Pink Lake separated from the Atlantic Ocean by narrow sand dunes. The pink color of this Lake is caused by the presence of microorganisms called Artemia Salina Bacteria and the
high salt content (a rate of 380g / Liter). This means the lake is 11 times saltier than the Atlantic Ocean and the second place in the rate of salinity after the Dead Sea.
In fact, the salt content changes with the seasons and the amount of daylight, with the lake actually fluctuating from a light mauve to deep pink.
Interact with the salt harvesters with a possibility to swim and float in the lake that is not more than 1.5m deep.
Get quads, buggy, or Jeep and enjoy a ride/drive to sand dunes and ocean. Have lunch at one of the many restaurants.
We will drive a short distance to the Bandia National Park which is housed in the heart of a classified forest; a reserve that covers more than 2 thousand hectares. Embark on a three Hours-Safari through a forest of Baobab and acacias trees to see mostly herbivorous wild animals such as buffalos, antelopes, impalas, gazelles, elands, kudu, giraffes, rhinos, monkeys, zebras…Birds’ species as small hornbills, eagles, vultures, kingfishers, grey herons…
We will get to a special baobab tree for an archeological course; the tomb of the Griots. Griots were peoples of caste such as storytellers, drummers, singers and once they passed away, they were often buried inside the hollow of the baobabs. With our local guide, we will learn more about these people. Enjoy refreshments at the bar beside the crocodile’s river and then drive to Saly beach.
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Overnight at Hotel Royam Saly
DAY 4: SALY – DEPART
Enjoy leisure at the beach or just stroll through the nearby craft market or souvenir shops for some shopping. Transfer to the airport 3 hours ahead of flight time.
Meals included: Breakfast
- Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
- Round-trip airport/hotel transfers
- Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
- Transportation in private vehicle
- Experienced cultural tour guide
- Meals indicated (Breakfast daily)
- Admission to listed sites