6 days 5 nights
Authentic Cultural Experience of Senegal tour – On this 6-day journey, you will learn about Senegal’s culture. The African Renaissance Monument, Goree Island, Pink Lake, Kaolack, Touba, Ndagane, Saly, and many more attractions are highlights of this journey.
Upon arrival at the Blaise Diagne International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Relax and unwind for the rest of the day. Hotel: Hotel Farid
Following breakfast, we depart on a discovery tour of Dakar. Sites include: the African Renaissance Monument: a 164 Feet high monument overlooking Dakar and is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The once controversial bronze statue is a popular attraction among locals as well as visitors. It features a man, woman and child pointing, a symbol of renewed African hope. The woman is now decently clothed, as conservative groups forced the lengthening of her formerly short skirt, at a cost of more than US$ 10 million, to more modest length. We will also visit the Independence Place, the heart of the city, you will pass by the presidential palace and the main cathedral. In the afternoon, depart on a 20 minutes ferry ride to visit the charming yet infamous Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the usually quiet Streets lined with pastel colored colonial era buildings from where you can enjoy amazing views over the Dakar bay. Among the most famous buildings here is the House of Slaves which records the painful history of Goree’s past. Observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions passed.. The tour includes a visit to the ethnographic museum and a lecture by the curator on the history of Goree. We return to Dakar for overnight. Hotel: Hotel Farid Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast check out and depart to Kaolack stopping at points of interest. Enroute, visit Pink Lake, a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of microorganism and high concentration of salts which gives the lake its unique pink color. Interact with the salt harvesters.. We continue to the holy city of Touba. Visit one of the largest and magnificent mosques in West Africa. You will learn about Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, the spiritual founder of Mouridism. Learn about the history of Touba, an autonomous city which is much like the Vatican and is one of the most significant cities in Senegal. We proceed to Kaolack, a crossroad of various civilizations and well regarded as Senegal’s peanut production center. Enroute, visit Fulani or Wolof villages. Hotel: Relais Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
In the morning, we’ll drive close to Gambia Border to the megalithic circles of Sine Ngayene a UNESCO World Heritage site. This complex is made of 52 circles of standing stones. There are more than 11000 carved stones on the site. Nearby is the quarry from which the monoliths were extracted and where more than hundreds have been traced. We continue to the Sine Saloum. Sail through the mangroves forest to spot river birds and enjoy the beautiful views of nature. Overnight in Ndagane. Hotel: Cordon Bleu Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
After a well deserved breakfast, we check out and drive to Saly. Enroute, visit villages, millenary and sacred trees. We will also visit Joal, a former Portuguese settlement and the birthplace of Senghor, the first president of Senegal. Walk on a wooden bridge to Fadiouth island settled on a pile of shells and see the mixed cemetery where Animists, Muslims, and Christians alike are buried side by side. We continue to Mbour and visit the fishing port before checking in your hotel in Saly. Hotel: Royam Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy the day at leisure. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Meals included: Breakfast