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Discover Senegal: Although Senegal has plenty to offer, you might easily spend your whole time soaking in the sights and sounds of busy Dakar, the country’s city and West African gateway. But don’t be seduced; there are more wonderful sights to visit than you have time for. Get away from Dakar and discover some of Senegal’s hidden treasures, such as Pink Lake, a remarkable phenomenon situated only an hour from Dakar, where the high concentration of salt and bacteria gives the water its distinctive pink hue.
A twenty-minute ferry voyage brings you to Goree Island, where the calm environment and pastel-colored cottages betray the island’s horrific past. If you’re in the Dakar area on Sunday, plan to spend a few hours at Abbaye de Keur Moussa, a Benedictine abbey founded in the early 1900s where Sunday mass is performed with traditional African musical instruments including Koras, Balafons, and Soft Drums.
On arrival in Senegal, our expert cultural tour guide will meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel in a private vehicle. Once you have checked you in, your guide, who will be with you throughout your stay, will brief you on what to expect during your stay in Senegal Meal(s) Included: No Overnight at Hotel Farid or Similar
After breakfast, begin the city tour of Dakar and vicinity. From Independence Place, the heart of the city, you will pass by presidential palace and the main cathedral before continuing by a seafront drive towards Soumbedioune market, and the mosque de la revelation. This tour will show you the contrasts between some upscale residential areas and other popular neighbourhoods Next visit popular hotspots like Kermel market or Tillem market. Next visit the Renaissance Monument, a 164 foot high monument, overlooking Dakar that is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The once controversial bronze statue is a popular attraction among locals as well as visitors. Early afternoon, drive to visit Pink Lake. Pink lake is a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of microorganism and high concentration of salts which gives the lake its pink color. Nowadays, the color is not often pink because of high salt production. Interact with the women harvesting salt. We continue to visit the nearby Fulani village before returning to Dakar. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner Overnight at Hotel Farid or Similar
After breakfast, we depart by ferry to Goree Island, a now tranquil UNESCO World Heritage Site that has a quiet turbulent past. Explore the usually quiet streets lined with pastel colored colonial era buildings. Among the most famous buildings here is the House of Slaves which records the history of Goree’s past. Observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions passed on the way to slavery. The curator will take you through the history of Goree. There is time to visit the Town Square, the Historical Museum and the tranquil streets. After lunch we return to Dakar and visit the massive and Museum of Black Civilization, Africa’s most modern and complete museum covering 4 floors with historical artifacts from all over Africa. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner Overnight at Hotel Farid or Similar
After breakfast, depart for the drive to Saint Louis. En-route, stop in Thies, which is known for beautiful crafts, tapestries and baskets hand woven by local artisans. Visit the Tapestry Factory and the Artisanal Village- a compound of thatched huts, home to local artists displaying wares for sale such as tie-dye clothing, textiles, drums, jewellery, sculptures, and paintings. You will have the opportunity to purchase baskets, hats and other items at bargain prices. Visit the nearby village of Ngaye where handicraft leather goods are made. Continue to St. Louis and check into your hotel. After check in you will then explore the narrow streets flanked by houses with carved wooden balconies and verandas. You will see the governor’s palace, a fortress built in the 18 century; you will see the only world’s only mosque with a ball dating to the colonial period. Next visit the fishing port of Guet N’dar. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight at La Residence or Similar
This morning you will visit the Djoudj National Bird Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), which is one of the most important bird sanctuaries in the world. Situated on a major palearctic migratory route, this park is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. Some of the world’s greatest concentrations of white pelicans and flamingos can be seen here: up to 10,000 species are found here. Enjoy a pirogue ride to better observe the many species of cormorants, pelicans, ducks, flamingos, various songbirds and others. You may also see crocodiles, boas, boars and other wildlife. If this is in the raining season then you will cruise on the “Langue de Barbarie” to see river birds This afternoon you can drive a few miles outside of the city of St Louis visit interesting nomad villages including Gondiol. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight at La Residence or Similar
Today leave St Louis and head to Touba, the Holy city of the Mouride Brotherhood. Get to know the only city in West Africa that is autonomous of central government, the residents pay no taxes. Touba is regularly compared to Vatican in its autonomous administration. Visit the main facilities and hear about the history of Mouridism and its founder. After Touba, we continue to Saly Resort, with Senegal’s most pristine beaches. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner Overnight at Royam Or Similar
Today is at leisure for individual activities. At the right time you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast