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Authentic Cultural Experience of Senegal – 6 Days

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Duration

6 days 5 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Experience the Authentic Culture of Senegal on this 6 Day tour. Highlights of this tour include; the African Renaissance Monument, Goree Island, Pink Lake, Kaolack, Touba, Ndagane, Saly, and many more

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The African Renaissance Monument
  • Goree Island
  • Pink Lake
  • Kaolack
  • Touba
  • Ndagane
  • Saly

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DAKAR, SENEGAL

Upon arrival at the Blaise Diagne International Airport, proceed through immigration formalities, claim luggage, and clear customs, you will be warmly met and transferred to your hotel. Relax and unwind for the rest of the day

Hotel: Hotel Farid

DAY 2: DAKAR CITY TOUR – GOREE
DAY 2: DAKAR CITY TOUR – GOREE

Following breakfast, we depart on a discovery tour of Dakar. Sites include the African Renaissance Monument: a 164 Feet high monument unveiled in 2010, 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 government to lengthen her formerly short skirt, at a cost of more than US$ 10 million, to a more modest length. We will also visit 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 mostly pastel-colored colonial-era buildings from where you can enjoy an amazing view over Dakar bay. Among the most famous buildings here in the House of Slaves which records the painful history of Goree’s past. Observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions of Africans passed on the way to slavery in the Americas. The tour includes a visit to the ethnographic museum and a lecture by the curator on the history of Goree. We return to Dakar overnight.

Hotel: Hotel Farid

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: DAKAR – PINK LAKE – TOUBA – KAOLACK
DAY 3: DAKAR – PINK LAKE – TOUBA – KAOLACK

After breakfast and check out, we depart to Kaolack stopping at points of interest. En route, visit Pink Lake, a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of microorganisms and a high concentration of salts which gives the lake its unique pink color. Interact with the women harvesting salt. 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, the only brotherhood born in Senegal. Learn about the history of Touba, an autonomous city that is much like the Vatican and also noted as one of the most significant cities in Senegal. We proceed to Kaolack, a crossroad of various civilizations and well noted as Senegal’s peanuts basin. En route, visit a Fulani or Wolof village, its St. Maure – an open market if time permits.

Hotel: Relais

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: KAOLACK – NDAGANE
DAY 4: KAOLACK – NDAGANE

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 one double circle. There are more than 11000 carved stones on the site. Nearby is the quarry from which were extracted the monoliths were extracted and where more than hundreds have been traced. We continue to the Sine Saloum. Sail through the mangroves forest to see some river birds and enjoy the beautiful views of nature. Overnight in Niagara.

Hotel: Cordon Bleu

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: NDAGANE – JOAL – SALY
DAY 5: NDAGANE – JOAL – SALY

After a well-deserving breakfast, we check out and drive to Saly. En route, visit some 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

DAY 6: SALY – DAKAR – DEPART

Enjoy the day at leisure. You will be transferred to the airport 3 hours prior to your onward flight time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • 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, 4 Dinners)
  • Admission to listed sites
  • Cost of visa
  • Flights to/from Africa
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuity for driver and guide
  • Meals not listed
  • Personal expenses

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