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Discover Senegal – 7 Days

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Duration

7 days 6 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Francais

Overview

Discover Senegal

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.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Renaissance Monument
  • Pink Lake
  • Goree Island
  • Saint Louis
  • Djoudj National Bird Park
  • Touba

Itinerary

Day 1 Dakar, Senegal
Day 1 Dakar, Senegal

When you arrive in Senegal, our cultural tour guide will meet you, help you, and transport you to your accommodation in a private vehicle. After you check-in, your guide, who will accompany you during your stay in Senegal, will inform you on what to anticipate during your trip.

Meal(s) Included: No

Overnight at Hotel Farid or Similar

Day 2 Dakar – Pink Lake
Day 2 Dakar – Pink Lake

Begin your city tour of Dakar and its surroundings after breakfast. From the city's hub, Independence Place, you'll pass through the presidential palace and the main church before continuing on a coastal drive to Soumbedioune market and the mosque de la revelation. This trip will show you the differences between certain posh communities and other popular ones. Next, pay a visit to prominent locations such as Kermel market or Tillem market.

Next, see the Renaissance Monument, a 164-foot-tall monument that towers above Dakar and is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The once-controversial bronze figure is now a popular attraction for both residents and visitors.



Drive to Pink Lake in the early afternoon. Pink lake is a rare natural phenomena generated by an unusual mix of microorganisms and a high salt content, which gives the lake its pink tint. Because to increased salt production, the hue is no longer frequently pink. Interact with the salt harvesting ladies.


Before returning to Dakar, we visit a local Fulani community.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Farid or Similar

Day 3 Dakar – Goree Island
Day 3 Dakar – Goree Island

After breakfast, we take the boat to Goree Island, a currently peaceful UNESCO World Heritage Site with a violent past. Explore the often calm lanes adorned with pastel-colored colonial-era structures.
The House of Slaves, which recounts Goree's history, is one of the most notable buildings here. Examine the "Door of No Return," which millions of people went through on their journey to slavery. The curator will walk you through Goree's history.

There will be time to explore the Town Square, the Historical Museum, and the peaceful streets.

We drive to Dakar after lunch to explore the huge Museum of Black Civilization, Africa's most current and extensive museum, which covers four levels and holds historical treasures from all across the continent.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Farid or Similar

Day 4 Dakar – Thies – Ngaye – St Louis
Day 4 Dakar – Thies – Ngaye – St Louis

After breakfast, begin your journey to Saint Louis. Stop in Thies along way for wonderful crafts, tapestries, and baskets handwoven by local artists.

Visit the Tapestry Factory and the Artisanal Village, which is a collection of thatched huts where local artisans sell their crafts such as tie-dye apparel, textiles, drums, jewelry, sculptures, and paintings.

Baskets, caps, and other goods will be available for purchase at reduced prices.

Visit the neighbouring town of Ngaye, which produces handcrafted leather items. Continue your journey to St. Louis and check into your hotel.

You will tour the tiny lanes lined by buildings with carved wooden balconies and verandas after checking in. You will witness the governor's residence, an 18th-century stronghold, as well as the world's only mosque with a ball dating from the colonial period. Next, go to the fishing village of Guet N'dar.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at La Residence or Similar

Day 5 St Louis – Djoudj Park – St Louis
Day 5 St Louis – Djoudj Park – St Louis

This morning, you'll go to Djoudj National Bird Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), one of the world's most important bird refuges. This park is a birder's paradise because it is located on an important palearctic migration route. With up to 10,000 species known, this area has some of the world's greatest numbers of white pelicans and flamingos. Take a pirogue trip to see the many cormorants, pelicans, ducks, flamingos, songbirds, and other species. Crocodiles, boas, boars, and other creatures are possible sightings. If it's raining, you'll take a sail along the "Langue de Barbarie" to observe river birds.

This afternoon, you can drive a few kilometers outside of St. Louis to explore intriguing nomad communities, such as Gondola.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at La Residence or Similar

Day 6 St Louis – Touba – Saly
Day 6 St Louis – Touba – Saly

Today, depart St. Louis for Touba, the Holy City of the Mouride Brotherhood.

Discover the only city in West Africa that is independent of central authority; citizens pay no taxes. Touba's autonomous governance is sometimes likened to that of the Vatican. Visit the major facilities and learn about Mouridism's history and founder.

After Touba, we travel to Saly Resort, which has some of Senegal's most beautiful beaches.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Royam Or Similar

Day 7 Departure Home

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

Included/Excluded

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the listed properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites
  • Meals indicated
  • Flights
  • Cost of visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide

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