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Introducing Senegal – 6 Days

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Duration

6 days 5 nightd

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Introducing Senegal

Introducing  Senegal – This journey will take you to some of Senegal’s incredible features, including Goree Island, the Renaissance Monument, the Museum of Black Civilization, Pink Lake, Bandia, and a rural Senegal exploration tour to meet residents in their communities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Goree Island
  • The Renaissance Monument
  • The Museum of Black Civilization
  • Pink Lake, Bandia
  • Discovery tour of rural Senegal to meet locals in their villages.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DAKAR, SENEGAL
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DAKAR, SENEGAL

You will be welcomed, escorted, and taken to your Dakar hotel for check-in upon arrival at the Blaise Diagne International Airport. Your tour guide will give you a quick overview of what to anticipate throughout your stay. Take the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Hotel: Novotel Dakar

DAY 2: DAKAR – GOREE – DAKAR
DAY 2: DAKAR – GOREE – DAKAR

Following breakfast, we will begin our trip with a magnificent drive through the city center, passing by Independence Square, the Presidential Palace, and the main church before arriving at the Soumbedioune market and the Mosque de la Revelation.

This trip will show you the distinction between beautiful residential areas and popular neighborhoods. Visit the lively Kermel market, where people sell and purchase fresh vegetables and seafood, or the Tillem market, where you can shop for textiles and a variety of other local items.

We then visit two of Dakar's most popular attractions: the highest point in West Africa, the Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, and the vast Museum of Black Civilization.


After lunch at a restaurant, we drive a short distance to the port and cruise to Famous Goree Island to taste Senegalese delicacies and drinks. Goree Island, 20 minutes from Dakar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that functioned as a significant slave transit station before to deportation to America. Listen to the curator's discussion about slavery in West Africa in general, and the slaves' conditions in Goree in particular, before seeing the slaves' abode and its door of no return. Wander the streets and explore the islands, meeting and engaging with residents, especially craft men and women who make and sell various items. Return to Dakar, where our driver will meet you and transport you to your accommodation.

Refresh and dine at a neighborhood restaurant to sample Senegalese food and beverages.

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 3: DAKAR – PINK LAKE – BANDIA – SALY
DAY 3: DAKAR – PINK LAKE – BANDIA – SALY

Drive to Pink Lake, which is isolated from the Atlantic Ocean by thin sand dunes, after breakfast. The presence of Artemia Salina Bacteria, as well as the high salt concentration (380g / Liter), contribute to the pink tint of the lake. This implies that the lake is 11 times saltier than the Atlantic Ocean and ranks second in salinity only to the Dead Sea.

In actuality, the salt concentration of the lake varies with the seasons and the quantity of sunlight, and its color fluctuates from pale mauve to deep pink.

Interact with the salt harvesters and swim or float in the 1.5-meter-deep lake.

Take quads, a buggy, or a Jeep to the sand dunes and the shore. Eat at one of the several restaurants.

We'll take a short trip to Bandia National Park, which is located in the heart of a classified forest and spans over 2,000 hectares. Set off on a three-hour safari through a Baobab and acacia woodland to see primarily herbivorous wild wildlife such as buffalos, antelopes, impalas, gazelles, elands, kudu, giraffes, rhinos, monkeys, and zebras... Among the bird species are little hornbills, eagles, vultures, kingfishers, and grey herons.

We'll visit a rare baobab tree for an archeological course; the Griots' grave. Griots were caste people who were storytellers, drummers, and singers, and when they died, they were typically buried inside the hollows of singers, and trees. We'll learn more about these individuals from our local guide. After a drink at the tavern along the crocodile river, drive to Saly beach.

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 4: VILLAGES DISCOVERY

Take a lovely drive through rural Senegal after breakfast. As you meet and interact with the people, you will get insight into their daily life. We'll make a detour through a Serrere village. Serre is a Christian ethnic group that mostly consists of farmers and fishermen. They keep their traditional beliefs, though, and act as guardians of the sacred wood. Visit the famous Baobab tree in Fadial.


Continue your trek in search of a Fulani or Peulh nomadic settlement. This ethnic group may be found in several African countries, and its main source of income is breeding.
They are nomads because they are always looking for pasture and water. Stop at additional points of interest, such as a local weekly market or a school.

On your way back to your accommodation, stop by Mbour's fishing port, the country's most significant.
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 5: SALY – JOAL FADIOUTH – SOMONE – SALY

Drive to Joal Fadiouth after breakfast. We begin at Joal, a historic 16th-century Portuguese trade port and the birthplace of poet Léopold Senghor, Senegal's First president. Learn about Senghor's family history as well as Senegal's history at the Senghor complex, which is now a museum.


Continue trekking across a wooden bridge to Fadiouth. Fadiouth is also known as Shells Island. Walk around the small streets, stopping at various locations to meet the inhabitants.



We'll cross another bridge to see the mixed cemetery, where Christians, Muslims, and Animists are interred side by side. This is a powerful representation of religious tolerance.



The millet granaries on stilts inside the mangrove jungle will be our final stop in Fadiouth.



After lunch, return to Saly and take a sail on the Somone lagoon to view the scenery and locate some birds.

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6: SALY – DEPART
DAY 6: 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

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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