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The Best of Senegal, 8 Days

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The Best of Senegal, 8 Days

Day 1: Dakar- November 8, 2017

Arrive Dakar. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Today’s activities will be determined based on your arrival time. You may relax and unwind or start the tour of Dakar and vicinity.
Overnight at Ndiambour Hotel

Day 2: Dakar/Goree Island Visit /Dakar- November 9, 2017

This morning take a 20-minute ferry ride to Gorée Island. The tour includes a visit to the ethnographic museum and a lecture by the curator on the history of the Goree, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon return to Dakar and go on a city tour. Visit the colourful markets including Tilen Market, famous for a variety of medicinal herbs and traditional healers. Stop by Dakar’s grand Mosque, the Presidential Palace, and the Artisans Market.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Ndiambour Hotel

Day 3: Dakar /Pink Lake/St. Louis- November 10, 2017

After breakfast depart to Saint Louis located in the north of Senegal. En route take a tour of Pink Lake, a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of microorganism and high concentration of salts which gives the lake its pink colour. Interact with the women harvesting salt. Visit the Fulani village where you may be welcomed by the Chief and his wives. Continue to Saint Louis, Senegal’s former colonial capital. Early evening go on a city tour of Saint Louis and explore the narrow streets flanked by houses with carved wooden balconies and verandas and stop by the vibrant fishing village of Guet Ndar.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Mermoz

Day 4: St. Louis/Djoudj/Kaolack- November 11, 2017

After breakfast, 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. Enjoy a pirogue ride to better view the many species of cormorants, pelicans, ducks, flamingos, various songbirds and more. You may also see crocodiles, boas, boars and other wildlife. Complete your city tour of Saint Louis then continue to Kaolack with a stop in Touba, the holy city of Mouridism. Arrive in Kaolack in time to visit the regional market and Senegal’s main peanut farming, trading and processing centre.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Relais

Day 5: Kaolack /Toubacouta – November 12, 2017

After breakfast drive to Saloum Islands located in a beautiful wild nature reserve between the ocean & the Saloum River. Here you can enjoy “Canoe Cruising”. Visit the village and interact with people whose traditional hospitality enables you to share their daily life of fishing, canoe excursions and meals grilled over open fire.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Keur Saloum

Day 6: Toubacouta/Mbour/Joal Fadiouth/Saly – November 13, 2017

After breakfast, depart to Joal Fadiouth visiting en route the central market of Mbour. Continue to Joal, made famous partly because it is the birth place of Senegal’s first President Leopold Senghor. Visit the fish market and observe the lively daily activities. Visit the Senghor museum. Con continue to the traditional Serere village of Fadiouth where you will observe the cathedral, the market place, the sacred Baobab tree and the famous cemetery where Muslims, Christians and Animists are buried. Continue to Saly beach resort with stops at small villages. Arrive in time to enjoy the beach before nightfall.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Les Bougainvilleas

Day 7: Saly/Bandia Park/Saly – November 14, 2017

This morning travel to Bandia National Park for a safari. Bandia Game Reserve is located in a 3500-hectare wide conservation area. Here you will see numerous species native to Senegal including: buffalos, antelopes, impala gazelles, monkeys, tortoises and crocodile in addition to white rhinoceros, kudu, elands, cape moose, giraffes, ostriches, zebras. Stop by the crocodile pool where animals come to drink and buffalos wallow in the mud. You will see numerous bird species including the small hornbills, grey heron, eagles, blackbirds and kingfishers. The Bandia wildlife reserve has succeeded in reintroducing much of the marvellous native flora and fauna that are unique to West Africa and had gradually disappeared due to demographic pressure and poaching. Early evening return to Saly Beach Resort.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Les Bougainvilleas

Day 8: Saly/Dakar/Depart – November 15, 2017

With the assistance of your driver and guide decide on your excursions and activities before you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight

Meals included: Breakfast

 

2017 Tour Dates

  • July 17-24
  • August 21-28

2018 Tour Dates

  • March 12-19
  • April 9-16
  • June 11-18
  • July 16-23
  • August 20-27
  • November 12-19

 

SERVICES INCLUDE

• Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure
• Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
• Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
• Transportation in private vehicle
• Experienced tour guide
• Admission to all listed sites
• Meals listed

SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE
• Flights
• Cost of visas
• Meals not listed
• Travel Insurance
• Tips to driver and guide
• Personal items such as laundry, internet and telephone