9 nights in Senegal
Merging cultural experiences with important histories and stunning landscapes, this 10-day tour through Senegal and The Gambia brings you to a part of Africa that's seldom explored. Learn about daily life in a local Wolof village, immerse yourself in Gambia's important slave history, and get time to relax on sandy beaches in between. Experience what West Africa has to offer before the rest of the world gets to these unique destinations.
|Standard hotels/guesthouses (9 nts).|
|9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
|For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.|
No optional activities
We use a minibus for this tour, normally Toyota Hiace, or for large groups Toyota Coaster. With sliding windows, bench seats, and an aisle on one side, these vans that we use are common in the region and comfortable. Road conditions can run the full range of conditions from relatively new in the cities to old, deteriorating, very poor, and even almost non-existent. During dry seasons, the roads can become very dusty. This style of travel is by no means luxurious, but the seats are comfortable and having our own private vehicles allow us the flexibility of making stops when needed and visit far out of the way destinations. Please note for your own safety it is mandatory to wear your seat belt at all times when in a vehicle.
Arrive at anytime. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Start your day with a guided tour of Dakar, visiting the Cathedral, IFAN Museum and African Renaissance Monument. Included Activities: Dakar city tour Goree Island excursion Transport: Ferry (0.50 hour(s))
Opt to explore the surrounding dunes on foot, ATV, or camel, and in the evening sit down to a traditional Senegalese meal. Additional Notes: You will need to pack a small overnight bag to take into the desert, as your main luggage will stay with the bus. Don't forget to pack something warm, as the temperature can drop at night, especially in the winter months from December to February. Included Activities: Lac Retba visit Lompoul Desert stay Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 200km)
Free time in the morning to explore the Lompoul Desert, then drive north to Saint-Louis, the historic French capital of Senegal. Enjoy a tour of the Saint-Louis island on a caleche (a traditional horse drawn cart). Included Activities: Saint-Louis city tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 135km)
Spend the day exploring the the waterways of Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, keeping a look out for 400 species of birds, including pelicans and flamingos. Additional Notes: Djoudj NP is sometimes closed at the end of the dry season (May/June), in this case we will visit Langue de Barbarie NP as an alternative. Included Activities: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Drive to the holy city of Touba, to visit the Great Mosque. Visit a local Wolof village on the drive to Kaolack, a busy commercial centre for trade coming from and going to The Gambia and Mali. Included Activities: Great Mosque of Touba visit Wolof village visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 285km)
Cross into The Gambia, and visit Jufureh and Kunta Kinteh Island (formerly James island), two important stops in The Gambia's slave history. In the afternoon, continue to Banjul. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Senegal - The Gambia) Jufureh visit Kunta Kinteh Island visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 225km) Ferry (0.75 hour(s))
Embark on a guided city tour of Banjul in the morning, visiting the Arch 22, National Museum, and Albert Market. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own, or relaxing on the beach. Included Activities: Banjul city tour
Cross back into Senegal and head to the beaches of Somone, for some well deserved relaxation. Stop at the Mbour fish market for a glimpse of the thriving industry, and authentic view of Senegal living. Included Activities: Border Crossing (The Gambia - Senegal) Mbour fish market Transport: Ferry (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 235km)
A relaxing day at the beach before heading to the airport, where the tour ends on arrival. Additional Notes: The tour ends on arrival at the Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS) at 5pm.
Accommodation in West Africa is not always to the standard of Europe, North America, or even other parts of Africa, where tourism is more developed. Hotels don't always have much character, as they are made more functional than decorative and the choice is limited due to both lack of local and foreign demand. As such customer service standards can be lower, due to lack of a large tourism industry and lack of exposure to western service standards. Plumbing can be simple and not always reliable and water pressure is weak, especially in dry season. Safety, location, and cleanliness are our top criteria when choosing hotels. We choose the best one that meets our criteria, and constantly evaluate the options that are out there. Please ensure that you bring enough toiletries as most hotels do not supply them.
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