The Senegal Tour is a unique and exciting way to explore the culture, history, and natural beauty of this West African country. The tour typically begins in the capital city of Dakar, where you will have the opportunity to visit the vibrant markets, museums, and historical sites that make the city so special.
The Djoudj National Park is a bird-watcher’s paradise, and it is located in the north of Saint-Louis. The park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the rare and endangered Dalmatian Pelican. Visitors can take a boat tour to explore the park and see the different birds in their natural habitat.
The Saloum delta is a unique landscape dotted with islands and is known for its rich biodiversity. The delta is home to a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, manatees, and monkeys. Visitors can take a boat tour of the delta to explore the different islands and see the different animals.
The Casamance region is known for its picturesque bolongs and mangroves. Bolongs are narrow channels of water that lead to the sea, and they are surrounded by mangrove forests. Visitors can take a boat tour of the bolongs and explore the mangroves, which are home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, crocodiles, and birds.
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Djoudj National Park
Touba and Toubacouta
Saloum River delta (mangrove forests and bird sanctuary)
Visiting the Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves) on Gorée Island: The tour includes a visit to the Maison des Esclaves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that serves as a powerful reminder of the atrocities of the transatlantic slave trade. This visit is not only informative but also emotional as it gives a deeper understanding of the dark period of history.
Exploring the pink lakes of Dakar: The tour takes you to the pink lakes of Dakar, which is a unique natural wonder that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The lakes are filled with a type of algae that gives them their distinctive pink color, and you will have the opportunity to take a boat tour to explore the lakes and observe the flamingos that call them home. The sight of the pink lakes and the flamingos is an unforgettable moment that will stay in the mind of the tourists for a long time.
Welcome to Senegal, upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our representative and taken to your hotel for check-in and relaxation. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Discovery of Lac Rose
Depart in the morning for a visit to the unique and fascinating Lac Rose, known for its incredibly high salt content of 360 grams per litre of water, making it the second saltiest body of water after the Dead Sea. The lake’s striking fuchsia or purple color is dependent on the position of the sun. We will witness the work of local salt harvesters, including women who carry basins weighing up to 30 kg on their heads. Our 4×4 excursion on the dunes that separate the lake from the Atlantic Ocean will also give us the chance to see where the final stage of the famous Paris-Dakar Rally takes place. There will be time for a swim in the lake, where you will float naturally without the need to know how to swim. Afterwards, we will check into a bungalow, have dinner and stay overnight.
Visit of Saint Louis
We will then head to Saint Louis, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its colonial architecture and rich history. We will explore the town, visiting landmarks such as the Gothic-style Cathedral of Saint Louis and the Maison des Esclaves, a museum dedicated to the history of slavery in the region. Along the way, we will also have the opportunity to see the local craftsmen at work, creating traditional handicrafts such as baskets and textiles. We will also take a stroll through the bustling markets, where we can sample local delicacies and purchase souvenirs. In the evening, we will check into our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Canoe trip in the Djoudj park or the Langue de Barbarie
Depart for a winter excursion to Djoudj National Park, known for its abundant bird life and considered the third most important ornithological site in the world. During nesting season, the park is home to over 2 million birds, including pelicans, cormorants, spoonbills, egrets, herons, and more. For summer visits, take a motorized canoe ride to the Langue de Barbarie, a 40-km strip of land between the Senegal River and the ocean, to witness migratory birds in their natural habitat. Observe pelicans, terns, seagulls, ibis, and marabouts. Return to Saint Louis in the afternoon for a walking tour of the charming old town, located on an island at the mouth of the Senegal River. It was the first city built in Black Africa by Europeans and served as the starting point for French colonization. The city has retained its quaint charm to this day.
Carriage ride by the city of Saint Louis and bivouac in the Lompoul desert
In the morning, we embark on a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city of Saint Louis, a colonial city and former capital of French West Africa, which included all the French colonies of West Africa (Guinea, Mauritania, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Burkina). Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to witness the arrival of the fishermen in Guet Ndar. We then continue to Lompoul for a camping experience in the desert dunes, towering at over 30 meters high. There is also an option for a camel ride to take in the sunset on the dunes. Dinner and overnight accommodation in tents with attached toilets.
Stop in Wolofs and Serères villages
In the morning, we set off for a journey from the Sahel to the south, passing through acacia forests and majestic baobab trees. Along the way, we will make stops at Wolof and Serères villages, where we will have the opportunity to observe the everyday activities of the locals. In the holy city of Touba, we will visit the Great Mosque, one of the largest in West Africa. Afterwards, we will continue on to Toubacouta in the Saloum delta, traversing through various landscapes of the savannah. We will also have the option to visit a weekly market, where the inhabitants of nearby villages come to sell their products such as millet, rice, smoked and dried fish, fruits and vegetables, livestock, and handmade goods.
Mangrove and the beautiful landscapes of the Saloum River
Today, we explore the beauty of the mangrove forests in the Saloum River delta. We embark on a motorized canoe trip in the morning, navigating through the bolongs that are teeming with fish and birds. The oyster beds in these mangroves are a natural wonder. As the area has been largely untouched by human activity, it remains unpolluted and pristine. We will also visit some of the villages on the islands. After returning to the hotel, we head out in the late afternoon for a canoe trip to a bird sanctuary where we can witness the sunset as the birds arrive to roost on the predator-free island. We will spend the night at the hotel.
Canoe tour of Fadiouth
Departure for Joal, a picturesque fishing village and the birthplace of Senegal’s first president, Léopold Sédar Senghor, a renowned poet of the Negritude movement. We will take a canoe tour of the seashell cemetery and the stilt houses in the area. We will also witness the unique method the locals of Fadiouth use to expand the island by using shells. Afterwards, we will continue on to the Petite Côte. Overnight stay at a hotel with dinner included.
Visit to the Bandia Reserve
Departure for an exciting visit to the Bandia Nature Reserve, where you will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of wild animals in their natural habitat. Established in 1990, the reserve is home to both native species such as gazelles, crocodiles, boars, buffaloes, monkeys, turtles, antelopes and birds, as well as exotic animals imported from Niokolo Koba Park in Cameroon and South Africa, including zebras, rhinoceroses, giraffes, ostriches, among others. After the visit, we will continue to Dakar for hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.
Dakar city tour – Return flight
Departure after breakfast to explore the city of Dakar and its surrounding areas. The tour includes a leisurely walk through the residential neighborhoods, passing by the assembly, the grand and small corniches, as well as stops at notable landmarks such as the Great Mosque of Dakar, the market of beautiful flowers, and the Cathedral. Next, take a ferry boat ride (20 minutes) to Gorée Island, known for its picturesque houses, colonial architecture, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the House of Slaves. The tour also includes a visit to the church and historical museum of Senegal. Before departing, we will return to Dakar and continue to the airport for the return flight.
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