10 Days
Pink Lake – Saint Louis – Gorée Island

Senegal may not offer the most  landscapes in Africa, but it has unforgettable sites that will bring you a total change of scenery. Senegal boasts national parks, like that of the Djoudj, north of Saint-Louis, rich in birds of all kinds; the islands of the delta of the Saloum; the Casamance region where one gets lost with delight in a network of bolongs, in the mangroves. And for those who do not wish to get too tired, its pleasant beaches, lined with lush and varied vegetation, will completely seduce any weary traveller. One of the assets that makes this country particularly endearing is its cheerful, communicative and welcoming population.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Blaise Diass International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME At least 2 hours after the flight.
Airport assistance on arrival and departure Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation in listed or similar hotels in double rooms with private toilets (except in Lompoul: tents with attached toilets) Half board (except first day’s dinner)
Professional local guide Excursions and entrances
Arrival Day Dinner (Day 1)
Any other extra
International flights
Travel or personal insurance

Day 1: Arrival in Dakar

Arrival at the airport, reception and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Discovery of Lac Rose

Departure for Lac Rose, a curious natural phenomenon with its 360 grams of salt per litre of water, making it the second most saline water body after the Dead Sea. Its beautiful fuchsia or purple colour depends on the position of the sun at its zenith. We will discover the work of the men and women who gather salt; the women carrying basins weighing up to 30 kg on their heads. An excursion by 4×4 on the dunes that separate the lake from the Atlantic Ocean, gives us an opportunity to see where the final stage of the famous Paris Dakar Rally takes place. There is free time for a swimming experience in the lake; no need to know how to swim, you float naturally! Installation in a bungalow, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Visit of Saint Louis

Departure for Saint Louis, former capital of Senegal, located in the north-west of the country, in the semi-desert zone of the Sahel. On the way, we will visit Thiès and the Manufacture of Decorative Arts (if working day). Stop in a forest of Baobabs and palm trees to admire the manufacture of handicraft products from palm leaves: bread basket etc. All this in a landscape where manioc, peanut, bissap plants coexist… , before ending in the sandy zone with acacia type shrubs.

Day 4: Canoe trip in the Djoudj park or the Langue de Barbarie

In winter, enjoy a motorized canoe trip to Djoudj Park, the third most famous ornithological site in the world, which during nesting season shelters about 2 million birds (pelicans, cormorants, spatulas, egrets, herons, etc.)In summer, the motorized canoe trip will take you to the Langue de Barbarie, a narrow strip of land 40 Km long between the Senegal River and the ocean, to see migratory birds in their natural element: pelicans, terns, seagulls, ibis, marabouts…
Return to Saint Louis in the afternoon, for a walking tour of the old town, located on an island at the mouth of the Senegal River: the first city built in Black Africa by Europeans and the starting point for the expansion of French colonization; a city which has retained its old-fashioned charm.

Day 5: Carriage ride by the city of Saint Louis and bivouac in the Lompoul desert

In the morning, departure for a carriage tour of the city of Saint Louis, 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). Then, possibility to attend the arrival of the fishermen in Guet Ndar. Continuation to Lompoul for a bivouac in the desert dunes of more than 30 meters high, with the possibility to make a ride on the camel to admire the sunset on the dunes; all in an unusual setting. Dinner and overnight accommodation in tents with attached toilets.

Day 6: Stop in Wolofs and Serères villages

Return from the Sahel to the south, from acacia forests to majestic baobabs. Along the way, we will stop in Wolofs and Serères villages, where we can see the activities of everyday life. In the holy city of Touba, we will visit the Great Mosque, one of the largest in West Africa. Continuation to Toubacouta in the Saloum delta, through the different landscapes of the savannah… Possibility of visiting a weekly market where the inhabitants of the neighbouring villages come to sell their products (millet, rice, smoked fish, or dried, fruits and vegetables, livestock and manufactured products, etc.)

Day 7: Mangrove and the beautiful landscapes of the Saloum River

Discover the world of mangrove and its magnificent landscapes in the Saloum River delta. The morning will be devoted to the motorized canoe trip in the mangrove-fringed bolongs, a prime breeding area for fish and birds, where millions of oysters naturally grow. Due to its particular situation, it has remained almost uninhabited, thus naturally protected from pollution and human activity. Visit of island villages. Return to the hotel. In the late afternoon, canoe trip to the bird rest area to watch the sunset as they arrive on the islet that serves as a refuge from predators. Hotel set-up, dinner and overnight stay

Day 8: Canoe tour of Fadiouth

Departure for Joal, marvellous artisanal fishing port, birthplace of the first president of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor, member of the French Academy, universally known as poet of the Negritude. Visit by canoe to the seashell cemetery and attics on stilts. We will see the ingenious system adopted by the people of Fadiouth to gain ground in the inlet. The island spreads continuously thanks to the plethora of shells. Continuation on the Petite Côte. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay

Day 9: Visit to the Bandia Reserve

Departure for the visit of the Bandia reserve, with a variety of animal species that live in the wild. Created in 1990, the reserve is home to several local species such as gazelles, crocodiles, boars, buffaloes, monkeys, turtles, antelopes, birds… as well as animals from Niokolo Koba Park in Cameroon and the most important in South Africa: zebras, rhinoceros, giraffes, ostriches, etc. Continuation on to Dakar. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.


Day 10: Gorée Island then end of stay

In the morning, a visit to Dakar and its surroundings: a pleasant walk through the residential areas, passing through the assembly, the large and small cornices, without forgetting the Great Mosque of Dakar, the market of wonderful flowers, the Cathedral. Departure by ferry boat (20mn) to Gorée, visit of the island with flowery houses, colonial architecture, the sanctuary of Slavery: the House of Slaves, World Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO. Also the church and the historical museum of Senegal.
Return to Dakar and continue to the airport to take the return flight.

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