Sitting at the continent’s western-most tip, Senegal also marks the fusion point of Africa’s Arabic north, with the diverse and colourful cultures of the region’s southern gulf.
THE FACE OF SENEGAL
8 DAYS TOUR
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On arrival in Dakar, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
In the morning depart for a guided tour of the city. Dakar is a peninsular and is the most western located point of the African continent. It is a picturesque and colourfu1 city with its market places, handicraft villages centers and its residential areas constructed in a Soudano – Sahelian architecture style.
Visit Independence Square, the heart of the city, where you find banks, insurance companies, travel agencies, and other businesses.
In the afternoon take the ferry to Goree Island. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, Goree Island carries the dark history of 300 years of slave trade in West Africa, often being the last stop before the ships set off across the Atlantic. Visit the Slave House, where the museum curator will deliver an educational lecture, the Door of No Return, the auction block, the Museum, and the fort with the Memorial to the Martyrs.
Return to Dakar in the late afternoon with dinner and overnight at your hotel.
In the morning depart for Lac Rose (Pink Lake Retba). This rare natural phenomenon will enchant you with colorful pink hues shining from the lake like a mirror in the middle of the sand dunes. In a 4×4 vehicle you tour the lake, drive on the wild beach and meet the salt harvesters. They see women inside the lake harvesting the salt which will be put in bags and exported. Meet the Fulani people in the villages surrounding the lake.
After lunch in a restaurant at the lake. continue on to Thies the second largest city in Senegal where you see the making of arts tapestries. Then drive on to St –Louis, stopping on the way to visit a traditional Wolof village. Dinner and overnight in St –Louis hotel.
An early morning departure to visit of the Djoudj National Park. The park is c1assified by UNESCO ranks as the 3rd ornithological park in the world. There are many species of birds to be seen here including: Pink Flamingos, Egrets, Pelicans, Fishing eagles, herons etc… After lunch at the Djoudj restaurant., Return to St -Louis in the afternoon for a tour of this lovely city, once the capital of Senegal. Enjoy its charming and original colonial architecture style
As you visit the governor’s place, the old colonial houses, the typical fishermen cemetery and the picturesque fishermen village of Guet Ndar. Visit the old town by horse drawn carriage.
Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight
A morning departure to visit of the holy city of Touba and Kaolack. Visit the prestigious Muslim city of Touba home to a magnificent Mosque, unique in the whole West African region. You have the opportunity to meet the spiritual guides of the Mourid community. Continue to Kaolack, with a lunch stop en-route. Arrival in Kaolack with dinner and overnight at the hotel camp “Le Relais Kaolack” or similar.
Enjoy a morning city tour of Kaolack and its main sites, including the market place with its rich array of medical herbs and African fabrics.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing on to Toubacouta, located near the Gambian border and bordered by the Saloum River Delta. Visit the villages typical of the Saloum areas, with its many and different ethnic groups. Dinner and overnight at the Keur Saloum hotel or similar.
Depart in the morning for Niominka. As you cross the Saloum River by motor canoe you have the opportunity to the wide variety of birds in the area among the beautiful mangroves. A stop for a picnic lunch before arriving at at Niominka. The rest of the day free with dinner and overnight at hotel Delta du Niominka.
Return to Dakar. Cross Saloum Delta again by the ferry and continue to the village of Joal Fadiouth where you have lunch in a local restaurant. Discovered by the Portuguese during the 15th century Joal is an old colonial town. Take a short tour by pirogue to the island of Fadiouth, famous for its oyster banks and seashell cemetery. Continue on to Dakar airport arriving in time for your departure flight.