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7 Day Senegal Explorer

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Duration

7 Days, 6 Nights

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Trip Type

Scheduled Trip

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Group Size

15 people

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Languages

English

Overview

During this tour, you will be given the opportunity to sample the country’s rich culture, history, cuisine and nature. You will be shown old Slave Houses (Goree), Museum’s and architectural buildings that will intrigue and astound you. You will be shown Senegalese city, village and nightlife (Dakar and Saint Louis). One of the highlights of this tour is the guided tour you will be given to the Oiseaux du Djoudj National Park, northeast of Saint Louis here you will find a range of wetland habitat well noted for its birdlife. From here proceed on tour to visit the mysterious Pink Lake, this incredible rose-coloured body of water known as, (‘Lac Rose’ in French, ‘Retba’ in Wolof). The lake is particularly spectacular at dawn and dusk. Feldspar deposits reflecting the sunlight through the salty waters produce the unique vibrant pink colour. Welcome greetings and dinner in Dakar Tour of Goree Island and visit of the Museum Maison des Esclaves (Slaves’ House) Enjoy a city tour of Dakar Enjoy drive to Saint Louis for city tour of Saint Louis Tour of Oiseaux du Djoudj National Park Visit then Pink Lake, Cayer Village, dinner in Dakar Dakar at Leisure

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Welcome greetings and dinner in Dakar
  • Tour of Goree Island and visit to the Museum Maison des Esclaves (Slaves' House)
  • Enjoy a city tour of Dakar
  • Enjoy a city tour of Saint Louis
  • Tour of Oiseaux du Djoudj National Park
  • Visit Pink Lake and Kayer village

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN DAKAR
Arrive in Dakar, Senegal. You will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Lodging: Hotel in Dakar
DAY 2: GOREE ISLAND
After breakfast, meet your guides for an emotional and haunting day touring Goree Island, the departure point of millions of slaves who were sent to the Americas. Now a tranquil UNESCO World Heritage Site, Goree was one of the first French settlements on the continent. You will have time to explore and visit the Museum Maison des Eclaves (Slaves’ House), where you will be given a spectacular view of Goree and beyond. Also visit the Town Square, the Historical Museum and the many artists' shops displaying a variety oil paintings, water colors and handmade crafts.

Enjoy lunch on your own at a beachfront restaurant specializing in Senegalese cuisine. Upon your return to Dakar, visit the University of Dakar where you will receive an in-depth tour of the campus, including lecture halls and an opportunity to interact with students. Settle-in at your hotel for a leisurely evening, dinner and overnight.

Lodging: Hotel in Dakar
Meals: B, D
DAY 3: CITY TOUR OF DAKAR
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Depart for a sightseeing tour of Dakar. Visit Independence Square, where you see old colonial buildings and new African inspired architecture. Continue on through one of Dakar’s best markets, the Kernel Market, with its colorful flowers, fruits, fabrics, clothing and souvenirs. Then move on to view the main government buildings: the all white Palais Présidentiel (Presidential Palace) surrounded by luscious gardens, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Cornice with the Anse Bernard Beach. From there drive through Soweto Square to see the National Assembly and the main museum, Institut Fondemental d’Afrique Noir (IFAN),which houses an amazing collection of masks, statues and musical instruments from West Africa. Then, drive to the Cathedral and the National Theatre. Pass through Sandaga Market, the city’s main fruit and fabric market. Continue to the Grand Mosque and Dakar University. From there you visit the well-known craftsman’s village of Soumedioune, where high quality goods in many mediums may be admired or purchased. After lunch spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Dakar
Meals: B, D
DAY 4: DAKAR – SAINT LOUIS
After breakfast, check out of your hotel for a scenic drive to Saint Louis. Saint Louis, once Senegal's capital, is another French settlement from the days of slave trading. Named by the French in honor of (then) King Louis XIV, Saint Louis is the oldest city created by Europeans on the western coast of Africa. Today, Saint Louis is considered both the intellectual capital of Senegal and the capital of good taste. The island is also classified in the Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. Arrive in Saint Louis in time for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to your hotel and prepare for a memorable city tour in a horse drawn carriage. This evening you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the Senegalese River. Overnight at your hotel.
Lodging: Hotel in Saint Louis
Meals: B, D
DAY 5: SAINT LOUIS – DAKAR
After breakfast,check out for a guided tour to the Oiseaux du Djoudj National Park, north east of Saint Louis. This park provides a range of wetland habitats which are very popular with migrating birds, many of which have just crossed the Sahara. You will be thrilled by the sight of thousands of Pelicans perched on rocks overlooking the wetlands. A wide range of wildlife also inhabits the park, which in 2000 was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger (due to the introduction of the invasive giant Salvinia plant, which threatens to choke out the park's native vegetation). Return to Saint Louis for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, depart for the return to Dakar. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Dakar
Meals: B, D
DAY 6:PINK LAKE – KAYAR – DAKAR
After breakfast, depart for a full day tour of the mysterious Pink Lake. Arrive at this incredible rose colored body of water known as Pink Lake, ('Lac Rose' in French, 'Retba' in Wolof). Take some time to swim in the shallow, warm waters without any fear of drowning. You are guaranteed to float (as everything floats on this lake due to its very high salinity)! During the week, men and mostly women are busy crushing the bottom of the lake, which consists of a thick crust of salt. The lake is particularly spectacular at dawn and dusk, when feldspar deposits reflecting the sunlight through the salty waters produce the unique and vibrant pink color.

After visiting the lake, lunch at a nearby resort located on the beach. You will have the opportunity to relax by the pool, take a ride along the beach on a camel or ride on the beach in a dune buggy. After lunch, proceed to the Kayar village, a fishing community along the Atlantic coastline where donkey drawn buggies are the most common form of transportation. If you are lucky, you will arrive in time for the spectacular return of the local fishermen from the high sea where they have spent the night. They bring tons of fish, shrimp, and lobsters in their brightly-colored painted dugout pirogues (canoes). For their welcome, the beach is alive with buyers, families, and children. It is a colorful spectacle not to be missed. Return to Dakar in the late afternoon and spend the remainder of the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Dakar
Meals: B, D
DAY 7: DAKAR AT LEISURE / DEPARTURE
Breakfast is served in your hotel. Enjoy a free day in preparation for your return home. In the evening, you will be treated to a farewell dinner with Senegalese music and dancing. Transfer to the airport for check-in and departure.
Meals: B

Included/Excluded

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  • check-1 Local Guide
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  • check-1 Road transportation through Ghana

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