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Classic Senegal & The Gambia

Classic Senegal & The Gambia


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Senegal , The Gambia

Cities Visited

Banjul, Dakar

Tour Itinerary

Visit historic Goree Island, see workers collecting salt at Lake Retba, spot pelicans and flamingos at a bird sanctuary, relax on the beaches of Banjul, get a taste of Senegal at the local fish market.

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.

Day 1: Dakar
Arrive at anytime.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Ganale Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Dakar & Goree Island
Visit the historic Goree Island, to learn about the Atlantic slave trade, and the role this little island played.
Activity: Tour the sites of Dakar with your local CEO, visiting the Cathedral, the impressive IFAN Museum of African Arts, and the African Renaissance Monument, with views over the entire city. During the drive, you will pass the Presidential Palace, and there may be time to visit an artisans market before heading to the port.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Activity: Catch the ferry to Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of the island highlighting the Atlantic Slave Trade. This idyllic island is now a tranquil getaway from the bustling streets of Dakar, and the renovated buildings hide the tragic events which occurred over 150 years ago. Visit the Maison des Esclaves ("Slave House"), which was constructed in 1786, and the Fort d'Estrée, or stroll the picturesque streets, while checking out the work of local artisans.
Accommodation: Ganale Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 3: Lake Retba/Lompoul Desert
Depart from Dakar and stop at Lake Retba (Lac Rose) and see the men and women collecting salt in the pink waters. In the afternoon drive to Lompoul, and get settled into our desert camp.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Also known as, Rose Lake, this natural phenomenon just north of Dakar is said to have waters ten times saltier than the ocean, and twice as salty as even the Dead Sea. Here you can see the many men and women who collect the salt, take a dip in the waters and then tour the surrounding dunes in a 4WD. The pink colour fluctuates from a light mauve to deep pink, and is caused by an algae which produces a red pigment.
Activity: Escape into the Sahara like dunes of the Lompoul Desert, hike the dunes, watch the sunset, then roll straight into your ensuite tent at the bottom. Enjoy a traditional Senegalese meal in the dinning tent and watch the stars, before settling in for the night.
Accommodation: Ecolodge de Lompoul (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 4: Lompoul/Saint-Louis
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).
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Explore the former capital of Senegal in a traditional horse drawn cart and admire the sites of this historic city. From the Great Mosque in the north, to the Fisherman's Quarter in the south, the caleche is the best way to get around the narrow streets, and get a feel for the town.
Accommodation: Hotel De La Poste (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Djoudj NP
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.
Activity: The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary lies on the southeast bank of the Senegal River, and provides a range of wetland habitats which are home to almost 400 species of migratory and resident birds and other wildlife. Travel from Saint-Louis, then explore the park in a small wooden boat, and local guide who will share insight into the many species which reside in the park, or fly south across the Sahara from Europe every winter.
Accommodation: Hotel De La Poste (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Saint-Louis/Kaolack
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.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Meet with a Baye Fall, a member of a colourful branch of Mouridism, who will accompany us during a visit of the Great Mosque. The Mouride brotherhood was founded in 1883 by Amadou Bamba in the town of Touba. After his death, the Great Mosque was built along side his burial site and is visited by over 3 million pilgrims from around the world every year. Thanks to their peaceful (and African) vision of Islam, Mouridism has become the bastion that protects Senegal from radical Islam.
Activity: The Wolof people are the largest ethnic group in Senegal, and also form a majority of The Gambia's capital, Banjul. The rural Wolof villages consist of cluster of family compounds, and normally have a either a plaza or mosque at the centre. The huts within each compound are made from adobe-like mud and stalk walls and thatched roofs. Your CEO will lead you through the village and share stories of their lives, history and traditions.
Accommodation: Hotel Relais de Kaolack (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 7: Kaolack/Banjul
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.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Activity: Best known for its appearance in Alex Haley's novel Roots, as the birthplace of Kunta Kinteh (Haley's ancestor), the town is home to a museum and fort, and has seen a significant increase in visitors since the publishing of the book in 1976, and subsequent TV series. A short visit here will introduce us to the history of the town, and its role in the Atlantic Slave Trade.
Activity: The tiny island of Kunta Kinteh (formerly James Island) sits about 3kms from the northern shore of the Gambia River, and 30km upstream from the Atlantic Ocean. The last remaining structure on the island is James Fort, built in 1651 by the Dutch, it was used as a trading port for gold, ivory and slaves. The fort and island have been severely eroded and are only a fraction of their original size. The island has become synonymous with Alex Haley's character, in his book Roots, who was among the slaves brought to the USA in 1767.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 8: Banjul
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.
Free Time: Do as much or as little as you'd like.
Activity: The City of Banjul, formally known as Bathurst, is the capital of The Gambia, and is found on a small island where the Gambia River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about the history of The Gambia with visits to the commemorative Arch 22, and the Gambia National Museum, then get a feel for the local culture in the Albert Market, where you can find everything from imported goods, to fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables, and even handmade traditional garments and a selection of arts and crafts.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Banjul/Somone
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.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Activity: Arrive at the Mbour Beach and take in all the sights and smells of the bustling fish market. Watch as the colourful pirogues (wooden fishing boats) arrive at the beach, fully loaded with a variety of fish, which get brought ashore, cleaned, sold, (sometimes cooked), and then ready to be shipped. The chaos, and smell, of the market can be somewhat overwhelming, but with the guidance of your CEO, you will get to see the best of it.
Accommodation: Hotel La Lagune (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 10: Somone/Dakar Airport
A relaxing day at the beach before heading to the airport, where the tour ends on arrival.
Free Time: Do as much or as little as you'd like.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport
Private minibus, ferry, 4x4, boat, walking.

Inclusions
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Goree Island tour. Lake Retba visit. Lompoul Desert stay and traditional Senegalese dinner. Saint-Louis calèche tour. Djoudj National Park boat tour. Local Wolof village visit. Touba Grand Mosque. Tour of Jufureh and Kunta Kinteh Island. Half day Banjul city tour. Mbour fish market visit. Free time at Somone beach. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Standard hotels/guesthouses (9 nts).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

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