Travel to Senegal in 2021

Senegal – Gambia 2021 Group Tour

Senegal is almost France in the hot sun of West Africa. Pronounced resorts, great hotels and wild colorful nature at arm’s length: yellow dunes, green mangroves, brown savannas, turquoise sea, Pink Lake.

The magnificent national parks are another pride of Senegal. This small country is home to a truly biblical variety of animals: over 550 species of mammals and birds, including elephants, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, wild boars, servals, antelopes, hyenas, porcupines and others. Fishing is also exceptional; Senegal is considered one of the world’s top destinations for fishing rod and bait lovers.

Senegal is remarkable for its architectural monuments both ancient – the ruins of the Kingdom of Sine – and modern: colonial mansions, palaces, cathedrals, squares and fountains.

Senegal is the country of Teranga (Teranga means hospitality in one of the local Wolof languages) and you can really see the amazing friendliness of this hot, civilized and wild country.

See the capital of the Dakar Rally and the holy city of Tuba, which is the country’s second largest city and the center of a religious Murid Sufi fraternity. You will enjoy the beauty of the Rose Lake Retba , visit one of the most beautiful deserts of Senegal – Lompoul , make a tour on camels over the sand dunes of the forty-fiftieth meters high. An overnight stay in traditional Moorish tents woven from camel’s hair or heima, wildlife watching in the reserves Lang De Barbarie and Sin Saloum, Djoudj National Park. You can enjoy the beautiful beaches and surf in the resort of Sali.

Kilimanjaro invites you to travel to one of the sunniest countries in the world with authentic culture, Africa’s most beautiful women, fresh king prawns and friendly people.

  • Dakar (1n)
  • Gorée Island – Pink Lake Retba (1n)
  • Lompool Desert (1n)
  • St. Louis (2n)
  • Juge National Park – Tuba – Kaolack (1n)
  • Janjanbure [GAMBIA] (1n)
  • Banjul (2n)
  • Sali (1n)

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Tour Duration

The tour price for one person in double occupancy: EUR 1 730

Single occupancy supplement: 320 EUR.

The tour package includes:

  • Accommodation in hotels 3-4*;
  • meals three times a day (breakfast-dinner);
  • services of Russian-speaking guide;
  • Travels/transfers according to the program, the ferry;
  • excursions according to the program;
  • Entrance tickets to natural reserves, according to the program.

Program price does not include:

  • international flights;
  • Visas for Senegal and Gambia;
  • lunches;
  • medical insurance (1 euro/day up to 65 years old);
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic and soft drinks, phone calls, tips, porter services, laundry, etc.);
  • other services not covered by the tour program.

. Important information:

  • There may be minor changes in the program that do not impair the quality of the tour;
  • Photos in the program description are taken from the Internet from open sources.
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Arrival in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

Dakar is the capital of Senegal, a major commercial and tourist center of West Africa. As the capital of Senegal, the city has existed since 1857, although there were earlier settlements on this site. So the existence of the village of N’Dakara is known from the mid-18th century. The name of the village N’Dakara means “tamarind tree”, which is a symbol of power and prosperity for the local population. Over time, the difficult to pronounce N’Dakara with the light hand of the French turned into the short Dakar.

Being for many years the capital of French West Africa and then the administrative center of the colony of Dakar and dependent territories within French West Africa, Dakar became quite a modern city with a European bias.

Dakar has absorbed the African flavor and colonial heritage of France. Near Africa’s largest port begins the colorful old city. In the central part of the city, bounded by three main streets, is the traditional Medina. It has an interesting in itself traditional Arabic “sahel” layout with courtyard-wells, as well as notable Independence Square, the town hall and the business district.

Along the coast stretches a fashionable quarter with embassy residences, villas and hotels.

Transfer and hotel accommodation.

After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Dakar (Independence Square and its old administrative buildings, City Hall and train station, Kermel Market, Dakar Cathedral and the Presidential Palace).

Departure by boat to the Island of Gorée. Guided tour of the island.

The Island of Gorée is famous for its colonial architecture, the beautiful sandy beach of Le Castel, and beautiful museums. The city’s special pride is the carefully restored historic slave market (18th century), where slaves from all over West Africa were taken before being shipped overseas.

Lunch. Walk around the island.

Return to Dakar.

Transfer to Pink Lake Retba.

Accommodation in Camp Chez Salim.

The Pink Lake Retba is an extraordinary natural phenomenon. Its color is due to a very high concentration of salt in the lake water. Of the living creatures in such an environment can only inhabit special microorganisms that produce a red pigment. The intensity of the color varies depending on the time of day, cloud cover, and the strength of the wind.

Dinner and overnight stay at Chez Salim.

Excursion on the dunes by 4×4 jeep along the Pink Lake.

You will see the extraction of salt, carried out in the traditional way.

Return to the hotel.

Then a trip to the biggest fish market Kayar. Watching the life of the fishermen: unloading the catch from traditional boats, negotiating the sale of fish laid out in piles on the sand, salting, smoking and drying unsold fish.

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Transfer to the Lompul Desert with stops at village souvenir shops lively selling ceramics.

Lompool is one of the most beautiful deserts of Senegal, part of the great Sahara.

It is here that you can see dunes 40-50 meters high. At sunset, the dunes of the Lompoul Desert, composed of bright orange sands, are crossed by bands of black shadows and appear to be frozen waves of a fantastic ocean.

Upon arrival, accommodation in traditional Moorish tents woven from camel’s hair or “khaimas.

Early morning tour on camels along the sand dunes forty to fifty meters high.

Transfer to the former capital of Senegal, St. Louis.

Saint-Louis is located on a narrow island (only 2 km long and 400 m wide) on the Senegal River. It is separated from the Atlantic Ocean to the west only by a thin sandbar called the “Langue de Barbarie”. The spit is 300 meters wide and 40 kilometers long. The island is connected to the mainland by the metal bridge Faidherbe, built in the late 19th century. We will visit Federbe Square, a large mosque built in 1847, and the cathedral built in 1828. After the tour we will watch the arrival of the fishermen at Guet Ndar marina, located on the spit “Berber Tongue”.

Transfer to the hotel Cape Saint Louis or Diamarek. Dinner and overnight stay.

In the afternoon, depart for Jugue National Park, a world bird sanctuary.

The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has over 3 million birds. Exploring the park by pirogue. Between November and April, endemic and migratory birds come together to nest: flamingos, whistling ducks, herons, ibis, fish eagles, cormorants and snake birds. But the most amazing show is put on by the pelicans during a group fishing or aerial ballet. The park is also home to reptiles: varans, pythons and crocodiles, and mammals: jackals, monkeys, hyenas and warthogs.

Return to Saint Louis.

Dinner and overnight at the Cape Saint-Louis or Diamarek hotel.

Breakfast at hotel and departure to Kaolack via Tuba.

The holy city of Tuba is the second largest city in the country and the center of a religious Murid Sufi brotherhood. At the heart of the city stands the famous Grand Mosque where Sheikh Amadou Bamba, founder of the Murid order, is buried.

After breakfast transfer to Farafeni (Gambia). After passing through police and customs formalities at the border, departure to the UNESCO cultural heritage site – stone rings (stone circles) Wassu.

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The stone circles above the tombs were discovered on the border of Senegal and Gambia. They were built between the 8th and 12th centuries on the site of earlier graves. Each ring consists of 8-14 laterite columns 100-250 cm high. In total at least 1000 such stone rings are known.

A four-hour cruise aboard a double-decker boat. We have a good chance to see hippos and crocodiles in the wild.

During the cruise we will stop at Monkey Island to visit a chimpanzee rehabilitation center.

Lunch cooked on board the boat.

Note: MacCarthy Island, also known as Janjanbureh Island, is located about 170 miles (272 km) upriver from the mouth of the Gambia River, in East Gambia. The island town of Janjanbureh is the second largest in the country, although it still appears on many maps under its European name of Georgetown.

Accommodation at Jangjang Bureh Camp or Baobolong Camp.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure for a tour of colonial Georgetown where we will see the slave market, the Underground Slave House, the Liberty Tree, and the Governor’s residence. Then we will cross the river and drive along the south bank of the Gambia River through Baru, cross the bridge and head for the village of Jufureh where the ancestor of Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer Alex Haley, Kunta Kinte, was born. In 1976, Haley published Roots: The Saga of an American Family, an autobiographical novel in which he traced the history of his family back two hundred years to his African ancestors. After the novel was published, the village became a tourist attraction. The restored original home of the Kinta clan is still occupied by the Kinta family.

In the neighboring settlement of Albreda, which gained notoriety during slavery, we will see the flagpole, considered by many to be a guarantee of freedom for anyone who touches it after escaping from neighboring James Island.

Transfer by car and ferry across the Gambia River . Arrival in Banjul.

Dinner and overnight in Senegambia

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit to the Abouko National Reserve . The whole walk through the reserve trail takes a few hours.

Return to Banjul for a tour of the city and surrounding area.

Visit the National Museum of The Gambia. In the museum you can learn about the richness of African cultures and the colonial period of The Gambia. You will see the Arch 22, erected in 1996 in memory of the victims of the coup d’etat of July 22, 1994.

Optional extra charge: afternoon visit to the Sacred Crocodile Pool of Kachikalli, known to local Gambians for its healing properties and as a place where people come to pray for blessings. This place is sometimes considered the last refuge for infertile women who want to become pregnant; they are washed by specially trained women of the Bojan clan, after which they are told not to shake hands with anyone in Bakau. Many other people with long-term ailments or misfortunes also come to the pool to have it give them good luck, and in return they offer kola nuts, cloth, and other offerings to the Bojang family and crocodiles. Sacred rituals are still sometimes held here; often accompanied by dancing and drumming, most of the time, however, the only visitors are tourists.

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Dinner and overnight stay at the Senegambia Hotel

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to the port of Banjul . Transfer by ferry across the Gambia River.

If you wish you can use a local boat (canoe) to cross the Gambia River.

Optional extra charge: a visit to the Fathala Game Reserve, home to lions and other wild animals. For the brave, a walk with lions.

Return to Senegal.

Transfer to the resort area of Saly.

Saly is a complex of hotels stretching along the coast of the ocean. Each hotel located in the middle of an exotic garden, has its own beach and swimming pool. There are many restaurants, bars, nightclubs. There are tennis courts, golf courses, facilities for all kinds of water sports (catamaran, water skiing, scuba diving, surfing and more).

Arrival in Sali.

Accommodation at the beach hotel Royam or Royal or similar.

Optional extra charge: visit to the Akkrobaobab sports and entertainment complex.

“Akkrobaobab offers exotic entertainment: climbing rope ladders and nets stretched between baobabs, jumping on trampolines, bungee jumping, overcoming all kinds of obstacles and so on.

Transfer to Dakar airport.

Flight from Dakar to Moscow.

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