3 Jours /2 Nuits : Iles du Saloum : Grandeur nature
Saloum Islands – a closer experience
Day 1 : Joal-Fadiouth – Palmarin
- Drive from Dakar at 8h or from Saly at 9h to Joal-Fadiouth, the birthplace of President Leopold Sedar Senghor.
- With a guide from the local tourism office, board one of the canoes along the oyster beds and mangroves to the millet storage area and the Christian cemetary where some Muslims from Fadiouth are buried also. Enjoy the panorama on the island and its environs.
- Next, use a wooden bridge to get to Fadiouth, “the shell island”. This island is made up of a pile of shells. We will take a walk on the streets and pay a quick visit to the church before taking the wooden bridge back to the mainland.
- Lunch at a restaurant beside the bolong.
- Leave for Palmarin using paths that go through the tanns – these extensive areas of salty sand that get covered in water during the rainy season and the high tide. Go through a field of palmyra palms and baobab trees with several Sereer traditional houses
- Arrive at an unusual lodge, surrounded by a heap of shells underneath baobab trees that are on the side of a lagoon. Set up a comfortable room with a personal bathroom in a baobab (Robinson) or on the ground (Collines).
- Take time to try out the little swimming pool or to have a cocktail (not included) on the terrace at sunset.
- Enjoy the nice and original dishes at the restaurant.
- In the deep silence of the night, only the yelping sound of a jackal or the cry of a hyena may disturb your quiet.
DAY 2: National Park on the Saloum Islands
- After walking for a short distance, we board a traditional canoe for an exceptional day at the National Park on the Saloum Islands. In a maze of bolongs and mangroves, we will come across women who harvest mangrove oysters, pick shells or sail in fishing boats. We will watch several different types of birds living in the mangroves, fiddler crabs coming out of their mud holes, and jackals running for cover on the rare strips of land.
- We will go for a walk in the heart of the island to admire a heap of millennial shells, which served formerly as burial mounds, but have now been transformed unfortunately into a source of building materials.
- We will sail up to the new islets shaped like a lagoon, and sit on a beach in the shadow of a sail by these virgin islets at the end of the world. Our guide, and cook on this occasion, will prepare a delicious seafood barbecue.
- We can swim on this original site, sheltered from ocean currents, or relax on the quiet beach.
- By mid-afternoon, return to the lodge for a second evening.
Day 3 : Réserve de Palmarin – Djillor – Saly/Dakar
- Free day
- With a local eco-guide, you may go for a very pleasant walk for one hour in the natural reserve in the Palmarin community. Use the moment to find out more about the saline areas in Palmarin, a moon-shaped landscape with waterholes and heaps of salt. Take a walk in the bush pathways.
- Leave for Dakar or Saly by mid-afternoon, going through Senegal’s most beautiful palmyra forest and the traditional homes of the Sereer.
04 Days / 03 Nights Mini Tour : Saloum Islands – Fathala park Safari
This trip leads you to discover the South side of the Little Coast, the region which shelters the National park of Saloum Delta made by forest of mangroves, lagoons, bolongs, sandy areas and the natural reserve of Fathala. During your different stages, you will discover the shells island in Joal Fadiouth where are living the Serere poeple: the Niominkas, the millet granaries and the mixed cemetery. ..
In Toubacouta you gonna meet the Mandingue People, and once in Fathala to attend the flight of thousand
and thousand birds, to see giraffes, zebras, and maybe the possibility to walk with lions
Day 1: Dakar / Saly – Joal Fadiouth – Toubacouta
Departure Early in the morning for the southern of Senegal
A stop in Joal: The native city of Léopold Sedar Senghor the first president of Senegal and there we have the second fishing port of the country. Visit of Fadiouth village, the millet granaries, the church and the mixed cemetery where Christians and Muslims are buried together Fadiouth is an island constituted by a pile of shells and connected with Joal by a wooden bridge. Exchange and contact with people in this traditional site
Once back, lunch at ‘’the Inn of the Fisherman’’, then continuation towards to the south
Toubacouta is a farmers ‘village in the heart of Saloum region, about 22 km of the border with Gambia.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 2: Toubacouta
By boat for our sailing through the bolongs, small channels of salt water representing an ideal biotope for the animal life. In the middle of interlaced roots of mangrove swamps, and palm trees grove, are sheltered various kind of shiny feathers birds. After lunch and small nap, departure, always by boat towards for the birds nest, on the way lets visit the shells island called “Diorom Boumag” in Wolof, 400 meters long and established by a heap of oyster shells and other shellfish, which hides former funeral and ancient burial mound, on which one grows majestic baobab trees where are the nest of tropical sea birds and colourful feathers parrots. The breeding ground is a real ornithological refuge where gather, in an indescribable row, hundreds of birds (cormorants, egrets, kingfishers, pelicans, seagulls, stay at night time.
Return to the hotel at the beginning of the evening for dinner and overnight
Day 3: Fathala Reserve
Departure After the breakfast towards the reserve of Fathala located almost on Gambia border
With 6000 hectares; the reserve shelters zebras, antelopes, lions, monkeys, wart hogs, rhinoceros and giraffes in a magnificent savanna and classified forest.
Installation in luxurious tent (mosquito net, bathroom, shower) under the shadow of impressive mahogany trees of Africa. Stop and visit the biggest Fromager tree “Ceiba Pantadra” of the region and continuation straigh the forest of FATHALA which already gives us an idea of the tropical vegetation of the Casamance (6000 hectares of natural and protected forest). Drive between multiple herds of Antelopes as Eland de Derby the biggest species in the world. You will approach, giraffes, zebras, rhinoceros, hippotragues, kob défassa, wild buffaloes, red colobus and green monkeys catching, jumping through the big cashews trees of Africa. Stop-lunch to the restaurant’s lodge, and in the afternoon for an unusual and special experience walk with majestic Lions, kings of the savanna, without leashes and without necklaces.
Walking with the Lions is an opportunity that can allow to understand and observe these predators of a young age very closely, for duration of an hour. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight
BEWARE: The activity «walking with the lions ” is forbidden at least of 12 years.
Day 4: Fathala Reserve – Dakar / Saly
After breakfast in this wild nature, departure for Dakar / Saly…
Tour 5 days/ 4 nights : Wildlife and Flora of Niokolo Koba
The eastern Senegal, secret area covered from classic tourism, will bewitch you gradually with numerous treasures: the national park of Niokolo Koba, the hugest one of the whole west Africa, where flora and fauna suggest you a continuous show.
The “Pays Bedick” ,with his sacred hills, land of animist beliefs in the borders of Senegal.
A full immersion in African land.
Day 1 : DAKAR – PORTES DU NIOKOLO KOBA (Wassadou). (About 510km/8h)
- Leave Dakar or Saly by road early in the morning,
- Visit the shrub steppe, the favorite area of nomadic herders.
- Lunch at a restaurant the Saloum River.
- Continue to Wassadou by the River Gambia and stay at a hotel by the Niokolo Koba park. Typical huts equipped comfortably for relaxation and the joys of nature…
DAY 2 : WASSADOU – PARC NIOKOLO KOBA – KEDOUGOU. (About 185km/03h)
- Follow guide for an early morning safari trip to find wild animals in the lush vegetation of Niokolo koba park.
- You may see warthogs, monkeys, antelopes, several species of birds and, exceptionally, some panthers and lions.
- After visiting the park and having a lunch picnic, drive to Mako village for a walk along the banks of the River Gambia in search of hippos before leaving for Kedougou.
- Return to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 3: KEDOUGOU – IWOL – DINDEFELO – KEDOUGOU. (About 80km/01h30)
- Leave after breakfast to find out more about the Bedik tribe.
- Visit the Iwol Bedik traditional village on the hills (walk for 2h30 A/R, part of the distance can be covered by car).
- Then use the bush path to the Fulani village of Dindéfelo. Once there, take a road that will surprise you with its exuberance and small streams to get to the waterfall after a 20 minute walk. The water in this waterfall drops from a height of 80 m into an inviting pool you can swim in.
- Picnic at the foot of the waterfall.
- Leave for Kedougou later in the afternoon. Dinner and night at the hotel
DAY 4 : KEDOUGOU – TOMBORONKOTO – MAKO – TAMBACOUNDA. (About 245km/04h)
- Leave Kedougou for Tomboronkoto village. This village now has a variety of people from various African countries, attracted by the search for gold.
- After visiting the village and mines, where gold is dug in a very artisanal way, go back to Mako village.
- Lunch in Mako and continue to Tambacounda.
- Dinner and night at the hotel.
DAY 5 : TAMBACOUNDA – KAOLACK – DAKAR. (About 450 km/.07h)
- After a quick early breakfast, begin the trip back to Dakar.
- Stop for lunch by the Saloum River.
- Travel to Dakar and arrive in the late afternoon.
5 days / 4 nights : Casamance
A trip to Casamance is a visit to an enchanting region: a majestic place with towering forest trees, and a mysterious region with animist traditions and rites. Once you land on the Ziguinchor Port, you can go on foot, on a mountain bike, in a kayak or canoe to visit the villages nestled far beyond the rice fields and orchards, or located by the sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. And for those who love solidarity tourism and eco-tourism, going to Casamance is an occasion to spend the holidays learning and sharing in many ways.
*Ziguinchor Along the river, Ziguinchor exudes a nonchalant ambience and visitors give in quickly to its slow pace of life. Ziguinchor was founded by the Portuguese in 1645 and became a very prosperous trading center. The signs of this glorious past can be seen in Escale neighborhood with its colonial houses. But Ziguinchor’s true African side is at the big market, called Saint-Maur des Fossés, with its strong mixture of vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon fragrances and its stalls full of fish and tropical fruits like papaya, mango, pineapple and guava. *Diembering Eco park This natural reserve will win the hearts of nature lovers and all those who want to know more about agroforestry. It has a large virgin forest belt, a flourishing mangrove area, and palm trees above and opposite the rice fields and the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can go on foot or on bikes to find out more about the local wildlife. There is an Ecolodge at the top of the hill, built from Jola traditional architecture. It has a wide water catchment area and eight rooms with a view on the ocean and forest.
*Kabrousse Kabrousse is the hometown of Aline Sitoe Diatta, the renowned dissident. The village is a few kilometers away from Cap Skirring. Between the Guinea Bissau border and the Casamance river is a tropical paradise with over twenty kilometers of fine sand, coconut trees, rice fields and forests where visitors can enjoy the vacation of their dreams.
* Mlomp village The remarkable architecture in this village is the source of its charm. The village has two-storey buildings made of clay. The idea came from a Senegalese World War II veteran who longed to replicate the modern buildings he had seen in France.
Day 1 : ZIGUINCHOR – DJIBELOR – OUSSOUYE. (About 40km /45mn)
- Pick-up from the port or airport
- Visit to Djibelor crocodile farm, a park of over 30 hectares with a variety of fruit trees and ornamental flowers.
- Lunch at a camp in Oussouye. Afternoon visit to Oussouye, the capital of Lower Casamance, to the women making clay pots in Edioungou village, and then to the local fruit processing workshop in Oussouye.
- Visit to the King of Oussouye, depending on his availability.
- Dinner and night at the camp.
DAY 2 : OUSSOUYE – MLOMP – KARABANE – (About 20 km/25mn-30mn by canoe)
- Road trip to Mlomp village and visit to the double storey mud huts, the Jola culture Museum and its giant silk-cotton trees
- Continue to the Elinkine port to board the canoe to Karabane island
- Lunch, then visit to the island which served as the first French colonial trade point in Casamance
- Dinner and night at hotel in Karabane
DAY 3 : KARABANE – CAP SKIRING. (About 30 mins by canoe 50 km/01h)
- We will board a canoe to Elinkine fishing village, and then go by road to Cap Skiring seaside resort, located on one of Senegal’s most beautiful beaches
- Installation at the hotel
- Lunch, then relaxation at Cap Skiring’s beautiful beach
- Dinner and night at the hotel.
DAY 4: CAP SKIRING – DJIMBERING – ZIGUINCHOR. (About 100km/01h40)
- In the morning, visit to Djimbering native village, with its giant silk-cotton trees, its open beach area known for its annual rice field festival
- Return to Cap Skiring at lunch time
- Then travel by road to Ziguinchor to tour the city, visit the tropical garden at the French cultural center and the Marché Saint Maure.
- Dinner and night at the hotel in Ziguinchor
DAY 5 : ZIGUINCHOR / DAKAR
- Transfer to port or airport for check in to Dakar.
Circuit : 8jours / 7 nuits : « SENEGAL des profondeurs »
DAY 1: DAKAR – PETITE COTE. (Approx. 80km/1h30)
- Welcome and shuttle to “ écogite Degg-Jamm¨
DAY 2: TRADITIONAL VILLAGE – PETITE COTE. (Approx. 22km/30mn)
- Travel to Nguerigne village; meet the villagers and learn about their daily life
- Traditional lunch under mango trees.
- Late afternoon visit to Mbour port to watch fishermen return in their traditional canoes.
- Dinner and night at Ecogite Degg-Jamm
DAY 3 : PETITE COTE – JOAL FADIOUTH – PETITE COTE. (Approx. 70km/01h30)
- Leave for Joal, the birthplace of the former President and poet, Léopold Sedar Senghor. This village is peculiar with its century-old shells.
- Walk to Fadiouth island, one of the most picturesque villages in Senegal, with its round straw huts, its grain barns on stilts and its shell cemetery used by Christians and Muslims, a true example of religious coexistence.
- Continue by road: cross grandiose landscapes, palmyra palms and baobab forests, Sereer villages and large expanses of saline land.
- Return to the Petite Côte late in the afternoon.
- Dinner and night at Ecogite Degg-Jamm.
DAY 4 : PETITE COTE- RESERVE DE BANDIA – NGAPAROU BEACH (Approx. 35km)
- – Off to Bandia. The location is a magnificent classified forest of baobab trees. It especially has old Sereer “pyramids”, burial chambers and a tomb for griots in the hollow of a baobab tree. The Bandia reserve is an ambitious project to reintroduce species no longer found in the Sahel.
- – Safari in the country’s best animal reserve. You can watch giraffes, antelopes, hartebeest, monkeys …. in the company of an animal guide.
- – Lunch at éco gite Degg-Jamm Beach party at Ngaparou / Saly Beach
- – Dinner and night at écogite Degg-Jamm
DAY 5 : LAC ROSE-VILLAGE DES TORTUES- DESERT DE LOMPOUL. (Approx. 163km/02h40)
- Tour the lake, visit a Fulani village and stop to meet with salt merchants.
- Swimming in pink lake
- Have a traditional dish for lunch.
- Continue to the botanical forest in Noflaye.
- Visit the turtle village, center for protecting the Sulcata giant tortoise.
- Drive to the Lompoul dessert via Niayes, the vegetable farming area.
- Settle in a camp with Mauritanian tents.
- Dinner and night at an ecolodge..
DAY 6 : LOMPOUL – RAO – LANGUE DE BARBARIE. (Approx. 160km/02h40)
- Breakfast, go for a last roll in the dunes and a tour of the dunes on camel back.
- Drive to the Rao region, surrounded by rice fields. Meet with the coordinator of a project aimed at halting rural to urban migration to hear about their activities: weaving and dyeing (Batik), training for farmers, training for well-diggers, making of goat cheese, etc.….
- Lunch at the Rao farm, then continue to the Langue de Barbarie.
- Settle in, have dinner and spend night at a Lodge opposite the Ocean.
DAY 7 : LANGUE DE BARBARIE – ST LOUIS – LANGUE DE BARBARIE. (Approx. 60km/01h)
- Morning visit to the Guembeul reserve: dama gazelles and dorcas, oryx, red monkeys, warthogs.
- Drive to Saint Louis for lunch at the restaurant.
- Afternoon carriage tour of the old colonial city, a UNESCO world heritage site: Faidherbe Bridge, the houses of dignitaries with old-fashioned charm, City Hall, the Cathedral, the Aéropostale Museum and the Guet Ndar fishing district with multicolor canoes.
- Return in the late afternoon to enjoy the sunset.
- Dinner and night at the Lodge.
DAY 8: LANGUE DE BARBARIE – DAKAR. (Approx. 260km/04h30)
- Relax in the morning between the river and the ocean.
- Learn hawk fishing or hook and line fishing.
- Lunch at the Lodge and late afternoon return to Dakar.