Sénégal :

Land of contrasts and colors, Senegal is a gate of West Africa.

Magical and mythical, this country has all the assets for a total change of scenery. Its sweetness of life, the warmth and generosity of people, the beauty of its landscapes, its typical craftsmanship make this destination a haven of peace. Travel tour or excursions are elaborate for allowing a deep discovery of the country, its culture, its fauna, its flora and its populations.

PRACTICAL INFORMATIONS  and  NOTES:

Travel times are indicative and do not include stops. The duration of the stages and their chronologies can be modified on the spot by the accompanist depending on the local contingencies (runway, administrative problem, mechanical incident, etc.). We give you the number of kilometers traveled and the estimated duration of the journey time. All may vary depending on climatic conditions and traffic.

Coaching :

An English speaking guide will be there to welcome you and accompany you during your tour.

Transportation :

Transport is carried on board a minibus or 4×4 air-conditioned vehicle equipped with a cooler to refresh drinks etc. Some days are particularly busy in transport because of the great distances to reach the region the East of Senegal.

Number of people per vehicle: minimum 06 maximum 10

To preserve the well being of everyone and to keep a human size during the visits of villages of bush.

As a result, the route can be modified in its course, while respecting the sites to be visited.

Security :

Your guide has a mobile phone, and in each vehicle there is a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher.

Meals:

Senegalese dishes based on products of the day. The kitchen is adapted to the European taste. Everything we consume is produced locally by the farmers, with the exception of “picnics” for reasons of conservation and logistics.

Particular attention is given to hygiene and cleanliness.

It should be noted that the tours are on a full board basis

Package drinks included (1/2 water + 1 soda)

Accommodation:

With the exception of Dakar or Saly, accommodation is done in small structures with the traditional architecture of the ethnic groups that one meets during the circuit. The comfort is simple but with great attention to the hygiene and the quality of the reception. In general, they are ventilated African boxes with private restrooms and mosquito’s nets

Important:

Despite improvements, power cuts occur at times in certain areas of Senegal and although these hotels sometimes have generators, shedding can sometimes result in water pressure drops or even momentary water cuts

Bivouac:

In case of bivouac, under tents, mattresses, sheets, blankets and cushions are provided.

2 seater tents with mosquito nets.

Provide liquid soap and bath towels

Items for the toilet Flashlights: each participant is asked to bring one

EQUIPMENT TO PREVIEW:

Preferably a soft bag of 20 kg maximum, and a backpack for your belongings of the day.

 Clothing:

– shorts

– Trousers

– T-shirts

– Light cotton shirts

– Swimsuit

– a scarf,  a cap

– a pair of sandals or of trainning shoes

Equipment :

– flashlight

– sunglasses

– Solar cream

– mosquito repellent

– Towel

– Personal pharmacy kit (very useful: physiological saline pads and bactericides for the hands)

Aid kit :

In vehicles, there is a first-aid kit for first aid, also providing medicines specific to his health as well as an antimalarial treatment

USEFUL INFORMATION : 

Money :

Bank cards only use in cities and not in the bush. No banks or exchange points in the bush.

Provide a cash budget for any additional expenses (souvenirs, gifts, tips, etc.). Your guide will be able to change the euros in CFA at the official rate (1 euro = 650 FCFA).

Voltage :

220 volts.

Pictures and videos :

Be sure to wait for the greetings of use and the authorization of the people to photograph or to film. For your electronic devices, provide protection for dust.

Gifts :

Avoid giving gifts to directly children. It is better to give to the elderly or in health huts, the villagers should know how to make a fair distribution.

Non-expired medicines, toys, small medical equipment and school supplies are always welcome

Health :

By observing the basic precautions, there is no health risk:

Do not consume ice-cream sold on the street and wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.

Be up to date with your vaccines. Fever vaccines are recommended

Follow a treatment against malaria and take care daily (and especially in the evening) mosquitoes (repellents, mosquito nets, long sleeves)

Drinking bottled water (tap water is not always drinkable) Avoid swimming in ponds, rivers …

Your environment:  

The routes you are going through are chosen for their beauty, authenticity or originality. Some principles will allow other travelers to enjoy these same landscapes.

Water is a precious commodity in many countries (desert or not), do not soil it (always plan biodegradable soaps and shampoos).

The animals you may encounter are at home, do not disturb them and try to go unnoticed …

Finally some sites or natural parks are protected and impose an intern regulation that it is important to respect.

In short, leave no trace behind you, pick up your waste and follow the advice of your guide!

Your meetings:

On your way, you will often have the opportunity to meet local people.

Wherever you are, be sure to show discretion and humility.

The multiplicity of cultures and traditions means that certain attitudes are perceived differently in different countries.

Just take the time to understand the people you met, take the time to create links.

Listen to the advice of your guide! He knows better than anyone what behaviors to avoid or adopt. For example, if you want to take a picture, always great and ask for permission.

Also, do not distribute gifts at all … Because this often encourages children to beg.

Finally, be careful not to wear too light attire (short short, décolleté …) especially in Muslim countries and avoid the exuberant behaviors.

RECOMMANDATIONS: 

As with any trip, avoid carrying valuables.

If you are taking part of your budget in traveler’s checks, make sure to write down the numbers separately. Also include a photocopy of your identity papers.

Follow the advice of your local guides.

There are regulations about: Alcohol (1 bottle of wine and one bottle of alcohol or 2 bottles of wine per adult) and tobacco (200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco per adult).

Never leave your valuables items (money, passport, airline tickets) in your room,  bus, or restaurants … whenever possible, leave them in the hotel’s safe.

Observe the basic rules of caution, do not forget in hotels to put the security lock or door chain

MINI GLOSSARY IN WOLOF LANGUAGE:

Hello: Salam Maleikoum to which one answers Maleikoum Salam

How are you ? Nackan ‘ga deff?

Goodbye: Mangui dem

Thank you: dieureudieuf

Yes: waw

No: Dedèt

I’m hungry: dama khif

I’m thirsty: dama mare

How much: Niata?

It’s expensive: defa diafé

Reduced price: Wagni Ko

I’m leaving: Dem Naa

I have no money today: Amull khalis teye

BIBLIOGRAPHY :

The Niokolo Koba gri-gri (Cartoon), Spirou and Fantasio collection, ed. Dupuis .

Senegal / Christian Saglio / ed. Grandvaux .

Senegal notebook / Virginie Broquet / ed. Arthaud .

Senegal Gambia / Lonely planet .

St Louis of Senegal / Abdoul hadir Aidara / ed. Grandvaux

Evasion senegal / ed Hachette .

Ndeye, Oury and Jean pierre live in Senegal / Bilguissa Diallo