Senegal and Festival tour

Program

The slogen of Senegal is Teranga. It is a wolof word and it means hospitality which is very true for Senegal and it is something you will experience in every moment during your stay in this amazing, safe and beatiful West-African country. Senegal is a peaceful and diverse country with good infrastructure, great gastronomy and vibrant music and art life. Within the frame of this travel, you will experience everyday life of people, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and spend two entire days with Ballet Camara. You will learn djembe and sabar drums, afro dances and the national dance of Senegal, the Mbalax. Travel to Senegal! 

Day 0: Travel to Senegal, night Dakar
Travel to Senegal. Arrival at DSS International Airport Saly late night. Tansfer to Hotel, night Hotel Cafe de Rome Dakar


Day 1: Guided tour in Dakar - local markets, Senegalese wrestling, night Dakar, Hotel Cafe De Rome

Guided Tour in Dakar, Capital of Senegal. We will go to HLM market and buy traditional cloths which is fun and appropriate for some festive occasions in Senegal. Boubous could be bought for men and long skirts with tops for women. Textiles are beautiful, and cloths are appropriate for the climate. We will jump into the Senegalese culture. (The cost of textiles is not included in the program fee. It is not obligatory to buy such cloth, but it is important for women to have a long skirt and a scarf with them on the travel as we will meet religious leaders and might visit Mosque.) We will visit iconic places of Dakar such as the beautiful and vibrant Kermel Market, the Independence square, the Leopold Sedar Senghor Avenue or the tallest statue of Africa. We will visit a Senegalese wrestling school in Ngediawaye quarter. Wrestling is a National Sport of Senegal and it is called laamb in wolof language.  Night in Dakar, Hotel Cafe de Rome
We will have dinner at an open-air space with ambiance, at the Atlantic- Ocean coast. 

  

Day 2: Gore-Island, and Dakar by night tour, night Dakar
The historic places of the trans-Atlantic slave trade (slavery prison, historical museum) will be visited on this beautiful, Caribbean-style island (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which we will reach by a 20 minutes ferry journey from Dakar. Visit to the art market, insight behind the scenes of the art-makers. We will be able to purchase statues, souvenirs, textiles and jewelry. Visit of the shea-butter market. City by night Dakar tour, visit of a cultural space, night in Dakar, Hotel Cafe de Rome

  

Day 3: Pink Lake and Fula villages, night Saint- Louis

Visit to the Retba- Lake, situated 40 km from Dakar. The interesting, pink color of the lake is caused by the cynomacteria. The locally fabricated salt is considered to be one of the best in the world after the salt in Sri Lanka. We will visit a Fula village near the lake and understand more about the culture of the Fulbe or Fula, consisting of 12 to 15 million people in the West-African region. We will use a buggy-camion to cover the tour. We will rally on the track of the ancient competitors of the Paris-Dakar rally, among sand dunes and at the Atlantic-Ocean coastline. We will continue to Saint- Louis, night in Saint- Louis at Hotel Cap Saint- Louis
  

Day 4: Bird watching in Djoudj Bird Sanctuary and guided visit in Saint- Louis (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Visit to Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary in the morning that lies on the southeast bank of the Senegal River in Senegal, north east of St-Louis. It provides a range of wetland habitats which prove very popular with migrating birds, many of which have crosses the Sahara. Of almost 400 species of birds, the most visible are pelicans and flamingos.  In the afternoon, we will have an extended guided tour on horse ride in Saint - Louis, ancient capital of the French Colony. The architecture of Saint- Louis still holds the colonial style and ambiance. Saint-Louis was inscribed to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2000. We will also discover the treasures of the antique shops and the modern fine art galleries of this romantic historic island. Night Hotel Cap Saint- Louis
  
 
Day 5: 
 
Touba, the sacred city, night in Saly

Touba, the site of the Grand Magal Pilgrimage is considered the second biggest pilgrimage after Mecca. The religious feast gathers the followers of the mourid brotherhood, consisting of 1/5 of Senegalese Muslims. Mourids are well-known and popular because of their peaceful and hospitable attitude. Guided tour in Touba sacred city on foot around the Big Mosque. With its sandy ambiance, and horse-ride taxis, Touba takes us back to the past. If we are lucky, we will meet Baye Fall monks. They live a puritan lifestyle, wear dreadlocks and magical amulets in their neck and around their body. We will visit the Mosque of Touba, the Library, other sacred sites and the cemetery. Night Saly, Framissima Palm Beach Hotel ****

Day  6: Bird watching in Saloum Delta National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), night Saly

The 96000 hectars Saloum Delta National park is inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage List due to it’s flora, fauna and outstanding bio-diversity. It’s home to more than 200 bird species in beautiful landscape of mangrove and baobab forests. On the way to the Park we will visit a Serer family. They are mostly christians and live in poligamy up to the present. We will take canoes to get to the islands on the Saloum River where we will see various species of birds and will have lunch on an island in the nature. On the way back to Saly we will visit a sacred baobab-tree considered as one of the oldest in Senegal. Night in Saly, Framissima Palm Beach Hotel ****

  

Day 7:  Safari in Bandia Game Reserve, night Saly

Game watch in Bandia Game Reserve, where we will see giraffes, zebras, rhinos, crocodiles, ostriches, various bird species and koba antelopes. A real touch of African wildlife! Visit of the vibrant and interesting fish and souvenir market of Mbour in the afternoon. Night in Saly, Hotel Framissima Palm Beach ****

  
 

Day  8 and 9:  Dance and drum workshops and Festival with Ballet Camara, night Saly


Djembe drum and afro dance workshops on the first day, with an extraordinary Ballet Camara show during the night. Sabar drum and mbalax dance course on the second day. A feast with drum jamming and dancing around the fire that is called TANDINER on second night. Best djembe masters and dancers from Ballet Camara, two times dance competition winner Abdoul Camara and some artists from National Theatre Ballet SORANO will come to teach us! Night Saly, Hotel Framissima Palm Beach ****

Check out more photos and videos at the website of Ballet Camara!

 

Day 10: Goodbye Senegal and Return to Europe

Beach time, water sports, and back to Europe in the night.

Country

Senegal

Next date

2019. february 27. -

2019. march 09.

Application deadline: 2019. february 09.
Length

11 days

Number of participants

from 8 people

Opinions about us

It was one of the most influential travels of my life where I have not only got the chance to know a different culture better, but learnt a lot about myself. -

In Senegal, I have passed one of the best 11 days of my entire life. I have experienced a very different, but very human world. I think there are only a few such 'intensive' worlds and cultures on he Earth. I thank you to help me to experience this feeling. -

We arrived at a crowded suburb of Dakar, Ngediawaye. We parked the minibus and continued on foot. We entered the market and walked for 10 minutes to get to the textiles department. The market was crowded, and we followed our local guide who took us to tiny streets where we could see and photograph freely the everyday moments of Senegalese people. I could understand a lot about everyday life, Senegalese foods and drinks during an hour. This was an excellent program. The other participants were not aware how lucky we were with this possibility. Other African tour operators would drive you through the main street of the market with carefully closed doors and windows in the best scenario. I could have never imagined that I can so easily and freely walk into an African market where there are so many things to discover. -

Everyone should visit this wonderful country. Great moments, beautiful landscapes, the Ocean and delicious meals wait the visitors in Senegal. We can get to know the capital, the coast, local families with professional guiding. I can only suggest Senegal as a travel destination, so I urge you to travel to Senegal. Teranga Senegal! -

I loved the idea of sewing a traditional cloth in Senegal. It was a unique and funny experience. I confess that I wear my African boubou sometimes at home. I love it because it is so comfortable -

I loved Africa during my previous travels, but during this travel, I started to admire it! I have gaines wonderful experiences and lot's of cultural knowledge! Thank you! -

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