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Teranga Senegal tour

Country: Senegal
Next travel date: on demand
Size of group: from 2 participants

Program

 
Couched between the arid desert lands in Northern Senegal and lush tropical forests in the south, this country boasts a stunning array of sights, sounds and flavours. The capital Dakar alone hands you the country in a capsule. Perched on the tip of a beach-lined peninsula, this dizzying city is composed elegance and street hustle all rolled into one. The busy streets, vibrant markets and glittering nightlife will easily draw you into their relentless rhythm, but the escape route is always open – be it to the meditative calm of the historical Île de Gorée or the golden sands of Yoff and N’Gor. And if Dakar’s sensory overload really gets too much, architecturally beautiful Saint-Louis, the first French settlement in West Africa, boasts a vibrant urban culture without the inner-city bustle.
 
The slogen of Senegal is Teranga. Teranga 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 West-African country. Senegal is a stabile, peaceful and diverse country with good infrastructure, great gastronomy and low-risk of health issues. You do not even need any obligatory vaccination to travel to Senegal.
 
 
Day 1: Travel to Senegal, night Dakar
Travel to Senegal. Arrival at Dakar International Airport on 28 December 2015. Tansfer to the Hotel, night Dakar

Day 2: G
uided tour in Dakar, night Dakar
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 biggest 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. We will have dinner at an open-air space with ambiance, at the Atlantic- Ocean coast.  Night in Dakar
 
  
 
Day 3: Pink Lake and Fula villages
Visit to the Retba- Lake, situated 40 km from Dakar. The interesting, pink colour of the lake is caused by the cynomacteria. The locally fabricated salt is considered to be one of the best in the world after 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. 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, by the Atlantic- Ocean
 
  
 
Day 4: Life on water: Saint- Louis (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
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. Night in Saint- Louis
 
  
 
Day 5: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
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. We will discover the treasures of the antique shops and the modern fine art galleries of Saint- Louis in the afternoon, night in Saint- Louis
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                 
 
  
 
Day 6: 
 
A journey to the sacred city, night in Saly

 
Travel to Touba in the early morning. 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. During the bus trip, we will get an in-sight to the mourid and Baye Fall culture. We will share essential knowledge on the history, tradi-tions and customs of mouridism. Short tour in Touba on foot. With its sandy ambiance, and horse-ride taxis, Touba takes us back to the past. We will meet a great marabou and his loyal servants, the Baye Fall monks. The Baye Falls live a puritan lifestyle, wear dread-
locks and magi-cal amulets in their neck and around their body. They serve the marabous as gods. They consider the marabous to have healing power and gather around them and serve them to receive his bless-ing, or Baraka. Baye Falls are living for the community by the community. Their feasts are called the Jungus where they praise their religious leaders by singing followed by drumming and dancing. We will visit the Mosque of Touba, the Library, other sacred sites and the cemetery.
  Night in Saly
 
 
      
 
  
Day 7: Dance and drum workshops,  night in Saly
Travel to Mbour village where our African style lodge will be situated nex to the Atlantic-Ocean.  In the afternoon, we will have a special djembe drum class and a West-African dance workshop. Some of the solo dancers from National Ballet SORANO come to teach us! After the workshops, we will witness the outstanding performance of a traditional dance group, overnight in Saly
 
   
 
Day  8: Bird watching in Saloum Delta National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The 96000 hectar 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, some antilops, in beautiful landscape of mangrove and baobab forests. On the way to the Park we will visit a Serer village. We will take canoes to get to the islands on the Saloum River where we will see many different species of birds and will have lunch on an island. On the way back to Mbour, we will visit a sacred baobab-tree. Those who are not afraid might be able to step into the baobab-tree. Night in Saly
 
 
   
 
Day 9:  Safari in Bandia Game Reserve, night in Saly
Safari and game watch in the Bandia Game Reserve, where we will see giraffes, zebras,rhinos, crocodiles, ostriches, various bird species and 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
 
   
 
Day 10: Gorée Island and the Incredible art of Senegal
Travel back to Dakar in the morning. The historic places of the trans-Atlantic slave trade (slavery prison, historical museum) will be visited on this beautiful, Caribbean-style island which we will reach by ferry 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 jewellery. Packing and leaving for the airport.
 
  
 
Day 11: Goodbye Senegal and Return to Europe
Travel to home.



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