Day 2: Guided tour in Dakar, night Dakar
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
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.
Travel to home.
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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. -
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. -
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. -
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! -
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 -
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! -