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Classic Senegal & The Gambia

Merging cultural experiences with important histories and stunning landscapes, this 10-day tour through Senegal and The Gambia brings you to a part of Africa that's seldom explored. Learn about daily life in a local Wolof village, immerse yourself in Gambia's important slave history, and get time to relax on sandy beaches in between. Experience what West Africa has to offer before the rest of the world gets to these unique destinations.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DGSG/240353
  • Starts: Dakar, Senegal
  • Finishes: Dakar, Senegal
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Dakar
  • Lompoul
  • Saint-Louis
  • Kaolack
  • Banjul
  • Somone

Itinerary

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Day 1: Dakar

Arrive at anytime.

02

Day 2: Goree Island

Visit the historic Goree Island, to learn about the Atlantic slave trade, and the role this little island played.
Continue your exploration on a guided tour of Dakar in the afternoon.

03

Day 3: Lake Retba/Lompoul Desert

Depart from Dakar and stop at Lake Retba (Lac Rose) and see the men and women collecting salt in the pink waters. In the afternoon drive to Lompoul, and get settled into our desert camp.
Opt to explore the surrounding dunes on foot, jeep, or camel, and in the evening sit down to a traditional Senegalese meal.

04

Day 4: Lompoul/Saint-Louis

Free time in the morning to explore the Lompoul Desert, then drive north to Saint-Louis, the historic French capital of Senegal. Enjoy a tour of the Saint-Louis island on a caleche (a traditional horse drawn cart).

05

Day 5: Djoudj NP

Spend the day exploring the the waterways of Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, keeping a look out for 400 species of birds, including pelicans and flamingos.

06

Day 6: Saint-Louis/Kaolack

Visit a local Wolof village, then continue on to the holy city of Touba, to visit the Great Mosque. Overnight in Kaolack.

07

Day 7: Kaolack/Banjul

Cross into The Gambia, and visit Jufureh and Kunta Kinteh Island (formerly James island), two important stops in The Gambia's slave history. In the afternoon, continue to Banjul.

08

Day 8: Banjul

Embark on a guided city tour of Banjul in the morning, visiting the Arch 22, National Museum, and Albert Market. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own, or relaxing on the beach.

09

Day 9: Banjul/Somone

Cross back into Senegal and head to the beaches of Somone, for some well deserved relaxation. Stop at the Mbour fish market for a glimpse of the thriving industry, and authentic taste of Senegal living.

10

Day 10: Somone/Dakar Airport

A relaxing morning at the beach before heading to the airport, where the tour ends on arrival.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Goree Island tour
    • Lake Retba visit
    • Lompoul Desert stay and traditional Senegalese dinner
    • Saint-Louis calèche tour
    • Djoudj National Park boat tour
    • Local Wolof village visit
    • Touba Grand Mosque
    • Tour of Jufureh and Kunta Kinteh Island
    • Half day Banjul city tour
    • Mbour fish market visit
    • Free time at Somone beach
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Standard hotels/guesthouses (9 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private minibus, ferry, 4x4, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and driver throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit historic Goree Island
  • See workers collecting salt at Lake Retba
  • Spot pelicans and flamingos at a bird sanctuary
  • Relax on the beaches of Banjul
  • Get a taste of Senegal at the local fish market.