8-DAY DJOLLOF TOUR WITH SEN COCONUT TOURS
Day 1: Dakar
Arrive in Dakar airport where you will be welcomed by your tour guide and transported to your hotel. As you acclimate to your new surroundings, you will be briefed on your trip. Relax or take a dip in the pool. Enjoy your first meal at the hotel.
Day 2: Dakar / Saly
Begin your day with breakfast in the hotel. Take in the sights and sounds of Dakar on a guided tour where you will be introduced to its French colonial architecture and lively markets. Visit the Presidential Palace, Independence Square, Cathedral, Statute of Renaissance, flower market, and artisanal market.
For lunch ferry over to Goree Island, an outpost of the Atlantic slave trade and an UNESCO world heritage site. Visit the slave house where its own curator will provide you with a personal tour. Drop by the ethnographic museum. Wander Goree's cobblestone roads and browse the local artists' work.
Evening, depart for the “Petite Cote”. On the way, stop by Sindia forest for breathtaking views of Senegal's national tree - the baobab. Arrive in the coastal town of Mbour where you will greet the fishermen as they return with the day's catch. Take pleasure in a typical Senegalese dinner and an overnight stay in Saly.
Day 3: Saly / Kaolack / Ziguinchor
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before departing for Ziguinchor, capital town in the region of Casamance. On the way, visit the markets of Kaolack famous for their medicinal herbs and handicrafts. Savor lunch in one of Kaolack’s fine restaurants. Continue on your travels, stopping by villages along the way. Meet local village families and visit their homes.
In the late afternoon, arrive at the hotel in Zinguichor, along the salt water Casamance River. Sample some Senegalese tea as you take in the views of fishermen on their traditional and colorful fishing boats – “pirogues”. Dine on the local specialty “c’est bon” either in the home of a local resident or a restaurant.
Day 4: Ziguinchor / Oussouye / Cap Skirring
Dine for breakfast in the hotel.
Then hop aboard a pirogue for a leisurely ride along the saltwater river of Casamance. View pelicans, flamingos, egrets, herons and dolphins. Stop in a village along the banks of the river. Enjoy the view of the mangroves, baobab trees and Diola mud huts. You may meet local women harvesting or roasting oysters.
Return to Zinguichor for lunch and a tour of the charming town. Visit the artisanal and fruit & vegetable markets.
In the late afternoon, depart for the sleepy town of Cap Skirring to enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. On the way, you will stop for refreshments at the campement in Oussouye – composed of traditional Diola mud huts.
Feast on a well prepared dinner in the hotel in Cap Skirring before turning in.
Day 5: Cap Skirring
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel.
Take in the views of vegetation sand and ocean. Relax on the beach. Soak in the warm waters of Africa’s west coast.
This is a free day to refuel and recharge. You may head into town to the artisanal market and pick up souvenirs such as masks, jewelry, woven baskets, purses and batiks. Or you can catch up on your e-mails at the town’s internet café.
Dinner will be accompanied by a performance of traditional Diola African drums and dancing around a beach bonfire. Feel free to join in the festivities.
Day 6: Cap Skirring / Banjul / Toubacouta
Dine on breakfast in the hotel as you overlook the ocean. Depart for the English, Wolof & Mandinka speaking country of Gambia.
Arrive for lunch in the small & beautiful capital city of Banjul on the mouth of the Gambian River. Tour the city by bus, taking in the views of English colonial architecture.
Cross the Gambian River by ferry before finally arriving in the culturally rich and ethnically diverse town of Toubacouta. Enjoy a refreshing glass of bissap juice while gazing at the diverse flora and fauna on the banks of the Sine Saloum River.
Savor dinner at the hotel. Dance to world music in the hotels’ club or turn it early for a restful night.
Day 7: Toubacouta / Saly / Pink Lake
Dine for Breakfast in the hotel.
Depart for Retba and the famed Pink Lake - named for the pink color that can be observed due to microorganisms and the high concentration of salt.
On the way, enjoy lunch in the international seaside resort town of Saly on the Petite Cote. Take a peak at the long sandy beach with its calm clear waters and listen to the sounds of the ocean beckon you.
Arrive in the afternoon at the Pink Lake. Witness first hand its pink hue. Float on its surface with such buoyancy you will feel as if laying on top of a bed. Take a four-wheel drive on an antique French World War II jeep on the surrounding sand dunes. See the population harvesting salt from the lake. Stop by the nearby ocean and you may see local boys exercising on the beach.
Return to Dakar. Dine in the hotel for your last night’s stay.
Day 8: Dakar / Airport
Enjoy a farewell breakfast in the hotel and transportation to the airport.
We hope you loved your stay in Senegal. We welcome you back soon.