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Tapestry experience in Senegal

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Duration

7 Days 6 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

7-Day Tapestry Experience in Senegal

Introduction

Embark on a captivating 7-day tour of Tapestry experience in Senegal, exploring diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and historical landmarks. This immersive journey takes you through Pink Lake, Saint Louis, Gorée Island, Saly, and Djoudj National Bird Park, offering a blend of natural wonders and cultural experiences.

Visit the Pink Lake, and marvel at its unique pink hues caused by high salt content. Witness the local salt harvesting process and engage with the vibrant culture surrounding the lake, enjoy water activities, and take in stunning landscapes. Also, travel to the historic city of Saint Louis, an island adorned with colonial architecture, and explore narrow streets, visit landmarks like Place Faidherbe and the Governor’s Palace, and immerse yourself in the city’s cultural scene.

Likewise, Saint Louis serves as a gateway to the natural wonders of the surrounding area. Travel to Gorée Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site with a poignant history tied to the transatlantic slave trade. Visit the House of Slaves, the Door of No Return, Gorée offers a unique blend of historical exploration and vibrant local culture.

Relax in Saly on the Petite Côte, known for its sandy beaches and luxury resorts. Enjoy water activities, explore local markets, and soak in the coastal ambiance. Saly provides a perfect blend of relaxation and cultural experiences. Djoudj National Bird Park is a UNESCO site teeming with millions of migratory birds. Besides, we take a boat excursion on the Senegal River, witness diverse birdlife, and explore the park’s wetlands. Djoudj National Bird Park offers a serene finale to your tour, highlighting Senegal’s rich biodiversity.

Furthermore, this 7-day tour promises an unforgettable exploration of Senegal’s natural beauty and historical and cultural diversity. However, from the mesmerizing Pink Lake to the historical depths of Gorée Island, each destination adds a unique layer to the tapestry of Senegal’s charm.

In Conclusion,

This 7-day adventure guarantees an unparalleled exploration of Senegal’s multifaceted allure, delving into its natural wonders, historical richness, and cultural diversity. Book Now!

Highlights

  • • Dakar
  • Pink Lake
  • Saint Louis
  • Goree Island
  • Saly
  • Djoudj National Bird Park

Day 1: Arrival at Senegal Blaise Diagne International Airport

Upon arrival at the Senegal Blaise Diagne International Airport, travelers will be picked up and taken to their hotel where they will be warmly welcomed by a private tour guide, and be given a brief orientation on Dakar, including essential information about the local culture, currency, and safety tips.

Travelers will check in to their hotel, have their breakfast if the check-in is in the morning, and also freshen up

In the afternoon travelers will Explore the vibrant Sandaga Market for local crafts, fabrics, and souvenirs. Travelers will also explore Soumbedioune Fish Market to experience the bustling atmosphere and see the day's catch.

In the evening, travelers will return to the hotel to freshen up and relax, and Head to the seafood restaurant for dinner. Dakar is known for its delicious seafood. Enjoy a variety of grilled fish, prawns, and other local specialties.

Day 2: Goree Island
Day 2:  Goree Island

Start your adventure with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Dakar, and head to the Dakar ferry terminal to catch a ferry to Gorée Island. Ferries typically run regularly throughout the day.

Upon arrival on Gorée Island, take a moment to enjoy the scenic views. Gorée is known for its historical significance and charming atmosphere. Explore the House of Slaves known as Maison des Esclaves and the Door of No Return, which are important historical sites representing the island's role in the transatlantic slave trade. Travelers will also explore the Gorée Island Historical Museum, which provides further insight into the island's history. Travelers can spend some time relaxing at the beach, Gorée offers beautiful coastal views and a peaceful environment.

Take a ferry back to Dakar in the late afternoon, have a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant, enjoy Senegalese cuisine, and reflect on your day on Gorée Island.

Day 3: Djoudj National Bird Park

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Saint-Louis, and start your adventure to Djoudj National Bird Park early in the morning. The park is approximately 60 kilometers north of Saint-Louis and the drive takes about an hour.

Arrive at Djoudj National Bird Park and start your morning bird-watching adventure. Djoudj is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a paradise for bird enthusiasts, with millions of migratory birds, including pelicans, flamingos, and various species of herons.

In the afternoon, take a boat excursion on the Senegal River, which runs through Djoudj National Bird Park. This provides a unique perspective to observe birds and wildlife in their natural habitat.

Travelers will also explore different areas of the park, including the lake and surrounding wetlands. Djoudj is not only a haven for birds but also home to various species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. In the evening, leave Djoudj National Bird Park and return to Saint-Louis, take some time to relax and freshen up at your hotel in Saint-Louis and enjoy a well-deserved evening supper at your hotel

Day 4: Visit to Saly
Day 4: Visit to Saly

Start your adventure with a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Dakar, Head south from Dakar towards Saly. Saly is situated approximately 80 kilometers south of Dakar, making it easily accessible from the capital city.

Upon arrival in Saly, spend the late morning relaxing on the beach, enjoying the sun, sea, and sand. The resorts provide beach access, and you can explore the coastline and engage in water activities such as jet-skiing, kayaking, or simply swimming in the ocean.

Take a stroll through Saly town, and explore local markets, shops, and get a sense of the local atmosphere.

Travelers can also take a short trip to the nearby Somone Lagoon, with a boat ride to explore the lagoon's diverse birdlife and mangroves.

Head back to Dakar in the evening, enjoy a delicious supper at the restaurant in the hotel, and reflect on the experience and the beauty and relaxation of the day

Day 5: Saint-Louis

Begin your day with a quick delicious breakfast at your hotel. Start your journey to Saint-Louis early in the morning. The drive takes approximately 3 to 4 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions.

On your way to Saint-Louis, consider making a brief stop in Touba, a significant religious center in Senegal, and experience the Great Mosque of Touba, one of the largest mosques in Africa.

Arrive in Saint-Louis around midday and check into your hotel.  Spend the afternoon exploring the historic island of Saint-Louis. Visit Palace Faidherbe, named after the French governor, and built around 18 century. Travelers can also stroll through the charming streets with colonial architecture.

In the late afternoon travelers will head to the fishing wharf to witness the bustling activity of the local fishermen. Saint-Louis has a vibrant fishing community, and the colorful boats and daily catch provide a fascinating sight.  Travelers will also Visit the nearby Langue de Barbarie, the narrow sandbar separating the Senegal River from the Atlantic Ocean. This area serves as the border between Senegal and Mauritania. Wrap up your day by exploring the nightlife in Saint-Louis. Head back to your hotel for a restful night. The city has a lively atmosphere in the evening, with bars and clubs offering a mix of local and international music.

Day 6: Pink Lake

Begin your day with breakfast at your Saint-Louis hotel. Enjoy local dishes and fresh fruits to start your day on a flavorful note.

Typically, the journey by car takes around 3 to 4 hours from St Louis to Lake Retba, also known as Lac Rose or Pink Lake. Arrive at Lake Retba and check in at a hotel or accommodation near the lake.

Spend the late morning at Lake Retba. Take a boat tour to appreciate the pink hues caused by the Dunaliella salina algae.  Travelers will also explore the salt marshes around the lake and witness the traditional salt harvesting process. Learn about the labor-intensive work of extracting salt from the lake. You may also have the opportunity to interact with the local salt harvesters.

Travelers can relax at the nearby beach and enjoy the serene surroundings of Lake Retba. Explore the surrounding dunes. You can take a guided tour or walk around to appreciate the unique landscape, and capture panoramic views of the Pink Lake from the dunes.

Take a visit to the nearby Retba Village. Engage with the local community, learn about their way of life, and perhaps purchase some handmade crafts as souvenirs. Head back to the hotel for dinner. Enjoy traditional Senegalese dishes and reflect on your day at the Pink Lake.

Day 7 Departure Day
Day 7 Departure Day

Start your day by packing your belongings and checking out of your accommodation. Make sure you haven't left anything behind.

If your departure is later in the day and you have a few hours before you need to head to the airport, you can visit the local markets or shops nearby, and consider doing some last-minute souvenir shopping, picking up gifts for friends and family, before finally heading to the airport.

  • Arrival and departure support and guidance
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel for both arrival