(Dakar, Fatick Region)
A great fusion of culture followed by 6 days of sundrenched beaches of the Atlantic ocean. Pink lakes, smiling locals, tranquil beaches & this tiny sundrenched country is sure to stimulate the senses. Be immersed in the musical rhythm of this exotic land as you tour vibrant Dakar, the gorgeous wilds of Fatick & its heavenly beaches with private guide. Behold see the natural phenomenon of the Pink Lake, meet salt harvesters, visit with healers, go fishing & explore by foot, bike or 4X4. Next it's off for 6 days in a secluded paradise by the edge of the ocean with your own private bungalow with discreet staff & chef. While there, explore by foot, boat or bike. Skip the beach for a couple of hours & go hunting or hit the water with a local fisherman. Fish or hunt for your dinner & then bring back your catch to be cooked by you private gourmet chef Only a 5 hour flight from New York, this is ideal for those looking for something more exotic than the Caribbean!
Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.
The Novotel Dakar is located in the central business district, looking across to Goree Island, 5 minutes walk from the Place de l Independence and 15 km from Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport.
Visit of the various Markets of the capital city of Senegal: Kermel, Sandaga, and the handicraft market of Soumbedioune, you will also go through Tilen market famous for its medicinal herbs and its traditional healers Visit of the Great Mosque, stop at the president’s palace and the parliament house. Going to Cheick Anta Diop University you will visit the picturesque district of Medina and the residential district of Fann. Just twenty minutes from Dakar Port, the ferryboat will arrive at Goree. Goree Island carries the heavy burden of 300 years slave trading in West Africa. The island ranks today among the classified monuments of the World Patrimony. You will visit the Slave-House and will listen to a lecture delivered by the curator. Visit of the auction block, the ethnographic Museum, the fort and interact with the inhabitants.
Visit the old town of Rufisque with its small, narrow streets surrounded by two story houses with black - Smith balconies. Visit different villages and farms, meet various ethnic groups. Stop to see a herd of long horned West African cattle being tended by the semi-nomadic Peulh herdsmen. You will visit the town of Thies with its huge market rich of African fabrics and medicinal herbs. Also visit the Art Tapestries Manufactory famous all around the world. Next we will enjoy a nice meal in one of the beach restaurant in the Saly resort area. Afternoon free for swimming. While returning to Dakar, visit of other villages.
A full day trip to the area called la Petite Côte around 60 miles south of Dakar. After passing through the suburb Rufisque and small villages surrounded by Baobab forests all along the road, you will arrive at Mbour. Visit the local market, and then drive on to Joal, an old colonial spot discovered by the Portuguese during the 15th century, and still a very important center in the region and the birthplace of President Leopold Sedar Senghor. A short tour by pirogue to the island of Fadiouth, famous for its Oyster-banks and sea-shell cemetery. Lunch in a restaurant close to the beach, afternoon free swimming and sunbathing.
Visit the Pink Lake one of the rarest natural phenomenon of the world: the lake takes its pink colour from some micro-organisms and shows a high concentration of salt, as a mirror it sparkles in the middle of sand dunes. You will meet the “salt harvesters” with their colourful tackle, meet and interact with the Fulani ethnic groups leaving in the surrounding villages.
You will be met and transferred to Toubacaouta to your hotel.
Les Palétuviers Toubacouta and its luxurious sleeping huts are spread out in a beautiful baobab and flower park in the middle of a small authentic village called Toubacouta. The harmony with the local population makes you feel at home in this bush village. Enjoy the ‘teranga’, the typical Senegalese hospitality, and drink in the relaxed and highly captivating culture. Adventure and total freedom at your own pace.
While at the hotel you will be able to choose from a wide range of excursions you can do by foot, by boat, by car or even by bike. You may also be interested in fishing, bird watching and hunting in the bush. Find out what is the most interesting for you and experience Africa.
Choose from a Cultural walk in the village of Toubacouta where you'll have the chance to visit the health center, the maternity ward and the local school. You may also want to try your hand at Senagalese cooking, biking, fishing or going to the local market. Ask your travel expert about all of the various options.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Today you will leave the FatickRegion and head back to Dakar.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport is required for both US and Canadian citizens. For U.S. and Canadian citizens, a visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days. Current yellow fever vaccination is mandatory to enter Senegal and meningitis vaccination is highly recommended if the traveler is arriving from or has recently traveled to an endemic area. Travelers unable to provide proof of vaccinations may be required to pay for and receive vaccinations at the Dakar airport.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you obtain the latest information on entry requirements from the Embassy of Senegal. HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/senegal.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Dakar. Government: Republic since 1963. Gained independence from France in 1960. Language: The official language is French. There are many local languages, principally Wolof. Other languages include Pulaar, Mandinka and Diola. Religion: Around 94% Muslim, 5% Christian (mostly Roman Catholic with some Protestants) and a minority holds traditional beliefs. Time: GMT. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +221. Mobile Telephone: Mobile phone coverage is limited to the main cities and tourist areas. Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Internet: There are Internet cafes in Dakar, Saint Louis and other major towns.
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