(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 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 the Great Mosque, stop at the president’s palace and the parliament house. You will stop at Cheick Anta Diop University to 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. You will also visit 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.
Enjoy todays visit to Lake Retba, also known as the “Pink Lake” located northeast of Dakar. This lake is considered an anomaly as it boasts one of the rarest natural phenomenon in the world. The lakes pinkish hue is as a result of the excessive amount of Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment used to absorb light, which in turn than provides the algae with life-energy. The pink color is particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its abundantly high salt content. Today you will meet the “salt harvesters” with their colorful tackle, and interact with the Fulani ethnic groups living in the surrounding villages. You will then have lunch in a typical restaurant and after proceed to the fishermen village of Cayar where you will attend the colorful arrival of the big game fishing parties.
Enjoy your private transfer from Dakar to the Fatick Region.
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 Fatick Region and head back to Dakar.
November 08, 2012
"I am a world traveller and this was one of my Top 3 vacations ever! Kensington Tours did a great job with EVERY little detail, from the planning to being met and catered to every step of the way. Our favorite lodges were Tau Pan in the Kalahari, Botswana & Moon Mountain in Sossusvlei, Namibia. We especially loved the Batswana people and all the animals we saw at Camp Moremi on the Okavanga River. The highlight of our trip was actually our stay in Swakopmund when we stayed on the South Atlantic & went for an exciting boat ride to see all the sealife up close and personal (like a seal coming onboard the boat!), a rollar coaster dune ride in a 4 X 4!! the balloon ride over the red sand dunes over Namibia and several champagne brunches in the middle of the desert. Also, will never forget all the sundowmer game drives which ended with our favorite cocktail, watching the sunset with wildlife close at hand!
Unforgettable. Thanks Ivona for planning it all!"
October 26, 2012
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Re: Steven Weru Kinyua, Kenya tour guide
We recently returned from a wonderful 8 day tour of Kenya with Steven, he is an exceptional individual. But one example: As we returned to the Samburu lodge from our first game drive, Steven pointed out a young, sick-looking lion in the shade of a tree. We observed it momentarily and soon returned to the lodge for dinner.
The next day Steven mentioned he had reported the weak young lion to the local Samburu ranger. Steven explained that due to the arrival of a new alpha male in his pride the young lion had likely been chased out before he was able to hunt for himself. He further explained that the young lion would be welcome back in a week or two, if he were alive. I pursued the full story w/Steven. The ranger Steven had reported the weak lion to had been unresponsive, indicating he would do nothing. Steven, unsatisfied w/that response told the ranger to report it to the Head Park Ranger, or he would. The Head Ranger agreed with Steven's analysis of the situation; bought 10 kilos of meat for the young lion; and directed his staff to feed it appropriately.
Steven understood the workings of that lion pride, and has an exceptional knowledge of all the wild animals of Kenya. Furthermore he has a passion for their well-being. He would not accept a lazy, disinterested response from the local ranger. During our trip in Kenya I had occasion to speak to groups of secondary school students. I related Steven's actions as an excellent example of a Kenyan's knowledge, passion and commitment.
One day Steven pointed out a cheetah. We saw the cheetah w/a young impala in its mouth. After the cheetah had choked the young impala, Steven explained the mother cheetah was calling her cubs --it was thrilling to see the 3 cubs come tearing across the plain creating a mini-dust storm in their wake. The mother gave the kill to her cubs. Steven explained they had to learn to open it up. Shortly she sent them off the kill, twenty paces or so, then froze, looking westerly. A lion, smelling the kill Steven explained, was moving off to the north about a 1000 yards away. Intent on the lion the mother cheetah remained frozen in place (as we're the cubs, mimicking their mother). After the lion passed the mother called the cubs back to the kill. Not 15 minutes later the lion came back, followed by yapping jackels, this time moving off to the east of the cheetahs. As soon as the lion appeared, the mother cheetah repeated her previous actions, sending off the cubs and freezing over the kill, intently watching the lion. Steven explained that the jackels were distracting the lion from the kill, knowing if the lion found the kill, nothing would be left for them. Again the lion passed off to the southeast, never able to find the cheetah kill.
This summary highlights events that played out over a 90 minute period. In that time several tourist rovers and vans came, took pictures of the cheetahs, and left. None of those tourists had a complete explanation of the scene that was playing out before us. Game-viewing w/Steven is a rich experience, a clear cut above the average.
In our time w/Steven we had lengthy conversations about the pluses and minuses of grass-burning, the challenges of maintaining wildlife corridors, park encroachment by locals, roadway underpasses for big game, etc. in addition we discussed ukabila and other political challenges facing Kenya. Steven Kinyua is an exceptional Kenyan guide. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and made our Kenya safari a wonderful learning experience we will cherish for years.
Mark Masterson, Ed.D."
Irene Saurwein ,
April 21, 2014
"I thought that both Raymond and Mike were outstanding guides. Our trip was wonderful. The only point I want to make that the food at the Farm House was not very good. Pretty disappointed. Our stay at the Serena in both locations was great. Overall great trip that we will never forget."
Francis Quinn ,
April 21, 2014
"The Mbugani Camps were nice but the beer was warm and they don't have ice. The owner was a great guy. Enjoyed Mara West. The staff and food were great. The second evening the loud mouth owner conducted a business meeting on the front porch disrupting a peaceful cocktail hour. It was totally inappropriate since he was very loud and discussed his business dealings with Kensington with others. They also need an ice machine. They ran out every night. Albert is probably the best guide I have ever had. Very knowlegeable. Mike was great too. Fabulous trip. You guys did a great job. We had a wonderful time."
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"Our party of 4 believe that we were given incorrect information regarding the type of suitcase that we should purchase for this trip. We were advised to buy a suitcase that was soft sided and no wheels. We arrived in Africa to see many others going on Safari with suitcases that had wheels. It was difficult for us to manouever our bags. I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. We learned a great deal from Wasari . Our tour guide in the Mara was just ok . It would have been great to have the tour guide that we had in Serengeti for the complete trip. We understood that he could have crossed over from Tanzania into Kenya to get us . There was one flight within the country that we felt we may have been better off driving. We all believed that our Sales consultant could have spent more time with us on the phone going over the itinerary and guiding us through some of the decisions that we were making. For example Lake Manyara was not really necessary and perhaps we could have used that extra day in Zanzibar . These are some of the decisions that we felt our consultant could have assisted us with . We all agree that Kensington has first class staff working for them in Africa. All the camps that we stayed at were absolutely beautiful except perhaps for the one in Lake Manyara. All in all it was a spectacular trip!"
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. The only negative during our entire trip was the routing of the airline flights. Was there no way to avoid the flight from Rio to Manaus and then Manaus to Rio for our flight home. We seem to have travelled 2000 miles to the same starting location. Next time I would appreciate a more thorough exploration of all possible routes that would be more expedient and less strenuous for the travelers. I realize that there are limitations but I rely on Kensington to assist me in making the best decision for my wife and me."
Michael Melvin Marsh ,
April 21, 2014
"The trip was very special and i credit Sunita Singh for helping to make it such. We worked on the itinerary for three months and she was very helpful, knowledgeable and present."
Lucy Gilkes ,
April 21, 2014
"The whole trip was wonderful but the guides were what made it for us. They were knowledgeable and thoughtful a pleasure to spend time with."
Janine Chey ,
April 21, 2014
"Our trip to Masai Mara via Kensington ran very smoothly. We stayed at the Mara West Lodge. Beautiful location atop a ridge overlooking the Masai Mara plains. Our luxury tents were quite comfortable and the staff/service at the lodge were great. Meals were very nice especially the daily soups. Our guide, Steve, was also great...so knowledgeable and eager to show us many interesting things. He planned our daily game drives and took us on a nature hike one afternoon. He clearly knows and understands this ecosystem. He has an amazing eye, finding animals in fields of tall grasses. Our entire family had an amazing time, trip of a lifetime...would love to go back!"
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