Culture, nature and history are the theme of this getaway to Senegal. The main highlights of this area are the Isle of Goree, the museums and markets of Dakar and the unusual Lac Rose (Pink Lake). On the Isle of Goree you will learn about the turbulent past as you walk through the Maison des esclaves (house of slaves). You'll speak to salt harvesters at the Pink Lake and learn about the techniques of extracting salt. You'll also explore the streets and markets of Dakar with your local guide. This 3 day extension is designed so that you can combine this trip with our other tours in West Africa.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.
Hotel Terroubi is set in a bay offering stunning views of the Atlantic ocean, 10 minutes away from the international Airport and 5 minutes away from the town center, this new jewel of Dakar hospitality welcomes both leisure and business customers.
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 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.
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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