A trip to Casamance is a visit to an enchanting region: a majestic place with towering forest trees, and a mysterious region with animist traditions and rites. Once you land on the Ziguinchor Port, you can go on foot, on a mountain bike, in a kayak or canoe to visit the villages nestled far beyond the rice fields and orchards, or located by the sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. And for those who love solidarity tourism and eco-tourism, going to Casamance is an occasion to spend the holidays learning and sharing in many ways.
Along the river, Ziguinchor exudes a nonchalant ambience and visitors give in quickly to its slow pace of life. Ziguinchor was founded by the Portuguese in 1645 and became a very prosperous trading center. The signs of this glorious past can be seen in Escale neighborhood with its colonial houses. But Ziguinchor’s true African side is at the big market, called Saint-Maur des Fossés, with its strong mixture of vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon fragrances and its stalls full of fish and tropical fruits like papaya, mango, pineapple and guava.
*Diembering Eco park
This natural reserve will win the hearts of nature lovers and all those who want to know more about agroforestry. It has a large virgin forest belt, a flourishing mangrove area, and palm trees above and opposite the rice fields and the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can go on foot or on bikes to find out more about the local wildlife. There is an Ecolodge at the top of the hill, built from Jola traditional architecture. It has a wide water catchment area and eight rooms with a view on the ocean and forest.
Kabrousse is the hometown of Aline Sitoe Diatta, the renowned dissident. The village is a few kilometers away from Cap Skirring. Between the Guinea Bissau border and the Casamance river is a tropical paradise with over twenty kilometers of fine sand, coconut trees, rice fields and forests where visitors can enjoy the vacation of their dreams.
* Mloump village
The remarkable architecture in this village is the source of its charm. The village has two-storey buildings made of clay. The idea came from a Senegalese World War II veteran who longed to replicate the modern buildings he had seen in France.