DAY 2: TRADITIONAL VILLAGE – PETITE COTE. (Approx. 22km/30mn)
Travel to Nguerigne village; meet the villagers and learn about their daily life
Traditional lunch under mango trees.
Late afternoon visit to Mbour port to watch fishermen return in their traditional canoes. And then, continue to the Saly seaside resort.
Dinner and night at the hotel in Saly
DAY 3 : PETITE COTE – JOAL FADIOUTH – PETITE COTE. (Approx. 70km/01h30)
Leave for Joal, the birthplace of the former President and poet, Léopold Sedar Senghor. This village is peculiar with its century-old shells.
Walk to Fadiouth island, one of the most picturesque villages in Senegal, with its round straw huts, its grain barns on stilts and its shell cemetery used by Christians and Muslims, a true example of religious coexistence.
Continue by road: cross grandiose landscapes, palmyra palms and baobab forests, Sereer villages and large expanses of saline land.
Return to the Petite Côte late in the afternoon.
Dinner and night at the hotel in Saly.
DAY 4 : PETITE COTE- RESERVE DE BANDIA - LAC ROSE. (Approx. 78km/01h30)
- Off to Bandia. The location is a magnificent classified forest of baobab trees. It especially has old Sereer “pyramids”, burial chambers and a tomb for griots in the hollow of a baobab tree. The Bandia reserve is an ambitious project to reintroduce species no longer found in the Sahel.
- Safari in the country’s best animal reserve. You can watch giraffes, antelopes, hartebeest, monkeys …. in the company of an animal guide.
- Lunch at the reserve restaurant overlooking a waterhole, and then drive to Lac Rose.
- Dinner and night at a hotel by the lake.
DAY 5 : LAC ROSE-VILLAGE DES TORTUES- DESERT DE LOMPOUL. (Approx. 163km/02h40)
Tour the lake, visit a Fulani village and stop to meet with salt merchants.
Continue to the botanical forest in Noflaye.
Visit the turtle village, center for protecting the Sulcata giant tortoise.
Have a traditional dish for lunch at the tortoise village.
Drive to the Lompoul dessert via Niayes, the vegetable farming area.
Settle in a camp with Mauritanian tents.
Dinner and night at an ecolodge..
DAY 6 : LOMPOUL – RAO – LANGUE DE BARBARIE. (Approx. 160km/02h40)
Breakfast, go for a last roll in the dunes and a tour of the dunes on camel back.
Drive to the Rao region, surrounded by rice fields. Meet with the coordinator of a project aimed at halting rural to urban migration to hear about their activities: weaving and dyeing (Batik), training for farmers, training for well-diggers, making of goat cheese, etc.….
Lunch at the Rao farm, then continue to the Langue de Barbarie.
Settle in, have dinner and spend night at a Lodge opposite the Ocean.
DAY 7 : LANGUE DE BARBARIE - ST LOUIS – LANGUE DE BARBARIE. (Approx. 60km/01h)
Morning visit to the Guembeul reserve: dama gazelles and dorcas, oryx, red monkeys, warthogs.
Drive to Saint Louis for lunch at the Galaxie restaurant.
Afternoon carriage tour of the old colonial city, a UNESCO world heritage site: Faidherbe Bridge, the houses of dignitaries with old-fashioned charm, City Hall, the Cathedral, the Aéropostale Museum and the Guet Ndar fishing district with multicolor canoes.
Return in the late afternoon to enjoy the sunset.
Dinner and night at the Lodge.
DAY 8: LANGUE DE BARBARIE – DAKAR. (Approx. 260km/04h30)
Relax in the morning between the river and the ocean.
Learn hawk fishing or hook and line fishing.
Lunch at the Lodge and late afternoon return to Dakar.