Arrival at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Airport in Dakar.
Welcome and assistance by our representative, transfer to and night at a 4-star hotel close to the airport.
DAY 2 : DAKAR – SAINT-LOUIS • (ABOUT 240 KM/4H30) NIGHT ON BOARD
In the morning, leave for Saint Louis
Lunch before boarding to spend time in the cabins
In the afternoon, take a carriage tour of the city. The north of the island is separated from the south by Government office buildings and the Faidherbe Square. On the Island, you will visit the mayor’s office and the Courthouse (1st trial in 1875), the hospital (1827), a nice pale yellow building and an old hospital built in 1840, the famous Faidherbe bridge (500m long) shipped to St Louis in 1897 after a huge administrative error.
Dinner and night on board.
DAY 3 : SAINT-LOUIS – DIAMA – TIGUET (PARC DU DJOUDJ).NIGHT ON BOARD
You will sail on river Senegal up to the Diama dam which controls saltwater in-flows, and then cross the tide gate to visit the dam while the vessel is crossing.
Lunch on board, before continuing to sail upstream to the bird park in Djoudj, the world’s 3rd bird sanctuary that hosts 3 million birds in winter each year.
Dinner on board in the large arm of the river.
DAY 5 : RICHARD TOLL – DAGANA. NIGHT ON BOARD
Pay a visit to the "folie du Baron Roger", a French-style castle that is now closed and is surrounded by houses built the traditional way in the region.
Sail up to the mango farm on the border with Goumel village.
Have lunch the traditional way on a dish of "Tie bou dien".
Leave with the dinghy for the Wolof village of Dagana, called the "capital of Walo", and then go and visit a former trade center during the colonial period that still has the remains of an old fort and some shops, as well as the market in Dagana. It was not uncommon at the time to see the Banny or the Ponty being loaded with gum or dropping off soldiers.
Return to the boat at sunset.
DAY 6 : DAGANA – THIANGAYE. NIGHT ON BOARD
Go for a morning walk (approx. 2 km) in the forest at Goumel. You will visit a traditional Fulani village which has oblong huts built by the women.
Return to the boat and continue the trip towards the heart of the African Sahel in the Tukulor Kingdom. The beauty of the landscape and calmness of its waters are disturbed only for a few moments by the noisy children with pale yellow eyes who come to play, the women washing clothes in their multicolored outfits, and the animals that come to drink on the banks.
Lunch on board, followed by a visit to the Tukulor villages built entirely in clay on the steep banks of river Senegal since the 13th century. Return on board.
Leave at night to have barbecue for dinner on the banks of the river under hurricane lamp shades.
DAY 7 : BRAS DE THIANGAYE – PODOR. NIGHT ON BOARD
Sail towards Podor that you will see at the turn of the two biggest river loops. This river port used to be a French colonial trading post known for its Arabic gum warehouses, ivory and firewood. Today, it still has some some remnants of this glorious past, including the Fort de Port that was built by Faidherbe.
Lunch on board.
Go for a stroll in the afternoon in the quiet alleys, or take a short visit to the market.
Break for lunch by the lagoon. Free room to relax depending on the flight schedule and continue to Dakar (approx. 4h by road ).
Dinner in Dakar at the African Art Gallery before going to the airport.
DAY : TIGUET – DIAOUAR – RICHARD TOLL. NIGHT ON BOARD
Your cruise will take you along the rice fields off the town of Rosso where canoes and a ferry transport people, animals and vehicles. The arrival or departure of these vessels are moments of intense, colorful and particularly animated activity.
Lunch on board.
Arrive Richard Toll in the evening, at the "jardin de Richard". The name dates back to the colonial era when the French used it as a demonstration ground for farming methods in 1822. Tour of the city and the sugarcane factory, the main source of income in the local community.