7 days 6 nights
Day 1 transfer to the hotel. At the gîte chez Salim
Day 2 Pink Lake – Lompoul Desert
After breakfast, depart to explore the lake. Its characteristic pink colour caused by bacteria, which produce a red pigment to absorb sunlight giving the lake its colour. With its 380g of salt per litre. We will take a 4X4 ride on the track of the Paris-Dakar rally to discover a beautiful ocean and village. After lunch we will continue towards the Lompoul desert, dunes that can reach a height of 40 to 50 m. The fine sand which gives ochre or even red tones.
Day 3: Secret of Senegal: Lompoul – Oceane and Savannah
In the morning, we will take a camel ride at the client’s expense. After lunch we will go towards the ocean and the Savannah. Nestled between the dunes and filaos, with a magnificent view of the Langue de Barbarie and the ocean… It is an incredible site for bird watching on the Senegal River estuary. Afternoon free. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 Secret of Senegal: Ocean and Savannah – Saint Louis
We will have a free morning. Then departure for Saint Louis, the former capital of Senegal: we will have lunch in a Senegalese restaurant to discover the country’s gastronomy. After lunch, we will take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historical city: You will discover the Faidherbe square, historical buildings dating back to the colonial period, the fishermen’s quarter Guet Ndar, one of the most populated in West Africa. Dinner and overnight stay on the island at the hotel. “Saint-Louis-du-Sénégal is one of the largest cities in Senegal and historically one of the most important, as evidenced by its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The town still has many houses, typical of the colonial period, with their lime facades, double tiled roofs, wooden balconies and wrought iron railings.
Day 4 Secret of Senegal: Saint Louis – Saloum Islands
In the morning after breakfast, departure for the visit of the mosque of Touba, considered one of the most beautiful religious monuments in West Africa. Seat of the Muslim Brotherhood of Mourides, it commemorates every year the departure into exile of its founder, Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba, known as Serigne Touba. Pick nick lunch or on the way. Arrival in the Saloum islands, dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.
Day 5 Secret of Senegal: Saloum Islands
In the morning, after breakfast, we will take a pirogue ride on the Saloum river. Lunch in Simal: We will discover this green haven by way of marked trails: thanks to a small water table, this place has preserved its virginity… Abundant vegetation which shelters all the birds. A concert of songs welcomes us at the Ecolodge of Simal. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Islands of Saloum-Joal Fadiouth-Saly
After breakfast we will leave to discover Joal Fadiouth. A charming little wooden bridge which passes over the ocean connecting the two villages, the artificial island made of shells, we will visit the island, where Muslims and Catholics live in perfect harmony sharing a common cemetery which is exemplary in the world. After the visit we will have lunch 1 hour from Joal at Rasta between the Somone lagoon and the ocean.
This classified site, a nature reserve, is frequented all year round by birds that come to nest between mangrove forests and sandbanks. After lunch, direction to Saly for a stay according to your budget.
Day 7 Secret du Senegal: Stay in Saly on half board.
Saly, is a seaside resort located on the Petite-Côte
Day 8 Secret du Senegal: Evening transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.
Arrive and transfer to the hotel at the lake rose for the night
departure after breakfast then ride in quad or 4x4 around the lake on the last traces of the rally - Paris-Dakar, For biologists, Lake Retba enters the category of extreme environments because of its high concentration of salt (from 80 g to 300 g / l of salt per liter). As a comparison, this salt concentration of seawater is of the order of 32 g / l .then visit a traditional village and return for lunch. Continuation on Saint louis. Dinner and overnight.
Departure after breakfast direction to the Djoudj National Park here is a small natural paradise for thousands of migratory birds resting after the long crossing of the Sahara. For this winged and flying people, the Djoudj, a warm and aquatic universe, represents the first accessible water point after the arid vastness of the desert. Created in 1971, it is the third bird sanctuary in the world: some 3 million migratory birds distributed in more than 350 species. Lunch in the par and return on saint louis in DP
Departure after breakfast for the carriage ride in the historic city, the district of the fishermen Guet Ndar one of the most populated of Africa. Then visit Saint Louis, Former capital of West Africa, Saint-Louis of Senegal has an exceptional past, built by the French in West Africa, the History of Saint-Louis merges with that of colonization. The architectural and cultural heritage is such that Saint-Louis of Senegal was classified in the year 2000 as World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Its famous Faidherbe bridge connecting it to the mainland dates back to 1865. It is the initiative of Governor Louis Faidherbe, an engineering officer graduated from Polytechnique. Lunch in Saint Louis. Continuation on Saly diner and overnight
Departure after breakfast to visit the Bandia Reserve. Constituting a small jewel of ecological success by the surprising regeneration of its flora and the reintroduction of large mammals of Africa, disappeared sometimes for centuries.
Its 3.500 ha of large antelopes, with gazelles in a grandiose environment of giant baobabs, thorny bushes and capricious lianas. Rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, an unforgettable safari. Lunch at the lagoon of Somone or poponguine and continuation of stay in the island of Goree. DP
BB out according to the schedules of the plane and the boat. Dinner at Louthia restaurant typically African before departure