Circuit 4x4

“I WENT TO CASAMANCE”

4x4 8 days tour with driver and guide


Casamance is a region of diversity. The generous nature makes them succeed in harmony landscapes of savanna, dense tropical forests, mangroves buried in the lagoons, rice fields encircled by palm trees and pristine beaches shaded by coconut groves.
In the fullness of that first and pure beauty, different ethnic groups (Diola, Mandingo, Mankagnes), live in symbiosis with nature in villages with unique architecture in Africa: impluviumed colonnaded or floored huts.
Animism present everywhere, makes all their dances, rhythms and rituals, altars and temples dedicated to the formers in the shadow of the sacred groves where the smooth wise verb and traditions are taught under milenium cheese trees.
Tough, you'll enjoy the best of this circuit where every moment emotion is shared with the people.
Itineraire sur la carte du Senegal From Dakar is also a pleasure to discover the Saloum Islands World Heritage list of UNESCO, selected as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Day 1 : Airport – Rose Lake (45km/1h)

Reception and assistance at the airport and transfer by bus to the lake rose to camp Chez Salim a few miles from the airport or the like.
Night.
 

Day 2 : Dakar-Saloum Islands (160km/3h30)

Fleuve SaloumAfter breakfast, briefing by your guide on the course of your stay.
Around the lake on the last track 4X4's Paris Dakar to admire the salt gatherers.
Then, route and tracks to the Saloum Islands, a vast expanse of sea water interspersed with islands and mangrove forests. Lunch at the water's edge.
By late afternoon, boat ride into the mangrove to the discovery of many birds (pelicans, herons, kingfishers etc..).
Back at Sunset on mangroves.
Dinner and overnight in cottage beside the lagoon.
 

Day 3 : Saloum Islands – Ziguinchor (380km/6h)

Cathedrale Saint-Antoine de Padoue de ZiguinchorEarly morning and down to the border in 4X4 Gambia.
The colonial past Anglophone Gambia reveals a completely different lifestyle through the villages encountered throughout the voyage.
As one goes south, the more dense vegetation and architecture changes.
Picnic en route, customs and continuation to the Casamance.
Arrival late afternoon in Ziguinchor. Accommodation at the hotel Kadiandoumagne close to the Casamance river. Relax and enjoy the pool. (Or similar)
Dinner and overnight in a comfortable room.
 

Day 4 : Ziguinchor – Cap Skirring (70km/1h30)

Plage du Cap SkirringCrossing beautiful landscapes made of palm trees and rivers down to the river mouth.
Stop depending on meetings with women who are active in rice fields or the men who harvest palm wine.
Arrival at Cape Skirring in midmorning. Accommodation at the hotel and lunch.
In the afternoon, swimming and relaxing on the wide beaches shaded by coconut palms.
 

Day 5 : Cap Skirring – Karabane (45km/1h)

Piste vers le SaloumBack Oussouye and drive to Mlomp huts with floors and giant cheese trees.
Visit the village, the museum and on to Diola Elinkine with its fishing port and its many colourful canoes.
Boarding a canoe to the island of Karabane former Portuguese trading post and the first capital of the region during the colonies.
Accommodation at the hotel Carabane former governor's residence during the colonial era.
In the afternoon, swimming and hiking on miles of beach around the island.
 

Day 6 : Karabane – Ziguinchor(45km/1h30)

Maison de CasamanceRoads and trails to reach Ziguinchor through the forest of Boukitingo.
Check-in Ziguinchor for lunch.
Accommodation at the hotel and in the late afternoon tour of this former slave port of call for Portuguese in the 16th with his long, low houses with columns.
Dinner and overnight.
 

Day 7 : Ziguinchor – Saloum Islands (380km/6h)

LOdge de PalmarinStart early to go northwards. Crossing the Gambia by ferry Farafégny.
Picnic lunch en route.
Arrival in the islands of Saloum in the late afternoon.
Installation at Lodge Palmarin (or similar) on the banks of the Saloum in ventilated rooms.
Dinner and overnight.
 

Day 8 : Palmarin – Dakar (180km/3h30)

DakarMorning at leisure.
After lunch, transfer to Dakar.
Visit of the Soumbédioune craft market and transfer to the airport.
 

Price list

Nb of persons Price in €/persons Price in Fcfa/persons
6 & more 769 504 000
5 870 570 000
4 940 616 000
3 963 631 000
2 1 135 744 000

Notes : No visa to cross the Gambia for French nationals.
Everything is included even the mineral water during the day and meals.


Framing
On arrival, a team composed of a guide approved by the Ministry of Tourism and an engineer driver with extensive experience will be present to greet you.
From to 2 to 3 participants, accompanying the team will consist of a driver-guide.
Your tour leader will hold an information meeting on the progress and planning of your trip.

Group size
The groups will be of 4 to 16 people to safeguard the well being of each and keep a human scale while visiting villages in the bush.

Exchange and Money
Only the CFA franc banknotes are accepted.
Possibility of making change with your guide or in big cities where you can withdraw money in banks with your credit cards.
The balance of the circuit can be done on site by credit card, French checks or in Euros.

Climate
Sunny and dry during the day from October to July and cool evening. The nights can be chilly at night at this time especially given the range of temperatures (35 ° to 18 °). Provide a light jacket or fleece.
Sunny and humid during the rainy period of August to September. Pendant cette période, prévoir un K-Way bien que les averses soient passagères (une heure) et très localisées. Et la brousse est, à cette période, resplendissante et très animée par les activités champêtres.
La Casamance est remarquable à découvrir à cette période par les couleurs fortes et la vie renaissante grâce à la pluie.

Indicative Itinerary
The route is designed to meet your needs of sharing authentic encounters with local people in areas outside of mass tourism.
The duration of the stages and progress can be modified to vary the tracks and meetings while maintaining the sites to visit.

Transportation
To discover the island of Karabane and Saloum islands, you will travel & aboard motorized canoes.
No rolling or wave while sailing on the river or arm of the sea.
 


Lodging
Lodgings are in small structures inspired by the traditional ethnical architecture in the circuit to maintain a harmonious environment. In general, these are various forms of African huts thatched with fan and mosquito nets with private bathroom.
All boxes have a light and electrical outlets powered by a generator soundproofed to recharge your devices.
Although comfort is simple, special emphasis is placed on the quality of reception, hygiene and cleanliness.
The Lompoul desert, accommodation is in Mauritanian tents of 20 m² with private facilities located at 80m.
Most accommodations can be visited on our site: www.gites-africains.com (French)

- Rose Lake Cottage « CHEZ SALIM »
Conditioned Huts lakeside pool.
Contact : (221) 836 20 53 ou (221) 77 632 61 85
www.ausenegal.com

- Simal Cottage
Fulani nomad huts along the Saloum with fan and interior sanitary. Lighting is supplied by a soundproof generator until midnight and beyond, by kerosene lamps. To avoid risk of fire, put the lamp away from boxes. You can swim in the Saloum but be careful about the current.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57 or (221) 77 638 25 99
www.gite-africain.com/gite-simal

- Hotel Kadiandoumagne
3 star standard local charm on the banks of the Casamance River offers comfortable air conditioned rooms and swimming pool and nearby banks and shops. The site offers a breathtaking view of the river with the comings and goings of canoes.
Contact: (221) 33 938 80 00
www.hotel-kadiandoumagne.com

- Hotel Karabane
On the island of Karabane spacious and airy rooms equipped with fans and mosquito nets in the former governor's house in colonial times. Beautiful sandy beach lined with palm trees.
Contact: (221) 77 569 02 84
www.ausenegal.com

- Hotel Kacissa
On the edge of the beautiful beaches of Cape Skirring, its rooms offer comfort and quiet rest in the ocean.
Possibility to swim in the ocean or the pool.
Contact: (221) 33 993 52 58

- Palmarin Lodge
18 ventilated bungalows with sanitary and rest room inside. The lodge is located between river and ocean, can bathe in the sea (huge wild beach). Generator from dusk until midnight after lighting will be with flashlights.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57 or (221) 77 569 94 21.
www.gite-africain.com/lodge-palmarin
 


Security
All means of transport (vehicles, boats, carriages) are current with their insurance in addition to a business C.R.
Accompanying staff has a mobile phone and the signal goes everywhere.
A first aid kit is on board vehicles for first aid and a GPS to locate the vehicle if needed.
In cases of extreme emergency, setting provision of a helicopter.

Meetings and sharing
The people you meet are very sensitive to the courtesy and politeness.
Therefore ask permission from people to photograph or videotape.
Take time to meet and understand and make connections.
If you have gifts to give, give to the oldest person in the village.
During the tour you will visit villages, bush schools, bush dispensaries where pens, notebooks, chalk, clothes and medicines for children are welcome. Ask your guide.

Photos
For photos, ask permission from people to photograph or videotape them.
Wait greetings before taking photos.
Do not insist if the refusal. Opportunity to recharge your devices in hotels and catering, but for more autonomy, it is better to have 2 batteries.
In Casamance, some sites for cultural reasons can not be photographed, before asking the villagers to leave.

Luggage
Prefer flexible bags of 20 Kg max type sports bag and a small backpack for the personal belongings of the day.
Avoid hard suitcases.
You must take care of your luggage.
However if a person is unable to carry his luggage, assistance will be provided.

Clothing & Shoes
Prefer not too messy colours like beige, brown or tan.
Shorts not too short in order not to shock people.
Pants
T-shirts and light cotton shirts
Swimsuits and towels
Scarf or African scarf
Cap or hat, sunglasses
For evenings that can be quite cool from December to February, provide a jacket or fleece
Cotton socks
Light walking shoes or sneakers and flip flops

Small equipment and pharmacy
Personal first aid kit
Sunscreen and mosquito repellent (very few mosquitoes in the bush)
Toiletries
Flashlight

Health
Be up to date with vaccines and follow basic precautions in hygiene.
Provide adequate treatment for malaria.


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