Circuit 4x4

“THE GRAND TOUR OF SENEGAL”

4x4 15 days tour with driver and guide


The longer the circuit, the deeper you can dig into the bush for a greater authenticity. North to the extreme south-east of Senegal, is the discovery of fifteen ethnic lifestyles with individuals lifestyles owing both to their origins and the country's geography: from the freshwater lagoons of the river Senegal, the mangrove estuaries saltwater Saloum, the desert or forest, or the plains of the savannah, to the forest nestled in the mountains, there is an extraordinary array of Africa to discover.

At the heart of the bush, the contacts are more sincere and astounding in their spontaneity.
The Bassari and Bedik animist ceremonies and traditions come from immemorial time, the Fulani nomads known for their sober and sincere welcome, the Niominkas with insular lifestyle, the Southeast Fulani tattoos sublimating the beauty of women... all are ethnic groups to discover. Senegal has preserved its bush virginity far away from mass tourism.

Some lodges are more basic but no alternative to meet with ethnic groups in the depths of the savannah. And then, what excitement when you find yourself out of time in such a village where modernity and consumerism are meaningless words.
A beautiful thought at the end of those 15 days rich of culture and education.

And freedom thanks to the 4x4, facilitates security meetings where the emotion is still strong.

Palmtrees at sunset
Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : Dakar –Rose Lake (45km/1h)

Reception and assistance at the airport. Transfer to Lake Rose.
Night in a cottage by the lake.
 

Day 2 : Rose Lake – Desert Lompoul (220km/4h)

After breakfast, briefing by your guide on the conduct and organization of the circuit.
Tour of Pink Lake where pickers are busy in the background salt seizing rare colors and lots of white salt.
Ascent to the north by the tracks of palm-fringed laterite ocher to join the Niayes, gardening area in the hollow of the dunes. Lunch en route.
Then track to reach the desert Lompoul. Moor overnight in tents.
 

Day 3 : Lompoul – Saint-Louis (120km/2h30)

Visit the fishing port where colourful boats surf the waves back from fishing.
Trails and road to St. Louis, former capital of French West Africa.
Lunch on the island.
Visit the old city where the architecture is reminiscent of its colonial past.
In the afternoon tracks to reach the Bird Djoudj Park.
Overnight in hotel "Hostellerie du Djoudj" within the pac.
 

Day 4 : Djoudj Park – Ferlo (260km/5h)

Visit the Djoudj Park by canoe third bird sanctuary in the world, where thousands of birds nest in the dry season.
Meeting with the Moors, specialized in dyeing and leather goods.
Then track to join the Ferlo, a vast savannah stronghold of Fulani nomads.
Overnight lodging in Koba.
 

Day 5 : Ferlo – Tambacouda (400km/6h)

Drive East to the region of Tambacounda where you meet Fulani women of Niani so proud with their jewelry and facial tattoos.
Touba crossing with its imposing pink marble mosque, the largest West African symbol of a black moderated Islam that has adapted to the traditions of Senegal.
Arrival in Tambacounda in the late afternoon.
Overnight in hotel rooms.
 

Day 6 : Tambacounda – Wassadou (130km/4h30)

Road southeast to the Niokolo-Koba, one of the largest parks in West Africa. Most wild animals will leave little closer and it is on the lookout as we will discover, monkeys, deers, antelopes, buffaloes etc..
Overnight lodging in Wassadou in the Gambia River with the show of noisy baboons fighting over the best branches in the trees dormitories.
 

Day 7 : Wassadou – Kedougou (80km/3h30)

Crossing the park from north to south by a beautiful road that crosses often packs of curious baboons and families of warthog lackadaisical.
Arrive Kédougou for lunch. Installation at the hotel overlooking the River Gambia.
Relax poolside then walk late after-noon in the market last town before Kédougou Guinea. Overnight in hotel.
 

Day 8 : Kedougou – Dindefelou (50km/2h)

Early in the morning to face the small 4x4 trails in the mountains where Bedik live far from civilization. Uphill walk meeting the Malinke people farmers. Track towards the Guinean border, where the Fulani have settled on a river
In the afternoon walk in a forest gallery to join the Dindefelo cascade accompanied by cries of chimpanzees hidden in the vegetation. After a restorative bathing, climbing the cliff that offers a panoramic view of the plateau and the Guinean mountains in the distance.
Back at the lodge, dinner and overnight hut.
 

Day 9/10 : Dindefelou – Salemata – Ethiolo (80km/3h)

Track to reach the extreme where Bassari have kept their traditions intact. And in two days, it is rambling, as villages outside of time we will open their doors and the strangeness of their culture.
Ceremonial masks dancing, discussion, exchanges, everything is possible to live for yourself because strangely the French language is widely used by these ethnic groups at the crossroads of Mali, Guinea and Senegal.
A sublime landscape provides fairy-tale and timeless impression.
During the two days, nights lodging in Balingo colourful character Bassari keeper of traditions.
 

Day 11 : Ethiolo – Tiabedgi – Mako (120km/4h)

On the trail of Kedougou, meeting with the Fulani who after Islamization have settled on these fertile plains.
The trail runs along the foothills of the Fouta Djallon, water tank of West Africa.
Then up through the tracks on the set of Tiabedgi. Visit a Bedik village, another ethnic group that fled into the mountains to escape the Islamization.
The deeper into the mountainous terrain, the more the inaccessible villages dazzle us with their sincerity and authenticity.
Installation Mako lodging on the banks of the Gambia River. After dinner, dancing, singing and drumming during an African vigil with Manding women around the fire.
Night huts.
 

Day 12 : Mako – Tambacounda (220km/4h30)

Stroll along the river to the discovery of diggers to secular modes of gold extraction and hippos frolicking in the water.
Back by other tracks through the Manding villages. Meeting with the various artisans from the village and then crossing the Niokolo-Koba and ascend to Tambacounda, the regional capital, a place in the history of rail in the colonies.
Arriving for lunch at Tambacounda.
Installation in a hotel with air-conditioned rooms and swimming pool.
 

Day 13 : Tambacounda – Saloum (400km/6h)

Early departure for a great crossing of Senegal and return to the West region of Sine Saloum.
Vast saltwater estuary heritage site by Unesco, the region has retained its biodiversity and attracts many species of seabirds.
Overnight lodging in Simal Front lagoon.
 

Day 14 : Saloum – Palmarin (45km/1h30)

 Boat ride in the mangroves and small fish for grilling lunch. Then tracks in the afternoon through one of the largest palm groves to reach the Saloum estuary. Bathing beach on deserted and endless beaches.
Overnight at the Lodge Palmarin.
 

Day 15 : Palmarin – Goree – Aeroport (220km/4h)

 Departure to Dakar. Arriving for lunch. In the afternoon, boat trip (15 NM) to Goree Island, which by its colonial architecture of the XVII, XVIII century, takes us back to his painful past of the period of slavery. Walk in the streets then dinner and evening on the island. Transfer to the airport to your flight schedule.

Price list

Nb of persons Price in €/persons Price in Fcfa/persons
6 & more 1 255 823 000
5 1 453 953 000
4 1 586 1 040 000
3 1 630 1 069 000
2 1 963 1 287 000

Notes :
 Everything is included even the mineral water during the day. From August to October, the Djoudj Park is closed, the focus will be on the encounter with the peoples of the region and visit the Bird Park of the Langue de Barbarie (overnight on the Langue de Barbarie instead of the Djoudj). The nights are either to local architecture or small boutique hotels
There is another possible direction of the circuit while respecting sites to visit.


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.
When visiting a game reserve and bird expert guide accompanies the group.

Change et Argent
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.

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.

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
Pour les groupes de 8 à 16 participants, le transport se fait à bord de camions 4X4 (Tout terrain) spécialement aménagés pour les circuits avec des soutes à bagages, des glacières pour rafraîchir les boissons et une citerne d’eau avec 2 douchettes.For groups of 8-16 participants, transportation is on trucks 4X4 (Off Road) specially designed for circuits with baggage, coolers to cool beverages and a water tank with 2 showers.
4 to 7 participants, they are 4x4 (pick-up) discovered sheeted but because of the sun to be used.
To explore the Djoudj and the Saloum islands, will travel aboard motorized canoes. No rolling or wave while sailing on the river or arm of the sea.
All means of transport are current with their insurance in addition to a RC business.
 


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
Huts by the pink lake. Electricity supplied by a generator and therefore can recharge the cameras, phones and camcorders.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57.

- Lompoul Cottage
Mauritanian tents of 20 m² with complete bedding. Each khaïma (tent), has for environmental reasons it’s own sanitary at a hundred meters.
A generator lights the restaurant tents and can charge the devices.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57
www.gite-africain.com/gite-lompoul

Hostellerie of Djoudj : 3 star hotels (local standard) with air-conditioned rooms and swimming pool inside the bird park.
Contact : (221) 33 963 87 02
www.ausenegal.com

- Koba Cottage
Twenty African huts with private sanitary and running water in the heart of the Fulani pastoralists region. The lodge runs on a generator from dusk to midnight. Keep the oil lamps away from boxes to avoid the risk of fire, staff will provide you with a flashlight in each box.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57 or (221) 77 569 94 20.
www.gite-africain.com/gite-koba

- Wassadou Hotel
Huts with showers and toilets, overlooking the Gambia River on the edge of the park. Electricity supplied by a generator until midnight.
Contact: (221) 33 982 36 02
www.niokolo.com

- Hotel Relais de Kedougou
Hotel along the Gambia River Gambie with conditioned huts.
Swimming-pool and panoramic restaurant.

- "Chez Balingo" at Ethiolo
Very friendly lodging in huts made of Bassari laterite stones or clay with mosquito net over the bed.
Toilets and showers outside.
Meals are shared with the family that holds the heel.
Contact: (221) 33 957 00 57

- Hotel Oasis of Tambacounda or hôtel Asta-Kebe
Huts conditioned with swimming pool.
Each box has toilet and shower with hot water.
Contact: (221) 33 981 18 24
www.oasisoriental.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

- 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
To facilitate meetings and exchanges, groups are limited to 16 participants maximum per circuit, except for private groups.
The people you meet are very sensitive to the courtesy and politeness.
Take time to prepare and understand and make connections.
During the tour you will visit villages, schools, bush, bush clinics where pens, notebooks, crayons, clothes and medicines for children are welcome.
If you have gifts to give, give to the grandmothers of the villages that make a fair share for children. 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.

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
Possibility to wash your clothes in the hotel room and by the village women.
Count: 0.30 euros for a T-shirt, shirt and 0.50 euros 1 euro pants.

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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