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4x4 8 days tour with driver and guide


4X4 tour dans l'extrême Sud-Est du Senegal
In the southeast of Senegal, the hills of the Fouta Djallon emerge marked by the flow of streams and rivers that end up in the arid steppe.
This huge area completely enclosed has not been affected by colonization.
There is another Senegal where Bassari Bédik ethnic have adapted to a harsher life. Far from modernism they kept living entrenched in villages clinging to the hills and thus preserving their cultures and traditions.
It's 4x4 by big red slopes winding through the valleys, thickets of savannah and forest as we pass villages with so special traditional architecture.
The time that seems suspended in the dry season is punctuated by colourful festivals and ceremonies of masks dance initiation.
Animist and festive, it's still a legendary hospitality that the people reserve to the traveller.
South East Senegal, is also the largest game reserve from the West Africa. A Conservation area where wildlife continues to flourish freely over millions of hectares that straddles the Senegal and Guinea.
Concerning the reserve Niokolo-Koba, wild animals do not wait for us! Therefore, we have to be at the drinking point at the right time to admire a still wild nature.

Notes : Following new recognitions, we modified the circuit presented in pamphlet form to have an extra day in the Bédik Bassari région.

Woman selling vegetables

Itineraire sur la carte du Senegal

Day 1 : Airport – Petite Côte (80km/2h)

Reception and assistance at the airport.
Transfer and overnight lodging in the Petite Côte.
 

Day 2 : Mbour – Wassadou (460km/7h)

After breakfast, meeting information on the course of your stay and drive to Tambacounda.
Discover in the way of megalithic sites, which offer proofs of an ancestral life
Lunch en route and on to the park Niokolo.
Wassadou installation on the banks of the River Gambia in huts along the river.
Dinner and overnight.
 

Day 3 : Wassadou – Niokolo – Mako (140km/5h)

Very early in the morning to accommodate wildlife, trails and road through the park.
Walk in the park to discover animals (warthogs, monkeys, several varieties of gazelles, hippos, crocodiles, etc.).
Picnic on the banks of the River and on to Mako.
Arrival in Mako in the late afternoon and installation at the Badian Cottage on the banks of the Gambia to watch hippos.
In the evening, dancing and djembe with villagers.
 

Day 4 : Mako – Andiel – Dindefelo (70km/3h)

With the onset of the foothills of the mountainous Fouta Djallon is another face of Senegal that we discover.
These are Bassari Bédik villages clinging to the hillside.
Visit to villages outside of time of a troubling authenticity.
Continuation to Dindefelo beautiful waterfall at the foot of the mountain.
Night in Bed.
 

Day 5 : Dindefelo – Kedougou – Tambacounda (290km/5h)

Balade a pied dans une forêt galerie avec les hurlements des chimpanzes pour decouvrir la cascade de Dindefelo.
Retour vers Kedougou pour le dejeuner et route vers Tambacounda.
Installation au l'Oasis de Tamba en chambres climatisees et detente au bord d la piscine.
Dans l'apres midi, visite du marche de la ville, de la gare et retour a l'hôtel.
 

Day 6 : Tambacounda - Saloum Islands (400km/5h30)

Starting very early in the morning to join Kaolack, capital of peanuts and discover the region of Sine-Saloum, a vast estuary composed of an infinity of mangrove and shelters for birds.
Relax on the lagoon in the shadow of huge cheese trees.
Canoe ride at sunset.
Overnight at the cottage of Simal.
 

Day 7 : Saloum islands

Relaxation to enjoy the many activities available locally: fishing, boat ride in the mangrove among birds, horse riding etc…
 

Day 8 : Saloum - Rose Lake - Goree island (200km/4h)

Road to the Rose Lake, around the lake to assist the extraction of salt, lunch and after the lunch, visit to the island of Goree.
Dinner on the island memory and late evening transfer to the airport according to flight schedules.

Price list

Nb of persons Price in €/persons Price in Fcfa/persons
6 & more 716 469 000
5 818 536 000
4 887 581 000
3 909 596 000
2 1 082 709 000

Note : Everything is included even the mineral water during the day.


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.
Lors de la visite du parc de faune du Niokolo, un guide spécialisé accompagnera le groupe.

Group size
The group will be 6 to 16 people to safeguard the well being of each and keep a human scale while visiting villages in the bush.
During the year, the track layout may change according to our recognition while respecting sites to visit.

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.

Climat
Ensoleillé et sec pendant la journée d’octobre à mars et frais le soir. Les nuits peuvent être fraîches à cette période surtout compte tenu des amplitudes thermiques (on peut passer de 35°à 18°). Prévoir un blouson léger ou une polaire.
Temps chaud d’avril à juillet durant la journée.
Ensoleillé et humide pendant la période des pluies de juin à la mi octobre. 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
For groups of 8 to 16 participants, Transportation aboard is 4X4 trucks for specially Designated circuits with luggage, coolers for drinks and a water reserve with 2 showers...
From 2 to 7 participants, there are discovered 4x4 (pick up) sheeted goal in the sun to be used.
 


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)

- Blue Africa
Small boutique hotel on the seafront with a beautiful sandy beach lined with coconut. Cases conditioned feet in the water.
Contact : www.ausenegal.com

- 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

- Eco Camp Badian
Bamboo huts with mosquito netting above the beds next to the pond with hippos.
All rooms have toilets and showers.
The revenue generated by the house funds development programs for villagers (boreholes, schools, etc..)

- 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

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

- 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

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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