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“BASSARI AND BEDIK COUNTRY”

Trek Circuit - 8 Days of trekking


Pays BassariIn the extreme South-Eastern Senegal, protected by the Niokolo-Koba Park, Bassari and Bédik ethnic group live cut off from all modern civilization.
From the masks dance festivals, to animism, or even Catholicism they adapted to their traditions, everything is different from the rest of Senegal.
Their efforts to preserve their culture dates from centuries back when they hid in the mountains to escape the colonization and Islamization and since they have adapted to this so special lifestyle.
To reach these villages, no tracks, no roads, only lanes accessible by foot.
Trek en Bedik et BassariThe surprise when you discover these ethnic groups is the quality of the welcoming moreover the exchanges are curiously facilitated by the use of French.
Transportation to reach this region will be by bus and on-site walk.
It is necessary to have a good physical condition because the land is rocky and the temperatures quite hot some days. Provide Camelbags.
 

Day 1 : Airport – Mbour (Vehicule : 90km/2h30)

Transfer on the small side Mbour)
(Kaolack if earlier aircraft arriving).
Overnight in a cottage.
 

Day 2 : Mbour – Wassadou (Vehicule : 460km/6h)

Day to cross the Senegal, where a few stops encourage meetings with Mandingo or Serer. Arrive late afternoon at the cottage of Wasadou riverside, installation.
Afternoon walk in the forest with howling monkeys.
 

Day 3 et 4 : Kedougou – Salemata – Ethiolo (walking : 3h + 5h - Bus : 230km/3h30)

Ochre laterite track to skirt the high-cons in the Fouta Djallon. The savannah scrolls to reach the heart of Bassari Country.
Walk through the valleys to join Ethiolo.
Home at Balingo cottage.
The Bassari are an ethnic group whose lifestyle is totally different from the rest of Africa: parenting, marriage, ceremony, ancestor worship, social organization.
And you’ll need at least two days to explore in depth this ethnic group through walks from village to village nestled in the hills. When we arrived, it is always a surprise for the villagers, which quickly turns into a very warm welcome!
 

Day 5 : Namel – Ndebou (walking : 4h30 - Bus : 40km/1h)

Transfer of a few tens of kilometres to reach the Bédik region.
Wandering through several villages where no 4x4 has accesses because these villages are either top of hills or in valleys with no access road.
Back to Ndébou and overnight lodging.
 

Day 6 : Country bedik – Mako (walking : 3h - Bus : 80km/2h)

Then track to join Kédougou through Mako’s riverside.
Installing in the cottage on the water.
Walk in the afternoon along the river to watch the hippos bathing and later find the miners search "the" golden nugget that will change their lives!
 

Day 7 : Mako – Saloum Region (Bus : 600km/7h)

Starting very early to cross the Niokolo-Koba Park where monkeys, deer and Warthogs then become spectators, we look to pass as "strange animals."
Drive to the Saloum region composed of mangroves and lagoons, a paradise for sea birds
Overnight at the lodge at the water's edge.
 

Day 8 : Saloum – Dakar (Bus : 180km/3h30)

 If flight times permits, boat ride in the backwaters where fauna and flora are completely preserved.
Ascending Mbour and visit the Bandia Wildlife Reserve 4X4 (giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, rhinos, zebras ...)
Then drive to the airport.

 

Price list

Nb of persons Price in € Price in Fcfa
6 et + 610 400 000
5 814 534 000
4 948 622 000
3 1 113 730 000
2 1 500 984 000

Note : Everything is included even the mineral water during the day.
Pour les pique-nique toutes les boissons sont inclues.
Possibilite en cas de fatigue de sauter une etape dans le bus.


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
Depending on the number of participants, the groups will be divided into small units of 4 to 16 people to safeguard the well being of each and keep a human scale while visiting villages in the bush.
Possibility of private circuit to the request from 6 people on. From 2 to 5 people, provided a supplement.

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.

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
Transportation is aboard 4X4 trucks specially designed for circuits with baggage, coolers for drinks and a water reserve with 2 showers.
From 2 to 7 participants, there are discovered 4x4 (pick up) but sheeted in the sun to be used.
Possibility of a private circuit from 6 people with no extra charge.
To discover the islands of Saloum, we 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)

- 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

- "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

- Ndebou Cottage
Very simple Fulanmud huts in a small village.
Common sanitary.

- Mako Cottage
Straw huts along the river with their own health.
Cottage kept by the villagers, whose profits are devoted to various social projects.

- 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
 


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.

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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