Nature tour - Trek & Mountain Bike

“BUSH AND SINE-SALOUM”

Trek Tour - 8 days trekking


Campement in desert The inexorable advance of the desert makes itself felt in the northern regions. Residents Fulani, Wolof and Toucouleur had to adapt to this irreversible phenomenon. The dune landscape leaves from time to time the possibility of a nature take its course and that's a huge job that the man was able to revitalize the Ferlo fossil valley where the water flows now. Life reborn, herds of zebu can drink and they are unforgettable encounters that we live in these regions out of time.

Then form savannah to Saloum islands, it's a multitude of villages where the welcome meetings and exchanges are only the richest.
The two bivouacs in the heart of the bush African augur of exceptional evenings. It's in the dugout that we will move from island to island, to contemplate this wilderness world heritage unesco paradise for birds.


Circuit brousse et SaloumThis 8 days "TREK" tour, is the fusion of the tours:
- "Bush, desert & personals"
- "Savannah and saloum islands"

 

Day 1 : Mbour, Petite Côte – Ferlo (walking : 1h30 - 4x4 : 160km/3h30)

Rise north-east where ochre tracks emerges in many small huts villages.
Arrival in the Ferlo, a vast territory of the nomadic Fulani, walking at the crossroads of the great herds of Zebu cattle grazing.
Passage in Fulani concessions to attend the milking of animals.
Overnight lodging in the heart of the savannah.
 

Day 2 : Valley of the Ferlo (walking : 3h - 4x4 : 70km/2h)

Rise north to the Ferlo Valley where persistent water is a contrast with the surrounding desert landscape. Meet the Fulani and Toucouleur ethnic living with their family and moving at the whim of grazing areas.
Bivouac and African vigil around the fire at the end of the world.
 

Day 3 : Desert Region Lompoul (walking : 2h30 - 4x4 : 100km/2h)

Morning stroll along the valley where all herds come to drink.
Then 4x4 drive to the west where the terrain changes with the advancing desert.
Meeting in the area with farmers who use the hollows of the dunes to collect what little water they need to survive.
Check on the great dunes of the desert of Lompoul.
Ride at sunset on the great sand dunes with camels.
Overnight in Mauritanian tents at the heart of the desert.
 

Day 4 : Lompoul – Petite Côte (walking : 2h30 - 4X4 : 170km/2h30)

Walk to reach a small fishing port where fishing boats colorful report.
Meeting with fishermen.
After a picnic on the endless beaches, trails and road for the return on the small side.
 

Day 5 : Bush – Simal (walking : 12km - 4x4 : 50km/1h)

4X4 transfer to reach the region of Saloum.
Then walk through many villages where the Serer, predominant ethnic group, have preserved a culture and a lifestyle far removed from the modern world.
Visits and meetings throughout the ride. Night in a cottage beside the lagoon.
 

Day 6 : Saloum Islands (walking : 15km - canoe : 1h)

Crossing by boat to reach the island of Mar, one of the largest in the Saloum.
Meeting with Niominkas people from the islands, well-preserved traditions. This ethnic group because of its insularity, lives a very strong social cohesion.
Bivouac on the edge of the river.
 

Day 7 : Forest Palmarin (walking : 12km - canoe : ½h)

Crossing by boat to reach the primary forest of Palmarin, rich in biodiversity.
Meeting local people who live from agriculture and the collect of salt.
Trail to Palmarin. Meeting women pickers of oyster shells and seashells keeping welcoming smiles despite the difficulties of their tasks.
Overnight at cottage situated on the seafront on the peninsula Sangomar.
 

Day 8 : Palmarin – Petite Côte (Mbour) (walking : 10km - 4X4 : ½h + 1h)

Slight rise in 4x4 through bodies of water and sand, place of living for hundreds of birds.
Then walk north to meet the Fulani herders and craftsmen of Samba Dia.Head to Nguéniéne tracks where the reception of all the villagers will leave you a deep memory. 4X4 tracks for the Petite Cote.

 

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

Notes : Everything is included even the mineral water during the day and meals.
During picnics and bivouacs, all drinks are included.
In case of tiredness, possibility of being conveyed by the 4x4 or canoe.


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 group will be from 4 to 16 people to safeguard the well being of each and keep a human scale and during visits to villages in the bush.
Except for participants in a private circuit.

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.

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, the links are 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) Open and sheeted to be used.
All means of transport are current with their insurance in addition to a RC business.
The circuit can be privatized to the application from 6 people.
2 to 5 people little extra.
Motorized canoes are large (15 m). No risk of seasickness on the lagoons.
 


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)

- 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

- 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

- 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

- Bivouac
The bivouacs are always next to the villages to encourage meetings and exchanges.
After the customary greetings, the men help us put the camp while the women are busy to find water for us.
Igloo tents are 3 places for couples and 2 places for single travellers.
All tents have mosquito nets and all beddings are provided with: self inflatable mattress, African fabrics linens, pillows and blankets.
Showers and toilets are installed in consequence of in the number of people
 


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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