Circuits nature - Trek & VTT

“IN THE HEART OF THE BASSARI AND BEDIK COUNTRY”

Circuit VTT - 8 days


Pays BassariIn the extreme southeast of Senegal, far from any modern, Bédik and Bassari ethnicities have preserved a unique way of life in Africa.
Fleeing slavery, colonization and Islamization, they hid in the mountains of Fouta Djallon and thus saved their secular traditions.
The only means of transport used in the region is the bike. By adapting to the people it is the best approach to take advantage of true and sincere meetings.
Bivouacs on the outskirts of small villages outside of time suggest an unforgettable evening as meeting their sincerity.

Pays Bassari et Bedik en VTTBecause of the topography of the region, it is necessary to have a good physical condition, knowing that it is possible to skip a stage thanks to the 4x4 support.
This circuit is only possible from November to June
 

Day 1 : Dakar –Mbour (90km/2h)

Transfer to the “Petite Côte” (or Kaolack if the arrival of the aircraft is in early morning).
 

Day 2 : Mbour – Mako or Wassadou (depending on the flight time) (480km/7h)

Drive East to cross the Savannah in Senegal.
Relaxation Stop in some bush villages.
Arrival in the afternoon at the Wassadou village
Bike ride in the forest to reach the cottage of Wassadou riverside
Installation lodging and evening by the river near a large cheese "'dorm baboons'
 

Day 3 : Wassadou – Mako – Bedik (velo = 25km)

Cycling along the river to see the hippos.
Discovery of the first villages and meeting with residents in a wild and blank landscape. After the Fulani villages, meeting with the Bédik village.
Overnight in camp.
 

Day 4 : Bedik Region (bike = 25km)

Small trails winding through the valleys, down South to sink in regions where only the bike can pass. Encounters where amazingly French is used, allows a direct and permanent contact with local populations.
Bivouac near a village.
 

Day 5 : Ndebou – Bandafassi – Malinke (4X4 = 50km/1h30 - bike = 25km)

Downhill biking with small slopes to a recently established hospital to help these destitute people in medical care. Visit.
Take your bike on the 4x4 to reach Bandafassi.
Track Cycling easier to cross the villages and towns Bassari and Fulani, ethnic groups after his conquests of Islam, has settled in the plains.
Walk up to a Malinke village clinging to the hillside
Meeting with the other ethnic groups and camp near the village.
 

Day 6 : Malinke – Tambacounda (bike = 10km - 4X4 = 200km/3H30)

Downhill biking to the plain and take your bike to cross the Niokolo where monkeys, antelopes, warthogs become spectators of our visit!
Overnight at hotel in Tambacounda conditioning to get better!
 

Day 7 : Tambacounda – Saloum Region (4X4 =400 km/6h)

Crossing from Senegal of megalithic sites suggest much earlier civilizations.
Arrival in the region of Saloum, a vast estuary Heritage by UNESCO.
Relaxation in the late afternoon in a house beside the lagoon.
 

Day 8

Depending on flight times,
walk in the morning in a canoe to explore the mangroves, home to seabirds.
Then up to Dakar.
 

Price list

Nb of persons Price in € Price in Fcfa
6 et + 645 429 000
5 756 496 000
4 825 541 000
3 966 634 000
2 1 160 761 000

Notes
Everything is included even the mineral water during the day and meals.
During the bivouacs and picnics, all drinks are included.
If difficulty for a participant to the bivouac of the 2nd day, possibility to sleep in bed (no extra charge).


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.

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)

- 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
 


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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