Circuits nature - Trek & VTT

“SALOUM, NATURE & ENCOUNTERS”

Circuit VTT - 8 days


VTT au SenegalBy combining, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, this trip is for those who want to find wilderness (the 4x4 being used as a minimum)
These different modes of locomotion promote encounters with people with a unique touch of sincerity is adapted to the speed of the bush.
The cottages have all been selected for their adherence to responsible tourism.
Tracks passing through the small villages of huts with preserved forests, large tracts of sandy mangrove natural bird sanctuary is an array of colours and sensations to live every moment.

Vtt au SaloumThis circuit requires no special fitness for the trips on a bike are up to 25km per day.
However, it is possible in case of fatigue, continue the tour with the group, replacing temporarily the bike by the 4X4.
 

Day 1 : Airport – Petite Côte (90km/2h30)

Reception and assistance at the airport and transfer to the Small Coast.
Night in a cottage by the sea.
 

Day 2 : Petite Côte – Island of Djiffer – Palmarin (40km 4X4/1h - 20km bike /2h)

In the morning, 4X4 trails and road to reach the region of Sine Saloum.
The estuary of the Saloum Delta is a vast area of fully protected inlets and a World Heritage Site.
Bike ride beside the lagoon, which is the favourite place of hundreds of birds (pelicans, flamingos, egrets).
Bivouac in the Palmarin protected forest. (See notes)
Dinner and overnight in tents under the stars with rumours of the bush.
 

Day 3 : Saloum Islands (15km/2h bike)

Discover the forest and mangrove by small bike trails. Visit of salt gatherers and Niominka village Islanders.
Picnic lunch on the edge of the Neolithic shell mounds.
Arriving early afternoon in Diakhanor village by the sea
Relaxation to enjoy the vast range that stretches out of sight.
Dinner and overnight at the Palmarin lodge between lagoons and the ocean (or similar).
 

Day 4 : Saloum Islands (30km/3h canoe)

Departure by motorized canoe to the islands of Saloum.
Visit a small fishing village in the heart of seasonal islands.
Meet the so special Islanders way of life.
In the afternoon, you will take a small canoe on the river arms in a huge mangrove forest to reach the shelter of Bamboung. This house belongs to the villagers and the profits are used to preserve their environment they depend on their lifestyle.
 

Day 5 : Bamboung (3h walking - 1h30 kayaking)

Day on the island to discover this paradise preserved. Walk on foot and by canoe to better appreciate the wildlife, flora and birds that these people have decided to protect in order to preserve their way of life based on fishing, gathering and farming.
Evening and overnight lodging at the Bamboung
 

Day 6 : Bamboung – Sokone (25km/3h Cycling)

Back on land to get by bike to the Mandingo and Serer villages where meetings are striking by their sincerity. Visit a school and a dispensary in the bush. Picnic en route and arrival in the village of Sokone where there are old buildings in colonial charm.
Overnight lodging in the Cayman.
 

Day 7 : Sokone – Foundiougne – Simal (25 km/3h velo – 90 km/2h 4X4)

Walking through the weekly market where Sokone peasants, artisans flock to the bush to sell or barter the fruit of their labour. Then bike back to the forest on velor Foundiougne former colonial trading post for trade in groundnut. After lunch on the banks of the Saloum River, crossed by ferry and reassembled in 4X4 Simal.
Night under the huge cheese trees in Simal (or similar).
 

Day 8 : Simal – Dakar (180 km/4h 4X4)

 Free morning with the possibility of walking on foot or ride on horseback for a final meeting.
Road in the afternoon to Dakar. Small city tour and transfer to the airport.
 

Price list

Nb of persons Price in € Price in Fcfa
6 et + 654 429 000
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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