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HIKING THE LAND OF BAOBABS IN SENEGAL

Responsible tourism
7 nights / 8 days
Oct, Nov, Dic, Jan
Africa, Senegal
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Sustainable tourism in sub-Saharan Africa

Get to know Senegal in a different way

Daily hiking to get to know Senegal through cultural exchange

With this experience you will make first contact with the diversity of ethnic groups and communities in West Africa that will allow us to experience their traditions and lifestyles first-hand

We will visit and have the opportunity to carry out an intercultural exchange visiting cities such as Tujereng, Thionck Essyl, and Niomoune

Africa gives us the opportunity to enjoy the visual spectacle offered by their palm trees and rice fields, observing how they mix with the tropical vegetation of the region filled with fresh and intense colors

Highlights

  • Tourism in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Cultural exchange
  • Tropical vegetation
  • Hiking trails
  • Beaches
  • Neighborhoods and projects in development
  • Accompanying guide

With this experience you will make first contact with the diversity of ethnic groups and communities in West Africa that will allow us to experience their traditions and lifestyles first-hand.
The tropical vegetation of the country offers up a spectacle of wonderful, fresh, and intense colors.
You will have the opportunity for cultural exchange: we will be in contact with the local population and they will be the basis of this experience.

Day 1: Hometown–Banjul – Tujereng  Accommodations in Kajamor Lodge.
Day 2: Tujereng – Thionck Essyl→Accommodations in Ecolodgeabekum.
Day 3: Thionck Essyl→Accommodations in Ecolodgeabekum.
Day 4: Thionck Essyl–Niomoune→Accommodations in l’ecolodgealouga de Niomoune.
Day 5: Niomoune – Karabane–Egueye  → Camp on the island of Egueye.
Day 6: Egueye – Point Saint George – Mlomp – Oussouye →Accommodations in Camp Emanaye.
Day 7: Oussouye – Niambalang – Oussouye  → Accommodations in Camp Emanaye.
Day 8: Oussouye – Ziguinchor–Tanji – Airport (Gambia).

 

  • Airport–hotel–airport transfer
  • Adapted transport minibus (air conditioning)
  • River transport
  • Accommodations in double room with full board
  • Catalan-speaking guide who speaks the local languages (Wolof, Diola,
  • Mandinka) fluently and knows the region
  • Driver
  • Detailed activities on the itinerary and visits to organizations and projects

Optional
×Drinks
×Tips
×Gambia visa
×Travel insurance
×The visa for Gambia, once we return from Casamance. It costs approximately €68 (please check real cost before departure)

Day 1 Hometown–Banjul
Nighttime arrival to Banjul Airport (Yundum). Transfer to accommodations in the fishing village of Sanyang where the team will welcome you.

Day 2 Sanyang – Thionck Essyl
In the morning we will enjoy a real African breakfast, made with local products at a place on the beach, where we can enjoy the setting and relax. The forests of Boulouf before reaching Thionck Essyl, a Diola village. Upon arrival, we will eat in the Diatta family house, which welcomes us with a traditional meal, followed by a good Senegalese-style tea, which will introduce us to the local culture. We will spend the afternoon getting to know Thionck Essyl, a town that despite the changes maintains its customs and has decided to maintain them. We will visit the different neighborhoods and projects in the town, such as the Regional Hospital, built and equipped with material by a Catalan NGO, the market, the school…

2 hr walk to go Thionck Essyl.

Day 3 Thionck Essyl
We will spend the day walking through the forest of Tendouk, where we will discover local life among a landscape of rice paddies and communal gardens, until you reach the village of Dianki where we will be waiting to enjoy a traditional meal. We then drive back to Thionck Essyl, enjoying a beautiful tour of the banks of the river. Once we arrive at camp, we will take a trip to discover some of the most special places in Thionck Essyl, a traditional bridge and a dip and a very special sunset.
11 km (3 hr) hike through Tendouk Forest to the village of Dianki. An interesting route where we will identify the traditional architecture and way of life of this region of West Africa. The return trip to Thionck Essyl will be by car (walking optional).

2 hr trip from the camp to the traditional bridge (mangrove trip) possibility of swimming.

Day 4 Thionck Essyl –Niomoune
Once we have breakfast, we will begin a boat trip along a tributary of the Casamance River, an area with f mangroves, identifying the region’s fauna and flora, to reach the island of Niomoune. A small village located in a unique place that maintains its customs. We will have lunch in the rural camp of Niomoune, an ecotourism project that follows sustainable tourism criteria, and then take a guided tour of the city. This visit will allow us to discover the Diola animist culture through its rites, fetishes, and sacred places. At the same time, we will be surprised by the remnants of the colonial era, like the Great Christian Church still in use. We will have dinner at the Niomoune camp and bask in an unforgettable sunset.

Guided tour of the village 2 hr.

Day 5 Niomoune–Karabane–Egueye
Early in the morning we will leave the boat to Karabane, leave the Boulouf region to go to the region of Lower Casamance. We will take an interesting trip along the river where we will discover an unspoiled landscape amongst mangroves and Diola animist villages on the banks of the river. We’ll arrive at the island of Karabane where we will have lunch and enjoy the tropical atmosphere, among mangoes and palm trees. Then we will go to the island of Egueye, where we wait for a local guide to take a walk to get to know this small island and its most characteristic flora and fauna. Then we will enjoy the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of the small fort on an island in the Casamance River to rest and prepare for the next day’s hike.

Egueye Island walk (2 hr)

Day 6 Egueye – Point Saint GeorgeMlomp – Oussouye

We will leave early by boat to Point Saint George and go on a walking tour through the rice fields, deagers and mangoes for small paths surrounded by mangrove forests to reach the Mlomp village famous for its remarkable architecture and two-story mud houses. Then we will visit a cooperative that works for the empowerment of women with functional diversity. We will continue our walk to Oussouye.

Point Saint George walk to Oussouye 15 km (3 ½ hr)

Day 7 Oussouye –Ediongou–Oussouye

Once we have breakfast, we will go to the Kalamisso women’s team empowerment project, a group of artisan women who work palm leaf in the traditional manner. There, the women will show us some of the decorations they make (dishes, bowls). This is a traditional technique, a true exchange marked by the hospitality of the city. After the activity, we will enjoy a traditional meal.
We will spend the afternoon walking around some of the small villages in the region, a walk among rice paddies and palm trees. This trip, with no hills, will allow us to share and enjoy nature at the pace of the Diola people, learn more about how they work with cashews, and your importance for the local economy. In the evening, we will have a small party with a special dinner to the rhythm of Diola music in the company of a group of local musicians where we will enjoy the sounds of griots in the Cassamance region.

Oussouye to Ediongou walking tour (10 km) (approximately 3 hr)

Day 8 Oussouye – Ziguinchor–Tanji– Airport (Gambia)

We will have breakfast and make our way back to Gambia. This route by road crosses the Casamance River and heads to the lands of Kiang, Gambia. The passage from the Diolas to lasysétniesman dingues and Fula, and from the tropical lands of the Casamance to the arid lands of Gambia. Once we enter Gambia we will go to Tanji, a fishing village and watch the hustle and bustle of the boats that reach the coast, see how the fish are unloaded, and how the vender prepares or dries it or smokes it to sell inland. Once we’re done, we’ll go to the accommodations, pack our bags, have dinner and say goodbye to the trip. Then we head to the airport.

 

The traveling experience and the social and cultural contact with the local people.
The participation of workshops and first-hand experience in associations, NGOs and cooperatives that work for the social improvement of the host country.
The adventure of discovering unique sites and enjoying leisure time.

Nature is generous, creative, and knowing. That’s why it’s the perfect place to disconnect, breathe fresh air, get rid of everyday anxiety, and feel at peace with yourself. Whether you like to mountain climb, bike, or hike, nature will welcome you with open arms so that you can enjoy all its benefits:
• Outdoor activity is an immediate and highly effective remedy for stress because the endorphins that your body releases when you are active are responsible for plunging you into a state of satisfaction, well-being, and absolute serenity.
• Whether you want to stay fit, gain stamina, or lose weight, outdoor activities can be your best ally. Dive into the smells and textures of the mountain and woods and let your body adapt and overcome the challenges of nature.
• Did you know that contact with nature increases a person’s sense of freedom? Put your sneakers on and get ready to take care of both your body and your mind.

Departure from the airport of your city of origin to the airport of Banjul, Yundum (BJL).Once at the destination, the guide will take you to the neighborhood of Fajara.

Senegal is not a fashionable country. It has no excessive tourism. When you decide where to visist,Africa is not the first country that comes to mind. We relate it more to the endemic problem of poverty and immigrants. The Gambia is the smallest country on the African continent and is located 400 kilometres from the heart of Senegal. Although many may think that its greatest charm is its beaches, “the coast of the smile” has a number of attractions beyond this well-known place.
Fishing villages, vast nature reserves, World Heritage Sites and the eternal smile of people who show the world how little it takes to overcome any adversity.

The reservation can be cancelled at any time before the beginning of the trip, with the following implications:
If the cancellation takes place before 30 days of the beginning of the trip -including the 30th day-, the full amount of the trip will be refunded.
If the cancellation takes place between 15 and 29 days before the beginning of the trip, 50% of the total amount of the trip will be refunded.
If the cancellation takes place 14 days before the trip, the amount of the trip will not be refunded.

HIKING THE LAND OF BAOBABS IN SENEGAL

Precio por persona

9501.555