A river cruise aboard the legendary Bou El Mogdad, a vintage boat restored to its former glory, which from November to May sails the waters that mark the border between Senegal and Mauritania, crossing a region rich in history, culture and natural beauty.
From the Atlantic Ocean to the gates of the Sahara, from the lively city of Saint Louis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first French settlement in West Africa, to the ancient colonial outposts of Richard Toll, Dagana and Podor. Among immense sugar cane plantations, ancient forts and sumptuous residences with decadent charm, picturesque villages and naturalistic oases that are home to hundreds of species of migratory birds. And at the end of the navigation, a ride to Lake Rosa and Gorée Island, for an experience out of time and the usual tourism circuits.
Day 1: Friday
Outbound Flight/Dakar (DSS)
Day 2: Saturday
The colonial town of Saint Louis, to be discovered with a slow ride in a buggy.
Day 3: Sunday
Cruise: Diama-Tiguet (Djoudj Park)
Start of cruise on the Bou el Mogdad and discovery of the Djoudj bird park.
Day 4: Monday
Cruise: Diaour-Richard Toll
The production of sugar cane and the “Folie” of Baron Rogera Richard Toll.
Day 5: Tuesday
Cruise: Richard Toll-Dagana
Colonial vestiges and the fort of Dagana.
Day 6: Wednesday
Discovering Peulh and Toucouleur villages, and mechoui dinner.
Day 7: Thursday
Podor, an ancient port important for the ivory, slaves and gum arabic trade.
Day 8: Friday
Podor/Saint Louis/Pink Lake
The pink lake, the mythical final stage of the Paris-Dakar rally.
Day 9: Saturday
Pink Lake/Gorée Island/Dakar
The pastel houses of Gorée and the markets of Dakar.
Day 10: Sunday
Dakar (DSS)/Return Flight