Two weeks to travel Senegal from North to South, crossing the Gambia until you reach Guinea Bissau, with its traditional villages, Portuguese colonial heritage and paradisiacal beaches, finally setting sail for the Bijagos Islands Archipelago, the “West African Polynesia”.
The most iconic places in Senegal: the island of Gorèe, the Pink Lake, Saint Louis, but also desert areas, arid savannas dotted with acacias and giant baobabs and long beaches to go off-road between sand and ocean. And then the lush landscapes of Lower Casamance, with its vast river ecosystems, where vegetation becomes more and more luxuriant, up to Guinea Bissau, a land of cashews and sugar cane, Colonial towns with pastel-colored architecture, clay villages ruled by kings and queens, and forest spirits that materialize with suggestive dances and ancestral masks. Finally, the highlight of this trip: the Bijagos archipelago, 88 islands of extraordinary beauty off the coast of Bissau, a natural habitat for dolphins, turtles, saltwater hippos, and dozens of bird species.
Day 1 :
Welcome and transfer to the hotel.
Dakar/Goree Island/Pink Lake
The colonial island of Gorée and its “gateway to no return”, a memory of the slave trade.
Dugout on the salt waters of the pink lake, and on the back of a dromedary in the desert of Lompoul.
By boat in the Djoudj bird park and in a buggy along the streets of the colonial town of Saint Louis.
The impressive Touba mosque and the Kaolack fruit and vegetable market.
Crossing the Gambia to reach the verdant Casamance.
Day 7 :
The colonial island of Carabane and the meeting with the King of Oussouye in the sacred forest.
Day 8 :
Relax on the magnificent palm-fringed beach of Cap Skirring.
Day 9 :
Bissau with its decadent pastel-colored colonial buildings.
Day 10 :
Bissau/Bubaque (Bijagos Archipelago)
By boat to the Bijagos archipelago, the “West African Polynesia”.
Day 11 :
Meeting with the rare saltwater hippos.
Day 12 :
The animist rites of Soga Island and Bruce’s wild beach.
Day 13 :
The Joao Vieira Marine Park, a favorite place for the reproduction of turtles.
Day 14 :
The Bolama island, an ancient center for the ivory and peanut trade.
Day 15 :
Arrival at the destination airport.