Arrival in Dakar, the capital
Transfer from the airport to your hotel for a welcome drink and orientation.
In the morning, visit to the center of Dakar, large and vibrant African metropolis that was the cultural and intellectual capital of French - West Africa.
After lunch, we drive by minibus to the Lampoul Desert.
After breakfast, we will start the day heading for the border region with the Mauritania to discover the Djoudj National Park, a natural oasis formed by hundreds of miles of partially flooded lands. This "humid paradise" is the best habitat and nesting site of over a million of migratory and sedentary birds. After lunch at the lodge in the park, we will continue to Saint Louis, a charming old town.
The best way to visit the narrow lanes of Saint Louis will be by calash, as the locals do! After Saint Louis we will stop in a restaurant to taste some Senegalese specialties and leave to discover the arid region where the nomadic Fulani tribe watches over their herds of Zebu cows.
Rarely visited sacred town of Touba is the place to appreciate the hospitality of an African brotherhood. Touba inhabitants are followers of Mouridism. During the annual festival the town is visited by four million pilgrims. Next, we will drive to Lac Rose, also known as Lac Retba, a shallow saltwater lake surrounded by dunes. The water is ten times saltier than the ocean and due to the high concentration of minerals the lake often shimmers in pink.
Undertake a scenic driving excursion for miles on the beach between waves and sand to discover the largest fisherman village in Senegal: more than 4500 wooden pirogues come to the shore with the catch of the day! We then leave our vehicles and take a donkey chariot for a less intrusive and fun approach to the fishermen selling their catch at the local market, to the artisans carving large pirogues and to the painters decorating the boats with bright colors and with the "local saint" to guarantee a final magical blessing.
We will later rent a fun and colorful local taxi to reach Dakar and upon arrival, we visit the "Village des Arts" made up of fifty-two artist studios (ateliers). All disciplines of the visual arts are here represented (painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video, installation, etc.). The Village has a large gallery, which receives exhibitions year round. The Village is the best place to meet the finest artists and young talents of the Senegalese vibrant art scene.
After an early breakfast, depart for port of Dakar to board a ferry to Gore Island, facing Dakar. Gore was where the slaves were crammed into, waiting to be shipped to the Americas. Some restored buildings remain to bear witness of those times. Today its breezy climate, history and ancient architecture, together with nice restaurants and boutiques, make Gore a pleasant destination for local and foreign visitors.
We return Dakar port to board a linear ship that will sail in the evening to Casamance
In the early morning light, our ship will enter the estuary of the large Casamance River. The main characteristic of this expedition is the progressive and continuous change in landscapes, climates, and natural and cultural environments. On the edge of the river, we will discover the Casamance region.
Our sailing will end on an island where a motorboat will take us through a labyrinth of water and vegetation in a large forest of mangrove.
On arrival, a local "bush taxi" will wait for us for a short but intriguing experience of African colorful road transport, to reach Cap Skirring which is famous for its beaches.
We will visit adobe-fortified buildings where some large patriarchal families of the Diola people still live, an interesting example of traditional African "sculptural architecture". These large clay and wood buildings protect the inhabitants from outside attacks. These buildings are known as "impluvium houses", an African variant of the ancient roman houses.
We will be also received by the Monarch in one of the main Diola Kingdoms
After crossing the border to Guinea Bissau, we will visit to the region inhabited by Manjaco ethnical group.
We will reach tiny villages hidden in the forest to discover the sculptured wooden poles called "Pecab" that represents the spirits of their ancestors. After asking permission to the villagers, we will have the opportunity to see different generations and styles of sacred wooden sculptures.
Morning departure for a four-day speedboat sailing journey across Bijagos Archipelago to discover remote islands and isolated human groups.
The Bijagos Archipelago, located at an average of 40 miles off-shore, is the largest archipelago in Africa with 88 islands, of which only 21 are permanently inhabited. With its wild and idyllic landscapes, a unique fauna and a genuine tribal culture, the Bijagos archipelago is a "geographical jewel".
An intense speedboat sailing to reach the southern islands hidden in the remotest part of the archipelago which recently became the "Marine Park of Poilao and Joao Vieira", a protected area of an absolute purity that stretches over 495 km2.
Today, a speed-boat will take us to an island where we will spend part of the day walking through villages hidden in its forest. Alternatively, you can visit fewer villages and spend more time relaxing on the beach. Due to the archipelago remoteness, the Bijagos inhabitants have had little influence from the external world. Women still wear the saiya, a traditional skirt made of straw. Life in the village is characterized by the importance of initiations and secret ceremonies are still performed.
During the morning we will discover the largest village in the archipelago, Bubaque, the only village of the archipelago linked to the continent by a linear ship once a week. Afternoon relax at the wild beach or at the hotel swimming pool; possible walking excursion to discover the island.
Early morning departure to Bolama Island. Bolama was the former capital of the Portuguese Guinea from 1871 to 1941 before the capital was moved to Bissau. When the Portuguese left, native people come to live there. This town is now falling apart, partly invaded with tropical vegetation and although inhabited, it is plunged in the fairytale atmosphere of a ghost town.
Our navigation will end in Bissau, where our vehicles will be waiting for us for a brief city tour of this tiny, but intriguing capital.
Optionally undertake a souvenir shopping before your transfer to the Airport for check-in and departure.
Spontaneous stops based on client's interests for photography or a quick scenic gaze during the tour is allowed.
There is a possibility of witnessing a naming ceremony, join a church service or witness a funeral ceremony while tour is in session.
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