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Senegal and The Gambia - Explore!
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13 days

Senegal and The Gambia

Start and end in Dakar
Tour Operator:
Explore!
Max group size:
16
Age range:
14 to 85
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
124851
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Start and end in Dakar! With the Discovery tour Senegal and The Gambia, you have a 13 days tour package taking you through Dakar, Senegal and 15 other destinations in Africa. Senegal and The Gambia includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Join trip in Dakar (Senegal)
  2. Day 2: Ferry to the Island of Goree; Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  3. Day 3: Visit to the Pink Lake followed by an afternoon drive to the old French Capital of West Africa; St. Louis
  4. Day 4: Djoudj bird reserve and St Louis;- Visit a charming french colonial town
  5. Day 5: Explore the Langue de Barbarie by motorised pirogue
  6. Day 6: Drive to Georgetown (Gambia) via Touba Mosque
  7. Day 7: Cruise along the Gambia River and visit an archaeological mystery, the Wassau Stone Circles
  8. Day 8: Bird and wildlife spotting as we cruise down the river; afternoon arrival at Tendaba river camp
  9. Day 9: At Tendaba; visits to Kiang West and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserves
  10. Day 10: Drive to Saloum Delta (Senegal)
  11. Day 11: Saolum Delta National Park; pirogue trip north through the Delta to Ndagane
  12. Day 12: Visit Senegal's giant Baobab tree, explore Fadiout Island and return to Dakar
  13. Day 13: Trip ends in Dakar
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  • Accommodation
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  • Meals
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  • Flights
  • Insurance
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Where You'll Stay

Hotel
8 nights
Camping
3 nights
Berth / Cabin
1 night

Customer Reviews

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    4.2
  • Guide
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    5.0
  • Transport
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    3.0
  • Accommodation
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  • Food
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  • C
    · February 24th, 2020
    Be prepared for some very basic accommodation. There is no electricity at all at one location, you go for 4 days without hot water. No internet coverage for days. The state of repair of facilities is poor e.g. broken toilet flush, lights not working.... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your feedback. The accommodation we use on this trip is mostly graded simple and electricity and hot water can be variable throughout West Africa which we explain in our trip notes. Internet in this region is not widespread so we see it as a... Show more
    Trip date: February 2020
  • L
    · January 9th, 2020
    Not to use Air Portugal if at all possible as a large number of the group had bad experiences with flights being delayed and missing connections and had luggage go missing. Be aware that 2 of the hotels used on the tour are very basic indeed.... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    Hi Lesley, Many thanks for your review and good to hear that you had a great experience. If you are flying from the UK the main airline is TAP Portuguese Airlines but there are some other airlines that do the route including Vueling, Iberia and Royal... Show more
    Trip date: December 2019
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    This is a great trip for keen birdwatchers, who were in the majority on our trip. This,my 81st Explore trip, was my first visit to West Africa. I think that it is unlikely that I'll go to this region again
    Explore! commented on this review
    Glad you had a nice trip. Thanks for your review!
    Trip date: April 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    We have had many very good (and one or two not so good) tour leaders over the years, but none better than Baba. His organisational skills were first-class, he taught us a lot about the two countries and their histories and cultures and his bird-spotting... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your feedback and review.
    Trip date: November 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Seeing all the birds was great but the countries didn't seem to have much else to offer. At least we were spared the usual day exploring the capital because Dakar is a grotty city. I wonder if national parks in the east or south of Senegal might be... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your feedback and review.
    Trip date: November 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    I really enjoyed the trip and found it really interesting and loved the variety. I don't mind accomodation issues so long as I have a little running water and a loo and clean sheets and a mossie net - that is all we need but unfortunately not everyone... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review.
    Trip date: January 2019
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  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    It was suggested we bring a fleece for cool evenings but many of us were surprised how cool it could be in the evenings. Maybe more emphasis on this might help future travellers.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review and feedback. Glad you had a nice trip.
    Trip date: January 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    It was an excellent trip and exactly how we had imagined it would be- although actually even better when seeing all the stunning scenery and the birds “in the flesh”.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your feedback and review.
    Trip date: December 2018
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  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Just again would like to emphasize the great double act that was Baba and Ussman. I have no hesitation in recommending these two to others looking at this area.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review, and praise for the guides.
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    This trip exceeded my expectations. I went to escape English January weather and came back with so many new and lovely experiences. Thank you Explore!
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review.
    Trip date: January 2019
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Senegal and The Gambia
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  • Currency
    D
    Dalasi
    Gambia
    Fr
    CFA Franc BCEAO
    Senegal
  • Plugs & Adapters

    As a traveller from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, D, M, K, G. As a traveller from England you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, D, M, K. As a traveller from South Africa you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, K, G.

    Type C
    Senegal
    Type E
    Senegal
    Type F
    Senegal
    Type D
    Senegal
    Type M
    Senegal
    Type K
    Senegal
    Type G
    Gambia
  • Vaccines
    • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    • Typhoid - Recommended for Gambia and Senegal. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Gambia and Senegal. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Cholera - Recommended for Gambia and Senegal. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Tuberculosis - Recommended for Gambia and Senegal. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Gambia and Senegal. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    • Rabies - Recommended for Gambia and Senegal. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    • Meningococcal meningitis - Recommended for Gambia and Senegal. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.
    • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Gambia and Senegal. Ideally 10 days before travel.
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    • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
    • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
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