Senegal - Gambia - Bissau - Conakry - Sierra Leone - Liberia – Mali Tour (22 days)
Day 1: Dakar
Arrive in Dakar. Welcome at the airport, and transfer to Hotel Dakar. Upon arrival at the hotel, Includes: (D).
Day 2: Dakar
Start a tour of Dakar with its main markets. Visit Kermel Market, Sandaga Market, stop at the President’s Palace and admire its red Spahi guards, stop at the Parliament House, the Cathedral and the Great Mosque. Visit the University going through the residential district of Fann showing the new Senegalese architecture style. Stop at the Millennium Door, one of the newest monuments of Dakar and go through the picturesque district of Medina. In the afternoon, take a boat ride to Goree Island where you will arrive after 20 minutes. Visit the House of Slaves where the curator will deliver a lecture on “300 years of Slave Trading in West Africa.” Visit the ethnographic museum, the Fort and the Memorial of Goree. Stop at the Governor’s Palace and take some time for shopping at the little market of Goree. Return to your hotel. In the evening, your dinner is arranged at a well-known local restaurant in Dakar. Overnight at Hotel Djoloff or a similar Includes: (B),
Day 3: Dakar/ Saint Louis
Leave Dakar for Saint Louis. On the way, you will visit Pink Lake Retba, meet the “Salt Lake harvesters” drawing salt from the lake, visit the Fulani village on the north bank of the lake. Proceed to Saint Louis, visiting some traditional Wolof villages. Arrive in Saint Louis towards the end of the day. Welcome dinner and overnight at Hotel Le Cap or a similar in Saint Louis. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Saint Louis
Leave the hotel for a tour of Saint Louis – former capital of Senegal and all French West African settlements. You will admire the charming beauty of this colonial styled city. The historic center of Saint Louis will be visited in horse-drawn carriage. Stop at the Governor’s Palace, visit the fishermen district of Guet Ndar, the district of Ndar Toute with its market, the handicraft village. At noon, proceed by motor canoe to “Langue de Barbarie” Bird Sanctuary, one of the most important ornithological sites of the world. You will admire this beautiful nature reserve between the Atlantic Ocean and the Senegal River. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Le Cap or a similar. Includes: (B),
Day 5: Saint Louis/ Kaolack
Early morning, leave Saint Louis for Kaolack. On the way, you will visit some weekly village markets gathering thousands of villagers, visit villages of various ethnic groups, visit Kaolack and its market famous for its medicinal herbs and its African fabrics. Overnight at your hotel Djoloff –In (B)
Day 6: Kaolack-Banjul: 7-10 AM
Kaolack – Alliance Franco-Senegalese, Town Hall, Cathedral, Market, Clock Tower, Grand Mosque, Saloum River: Kaolack – Toubakouta (70 km): Toubakouta – lunchtime, boat trip. Toubakouta – Karang (23 km): Senegal – Gambia border formalities: Amdallai – Barra (21 km): 3:30-3:50PM. Barra - Banjul via the ferry (5 km): Banjul city tour - Arch 22, Independence Drive, July 22 Square, Albert Market, Old Town.Check-in to Laico Atlantic Hotel: 4 Banjul - Arch 22, Independence Drive, July 22 Square, Albert Market, Old Town: 4:40-6:30 PM. Dinner in the hotel or city restaurant.
Day 7: Banjul
On board a yacht you travel to Albreda and Juffure passing Dog Island. Stop at James Island where you visit the remains of the slave stores and the governor’s house, before continuing to Albreda, a major groundnut trading place. A 15-minute walk brings you to Juffure the ancestral village of Alex Haley, the author of the best-seller “Roots”, and the home of “Kunta Kinteh’s family.” On your way lunch and drinks will be served on board. Return to Banjul in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Atlantic or a similar. Includes: (B). There are two options to visit the Juffureh village on day 6th or 7th that will depend on you and your guide.
Day 8: Banjul – Abuko (18 km): 7:15-7:45 AM.
Abuko – hamlet, nature reserve: Abuko – Jiboro (35 km): 9:45-10:20 AM. Gambia - Senegal border formalities: 10:20-11:00 AM. Seleti – Ziguinchor (96 km): 11:00 AM-12:40 PM. Ziguinchor – lunchtime, colonial architecture, Casamance River: 12:40-1:50 PM. Ziguinchor – Bissau (19 km): 1:50-2:10 PM. Senegal – Guinea-Bissau border formalities: 2:10-2:50 PM. Sao Domingos – Bissau (125 km): 2:50-4:30 PM. Azalai Hotel 24 De Setembro Check-in to: 4:30-4:40 PM.
Bissau: visit of Bissau – Avenida Amilcar Cabral, Cathedral, Bissau Velho, Fortaleza d'Amura, Pidjiguiti Monument, Square of National Heroes, canoe to the island to admire the beautiful sunset, return to Bissau. Dinner in the hotel or city restaurant.
Day 10: Bissau – Safin-Banbadinca-Saltignou-Kountabany-Kamzar 7:00-10:40 AM.
Guinea-Bissau – lunctime in Kountabany, Guinea border formalities then drive to Boke museum for your overnight at your hotel in Hotel Oceane Plus Kamzar, Picnic.
Kamzar – Conakry: Breakfast and drive to Conakry, check-in to Marietou Palace then Dinner in the hotel or city restaurant: 6.30-8 PM. Overnight at Marietou Palace in Conakry.
Day 12: Visit of Conakry
Visit of Conakry – Oppo Atelier, North Corniche, and Cathedral Sainte-Marie: Palais de Nations, South Corniche, Port de Boulbinet, National Museum, Grand Mosque. Dinner in the hotel or city restaurant: 6.30-8PM. Overnight at Marietou Palace in Conakry.
Conakry –Freetown: Conakry – Pamelap (127 km): Guinea – Sierra Leone border formalities: drive to Tagugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary do an afternoon tour back to Freetown for your overnight Dinner in the Hotel Royal Kingdom or city restaurant in Freetown.
Day 14: Freetown
State House, Tower Hill, Victoria Park, Parliament, Aberdeen, Lumley Beach: 7:00-10:00 AM. Freetown –Cotton Tree, King's Yard Gate, Government Wharf, Old Wharf Steps, St. George's Cathedral, and lunch time and enjoy the beach in the afternoon PM. Dinner in the hotel or city restaurant: Hotel Royal Kingdom or city restaurant in Freetown.
Day 15: Freetown – Kenema 300 km
Breakfast and drive to Kenema is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Sierra Leone. The city is home to all of the country's ethnic groups, though the Mende people make up the largest ethnic group, overnight at Ericson Guest House or a similar.
Day 16: Kenema-Monrovia Sierra Leone – Liberia border formalities: Kenema– Monrovia: Check-in to Krystal Oceanview Hotel (Mamba Point): Monrovia – Monument to Joseph Roberts, Masonic Temple, Catholic Cathedral: 5:30-6:40 PM. Dinner in the hotel or city restaurant: 6:40-8:00 PM.
Day 17: Monrovia – UN Drive, Mamba Point, Waterside Market, Broad Street, And National Museum: 7:00-9:00 AM. Monrovia – Gbarnga (197 km): 9:00 AM-1:20 PM. Gbarnga – lunchtime, marketplace, central streets: 1:20-2:20 PM. Gbarnga – Ganta (65 km): 2:20-4:00 PM, Ganta and overnight at Jackie Guest House Picnic.
Day 18 : Ganta- Nzerekore – UN Drive, Mamba Point, Waterside Market, Broad Street, National Museum: 7-9 AM. Monrovia – Gbarnga (197 km): 9 AM-1.20 PM. Gbarnga – lunchtime, marketplace, central streets: 1.20-2.20 PM. Gbarnga – Ganta (65 km): 2.20-4 PM. Liberia – Guinea border formalities: 4-4.40 PM. Zimpa - Dieke – Nzerekore (70 km): Check-in to Hotel Le Mont Nimba or a similar. Nzerekore – town center, Place des Martyrs: 6.10-6.40 PM. Dinner in the hotel or city restaurant.
Day 19: Nzerekore-Kissidougou
Breakfast and Nzerekore city tour the Market, Village Artisanal, Ethnographic Museum, do the whole city tour and drive to Kissidougou Kissidougou – lunchtime, city tour Predoctoral Museum, overnight at your hotel in Kissidougou.
Day 20: Kissidougou-Kankan
Breakfast and drive to Kankan to see the market, do the city tour Grand Marche, Grand Mosque, university, Samory Courou: and overnight at your hotel in Kankan Hotel Bate.
Day 21: Kankan – Bamako
Breakfast Kankan – Siguiri (135 km): 9-10.50 AM. Siguiri – town center, French fort and drive to cross Mali border, arrival in the afternoon, lunch and visit the national museum, the big market and the craft center overnight at your Hotel Mande or a similar.
Day 22: Bamako-departure. Spend the whole days at your leisure, do your last shopping in Bamako big market, departure in the evening for your departure.
- 21 nights hotel,room, with breakfast
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