Day 1: Senegal. Arrival in Senegal and Settling in the Guesthouse. Arrival in Senegal (Ziguinchor or Cap Skirring), transfer and settle in the Association' Guesthouse (with European comforts). The transfer service is also available for arrivals and departure in Banjul (The Gambia).
Day 2: Ziguinchor, the Casamance River and its Treasures
Breakfast, first visit of the main spots of Ziguinchor, and then departure for a river excursion; we will take all of the time necessary to meet pelicans, herons, flamingos and all of the other species inhabiting the bolongs and the mangroves. According to season, a chance is given to have a close look at nests and baby birds. We will then visit Djilapao Island and the Michelangelo of Casamance Museum House. Next Stop at Affiniam, lunch in a typical "Impluvium" house restaurant. Visit to the local village, encounters with the population, return on pirogue at sunset.
Day 3: The Diolas Villages and the Islands
Breakfast and departure to the discovery of Diolas Villages, Enampore and its Impluvium Houses, Seleki with its rice cultivations and telephone tam-tam, and arrival for lunch at Oussouye. After the meal we will continue to Mlomp and its "Fromagers" huge trees, its multilevel houses and the Diola Museum. We leave then to Elinkine where a pirogue will take us to Nioumoune Island: we will settle there on a beach hotel. Visit of the island, dinner and night at the hotel.
Day 4: Diogue, Hitou and Deserted Beaches
Breakfast and departure in pirogue towards the animistic island of Hitou, where we will visit the local powerful shaman. The following excursion is wonderful, as we will sail along the shores where tropical trees from the nearby forest lie on the waters. We will pass through bolongs and mangroves, towards the large Katie Islands, inhabited by one family only. The island is located at the estuary of the river, with one side facing the Atlantic Ocean: the choice is where to take a bath, in the ocean waves or in the calm river waters. We will have lunch with Paletuvier oysters and grilled fish that we had captured along the way. After a nice and cool relax on this deserted island we will head back to Elinkine, and return to Ziguinchor through forest paths, among rice cultivations and palm trees lands.
Day 5: Djibelor and Solidarity Day
Breakfast, departure for a visit to a teak forest, for then heading to the Djibelor Farm, where countless species of exotic flowers, healing plants and fruit trees are cultivated. Lunch in the Farm’ restaurant, with the possibility of trying crocodile meat plates. In the early afternoon, you will personally participate to a solidarity action (as bringing food provisions, setting anti-mosquitoes nets, providing school gears): a chance is given to the creation of special and unique links with the people involved in the action; on the way back, stop over in a Boucotte rehearsal space, where a dance and percussion show will be performed by a group of local young artists.
Day 6: Cap Skirring. Breakfast and early departure to Cap Skirring and its wonderful sandy beaches. Visit of the Kabrousse and Djembering Villages and lunch in a restaurant facing the ocean. Afternoon dedicated to the ocean waves and fresh waters, sunbathing, total relaxation under the cool shadows of coconut trees. Return to Ziguinchor in the early evening, free time.
Day 7: Ziguinchor, Aarts and Crafts Markets and Cultural Immersion. Breakfast and discovery of the local arts and crafts markets, visit to a Batik factory and the Craftsmen Village, where souvenirs and art works can be purchased. Lunch at the Guesthouse and afternoon dedicated to the discovery of some Senegalese unique cooking, dance and musical skills. At night, several groups will perform for you a dance and percussion show in the intimacy of the Guesthouse. A chance given then to learn some Sabar dance steps or to try and perform entrancing drum beats.
Day 8: Close-by Villages and Departure. Breakfast and departure on the antique road of Kolda, stop in a typical fishermen village and walk along the river shores. On the way back we will walk along the cultivation fields. In the afternoon, some free time is given: a chance for the last purchases and visits. In the early evening, transfer for the return flight.
Not specified in this daily schedule are further events, celebrations, shows and situations that we keep as included but unpredicted surprises for our kind visitors. All of these actions are of a main importance for local populations, and the donors will fully enjoy the warm atmosphere of joy and partying coming out of it. We believe in links among human beings, and the healing power which lays within.
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