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The Seven Wonders of Casamance

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 8 people
Destination(s): Senegal  
Specialty Categories: Volunteering Vacations   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 770 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 950 Euro (EUR)

Ziguinchor, the most authentic of West African cities, the incomparable beauty of the Bolongs, the cultural richness and the mysteries of Diolas villages, the fauna and flora diversities, the migratory and sedentary birds species of the Casamance River, the discovery of sandy and deserted islands, the dances and ancestral rites, and most of all the hospitality of local populations. During your stay with us, a chance is given to participate to a Community Development Project.

Tour Itinerary:

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.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer.  Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- These costs are per person in a double room occupation
- Additional €70.00/person for single room request.

Price Includes:
- Full board
- All meals
- All excursions
- The solidarity action
- Visits and tours scheduled in the itinerary
- All of the shows and events
- Guides and entrance fees
- Transfer from and to the port or airport (Ziguinchor or Cap Skirring).

Price Excludes:
- International air fare to and from Ziguinchor or Cap Skirring
- Airport taxes and flight insurances
- Drinks and personal purchases as souvenirs and art objects
- All not specified as included.

Note: A full assistance is provided for arrivals in Dakar, as to assure the best conditions for the internal transfer to Ziguinchor.

Supplier Information
Location: Senegal
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2006
Client Request Served: 38

My name is Luca D’Ottavio, and I am the co-founder of M15588, top provider of Ethno and Participative Tourism in West Africa. Our company is a non-profit association whose main goal is to promote meaningful vacations aiming to bring solidarity and assistance to West African populations, mainly in Senegal and the...

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