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Community Travel Adventures: Islands and Cultures of Senegal

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 7 people
Destination(s): Senegal  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1000 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1500 Euro (EUR)

Experience a true African adventure, through the islands, rivers and landscapes of the wonderful tropical Casamance Region, participate to a unique Voluntourism experience for an authentic sharing awareness. We will sail along the immense Casamance River, and enjoy its unique fauna and flora: a day of touring on the nearby villages of Affiniam and Djilapao, for breathtaking encounters with all of the species of birds inhabiting the river and its islands. Visits to the Diolas Villages of Enampore and its impluvium houses, Mlomp and the multileveled clay-made palaces, the Exhibit Diola Museum, Seleki and its Sacred Trees, for a true discovery of the ancient and enchanting beliefs of this deeply animist ethnic group. We then introduce and begin the Community Project, for the first three days of unique cultural integration. The trip continues towards the River’s estuary, visiting the islands of Diogué, Carabane, Hitou e Catie, for a two-day of full immersion in the river and its bolongs.

Back to the completing of the Community Project, in an atmosphere of joy and participating, together with all of the people involved in your unique program. The beauties of tropical beaches and deserted islands await you then: two days are dedicated to the most beautiful West African beach resorts of Cap Skirring, Abené and Kafountine, for many well-earned moments of rest on spectacular and deserted seashores. The trip ends in Ziguinchor, when a chance is given to discover this unique city, a melting pot of multiple cultures: people from Senegal, Guinea Conakry and Guinea Bissau all gather in a special combination of beliefs and traditions. We will visit its markets and art&craft factories, its historical centre and feel its deeply active cultural movement…

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Senegal and settling in the Guesthouse. Arrival in Senegal (Ziguinchor or Cap Skirring), transfer to the 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 and then early departure for a river excursion; we 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 visit then 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: Djibelor and Introduction of the Community Project. Breakfast, departure for a visit to the nearby vast Teak forest. We head then 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 its delicious fresh fruit juices. In the early afternoon, we introduce you to the Community Project, and all of the people involved in it. Dinner and night at the Guesthouse.

Days 4-6: Community Development Project: Preparation and Realization. Three days dedicated to the accomplishment of the action: participants work side by side with local artists, carpenters, students, families or villagers; everybody gladly intervene towards the completing of the action. One of our tour-leaders and where appropriate one or more local guides accompany the participants towards the discovery of local communities and accomplishment of their humanitarian action. Volunteers are given information on arrival about cultural differences they may experience while on a project and also ways in which to deal sensitively with these differences.

Day 7: 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 continue to Mlomp and its ‘Fromagers’ huge trees, its multilevel houses and the Diola Museum. We leave then to Elinkine where a pirogue takes us to the Niumoune Island, and we settle there on a eco-lodge campment. Visit of the island, dinner and night at the property.

Day 8: Diogué, Hitou and deserted beaches. Breakfast and departure in pirogue towards the animistic island of Hitou, where we visit the local powerful shaman. The following excursion is wonderful, as we sail along the shores where tropical trees from the nearby forest lie on the waters. We pass then 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 enjoy a 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 eventually head back to Elinkine, and return to Ziguinchor through forest paths, among rice cultivations and palm trees lands. Dinner and night at the Guesthouse.

Days 9-10: Community Development Project: Completing and Celebrating. The participants gather back together to the Project and its accomplishment, in an atmosphere of joy and awareness. The search of authenticity permeates all of our projects, meeting the demand of both villagers and visitors who will mutually benefit from all of the inspiring moments spent together. A series of events, celebrations and performances will be attended by the participants, while the project is in progress, and at the completing of it: all of these ceremonies will be held in their honor, according to the exquisite hospitality manners of local populations

Day 11: 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 12: Ziguinchor, Art & Crafts Markets and Cultural Immersion. Breakfast and discovery of the local arts & 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 or musical skills.

Day 13: Abené, Bignona and Kafountine. Breakfast and departure to Abéné: we visit the small town of Bignona and the villages of Baila and Diouloulou. We arrive for lunch at Kafountine (Senegal’ little Jamaica). In the afternoon we visit Abéné and enjoy its deserted beaches. Return to Ziguinchor at the end of the day. Dinner and free time.

Day 14: Close-by Villages and departure preparation. Day dedicated to the discovery of Ziguinchor, the morning fish market, and eventual last-minute purchases. According to the departure time, transfer for the return flight.

Our Exclusive Community Development Projects, Choose the one you wish to accomplish among the following examples:
- School provisions and equipment for a class of junior high students.
- Bringing in sports gear and equipment to local teams.
- Provide assistance and musical instruments to local artistic groups and organize a show with them.
- Attain the construction of a well for water supplies.
- Ameliorate and improve working conditions of saleswomen from local food markets.
- Bring supplies to local croppers’ families and participate in the rich Casamance’ agriculture harvest.
- Donate materials to fisherman families: optimize their activity and join them in a fishing day.

- We gladly adapt the project according to the Guest’s preferences and affinities, and thoroughly prepare it before the arrival, as to make sure the completing of this experience is fully enjoyed during the stay with us.
- These options are exclusively conceived and accessible to everybody: they are but the pretext to live an inspiring and meaningful holiday.
- Contact us for further description and details of any single action.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Full board
- All meals
- All excursions
- Visits and tours scheduled in the itinerary
- All of the shows and events
- Guides and entrance fees
- Transfer from and to the airport.

Price Excludes:
- International air fare to and from Ziguinchor, Cap Skirring or Banjul
- 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.

About This Supplier
Location: Senegal
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2006

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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