• Historic Goree Island and it's Slave House and Door of No Return
• The large Touba Mosque
• Explore the Capital's of Banjul and Dakar
• Nokolo Koba Game Reserve (UNESCO)
• The Stone Circles (UNESCO)
• Kiang West National Park (UNESCO)
• Traditional Fulani and Bedik villages
• The village of Kunta Kinteh (from Alex Hailey's novel Root)
• Stay in a Medical Research Center
• 17 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and End in Dakar, Gambia
• All meals included
• Activity Level: 2
Our off-beat West African adventure begins in Dakar, Senegal's capital. Explore markets, museums and sites before a short boat ride to historic, colonial Goree Island, where the echoes and haunts of the slave house can still be heard.
Traveling east, we stop at Pink Lake and a Fulani (nomad) village where we meet the chief. In Touba, we visit one of the largest mosques in Africa. In Niokolo Koba National Park (UNESCO), an abundance of wildlife make it perhaps West Africa's premier park. We visit a Bedik village, a local ethnic group that still retains its ancient traditions. We hike to Dindefelo, a small village on the border with Guinea and famous for its beautiful waterfall.
We cross the border into The Gambia and head towards Georgetown. in Wassu, we explore the stone circles (UNESCO). The stones are believed to be the burial mounds from ancient kings. We follow the River Gambia to Banjul on the Atlantic. Enroute we stay at a Medical Research Center and enjoy another safari in Kiang West National Park.
From Banjul, we board a motor yacht to cruise along the Gambia River to the village of Juffureh, stopping on Kunteh Kinmeteh Island. The inhabitants of this village were sold into slavery and is famous as the African village of Kunta Kinteh, the ancestor of Alex Haley, the African American author of the novel Roots.
We return to Senegal and Dakar. We visit the IFAN Museum of African Arts and have the opportunity to try our drumming skills. Join our Senegambia journey for a fascinating and unique rhythm of history, wildlife art and culture.
Simple hotels with private bathrooms, 1 night in either a permanent canvas tent or cement hut both with beds, 6 nights in basic cement huts all with private bathrooms possible cold showers, Day 9 in a dorm style with possible shared bathrooms within a medical research center compound.
Some rough/dusty roads and long hot drives, remote region, not much infrastructure.
Dakar – City Tour & Goree island
Dakar to Kaolack via the Pink Lake and Touba Mosque
Kaolack to Wassadou
Daytrip to Simenti/Nokolo Koba National Park
Wassadou to Mako via Kedougou/Bandafassi
Mako to Georgetown
Georgetown to Farafenni
Farafenni to Kiang West National Park
Kiang West National Park - Banjul
Boat cruise on Gambia River
Ferry to Barra/drive to Toubacouta
Drive to Dakar via Mbour