Sahel Adventure

Tour   The Senegal Experience

Senegal Tours

Highlights of the Sahel Adventure include overnight stays at the charming Ocean and Savane Lodge, visits to the Djoudj Park or the Langue de Barbarie National Park, a barbeque on the banks of the Senegal River, a horse-drawn carriage ride through Saint-Louis and a visit to Thiès.

Day One

Arrive in Senegal – Dakar

On arrival in Senegal you will transfer to your Dakar hotel (Lodge de Almadies or similar).

Day Two

Dakar – Thiès – River Senegal - Gandiol

We will depart Dakar after breakfast and head for Saint-Louis by road.

The first stop is at Thiès; we will go through this spacious city with its shady streets in which there is the central market.  Many buildings of the colonial era indicate the former importance of this "city of rail".  We will also make a stop at the basketry market.

Taking the road to Louga, we then arrive at the ancient mouth of the Senegal River, where the Langue de Barbarie has re-joined the mainland following the creation of an artificial river mouth south of Saint Louis. In this wild, natural place you can bathe and relax and enjoy a picnic in the shade of the palm trees on the sand dunes on the banks of the river. A barbeque of fresh prawns is prepared for us on the beach under the shade of palm trees, whilst we take time to fully appreciate the wild beauty of the area. We can then swim in the newly formed lagoon and observe the numerous birds.

We can then take a walk along the cart tracks by the side of the river shaded by the palm trees. We will meet there fishermen, farmers and villagers who are getting about by cart. We will take our vehicle to cross the Gandiol region and the region of Niayes, little oases of vegetation fed by wells in the middle of the dunes. 

Upon arrival at the Ocean and Savane Lodge, located on the banks of the river Senegal, you will discover an exceptional site offering a view that embraces the crystal waters of the river, the Langue de Barbarie on the opposite shore and the ocean on the horizon. You will stay in a ‘safari tent’ mounted on a terrace on stilts with beautiful comfortable beds and a private bathroom.

You can enjoy some time at the end of the afternoon in the peace and beauty of this place, sampling the infinity pool overlooking the river or a walk on foot under the setting sun.

Dinner, with local specialities, will be served in the restaurant whilst enjoying a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. You can prolong the evening on one of the numerous terraces enjoying the ‘three Senegalese teas’. 

Day Three

Djoudj Park (or Langue de Barbarie) – Saint-Louis

We set off early for the Djoudj National Park, the third largest ornithological bird reserve in the world. A Unesco World Heritage site, the park is home to more than 3 million birds. We will explore this exceptional sanctuary by pirogue. From November to April, endemic birds and migratory birds come together to nest: pink flamingos, tundra ducks, herons, ibis, ospreys, cormorants and serpent birds. But the most astonishing is the spectacle put on the by the pelicans as they fish or perform their aerial ballet. There are also several types of reptiles: lizards, pythons and crocodiles; and many mammals: jackals, monkeys, hyenas and warthogs.

NB: From May to October, we will explore by pirogue the National Park of the Langue de Barbarie, taking in the island of birds.

We return to Saint Louis for lunch in a very beautiful restaurant at the heart of the island.

We will take a tour of the island of Saint Louis by calèche, a horse-drawn carriage, with our Saint Louisien guide who will share with us his incredible historical knowledge. As a port of call for European vessels of the slave trade, the first capital of French West Africa, a stopover for the air postal service operated by Jean Mermoz, the island retains important evidence of its prestigious past: La Governance, Faidherbe Square and its two barracks, the Cathedral.... We will then extend our visit in the fishing quarter and finish with refreshments in the Hôtel de la Poste, which was also involved in the history of the air postal service.

We can stroll leisurely in the streets or purchase a few souvenirs in some good shops before retiring to our charming lodge. We return there at the end of the day in order to take in one last time this wonderful natural site.

We then enjoy dinner and a night rocked to sleep by the waves of the ocean.

Day Four

Free morning / Dakar

The morning is free; you can take the shuttle bus to go to the Langue de Barbarie on the opposite side of the water and enjoy a swim or a walk on this beach by the wild ocean. Other activities are available: water sports, a bush walk, quad bikes…

After lunch, we will take the road back to Dakar to the airport or to your next hotel.


Extra Tour Information

All of our tours commence in Dakar and can be combined with an extended stay at the hotel of your choice in Saly, La Somone, the Sine Saloum Delta and even The Gambia.

The benefits of being on a private tour are numerous: you can choose when you stop to take photographs, you can explore and investigate the areas that interest you or you can ask your guide for extra information without worrying about holding up others.

Your tour price includes return flights, transfers, accommodation, all meals and excursions as detailed in the itinerary, local guides and an English speaking guide/driver who will accompany you throughout the whole of your tour.



Date Band
Price (3 nights)
1st May 2014 31st Oct 2014 £1,369 pp
1st Nov 2014 17th Dec 2014 £1,636pp
18th Dec 2014 31st Dec 2014 £1,549 pp
1st Jan 2015 9th Feb 2015 £1,369 pp
10th Feb 2015 19th Feb 2015 £1,439 pp
20th Feb 2015 26th Mar 2015 £1,369 pp
27th Mar 2015 16th Apr 2015 £1,439 pp
17th Apr 2015 30th Apr 2015 £1,369 pp

Prices are per person based on 2 sharing for 3 nights, including flights. Prices for one person will be higher. Prices for larger groups will be lower. To discuss booking this tour please call our Reservations Team on 01489 866947.