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Born Free Safaris and Tours
Safaris, Tours and Travel to Africa for 35 Years
Series: Odyssey
Location: Senegal, The Gambia
Length: 8 Days
Accommodation Comfort: Moderate
Priced From: $2760.00





 
 
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Le Meridien President
Savana Koumba Resort Hotel
Kairaba Hotel

AREAS VISITED:
SENEGAL
Dakar
Goree Island
Mbour
Pink Lake
Saly

THE GAMBIA
Banjul
Juffure




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WEST AFRICAN MOSAIC: SENEGAL & THE GAMBIA

Cultural Experiences in the Land of “Roots”

Overview

West Africa is an area of mysterious, exotic and historic countries. Discover the many cultures, visit ancient and historic cities, travel through deserts and meet voodoo priests. Art is abundant and the beauty of the human spirit is striking. Travel to one or several of the culturally-rich countries that make up this region.

Born Free Tours offers a true “West Africa Mosaic”. Choose to take one of our special scheduled departure group tours, or we will create a special-interest mosaic with segments to Senegal, the Gambia, Ghana, Benin and Mali on a custom itinerary. Many trips are built around the fabulous festivals of each country.

Senegal has a fascinating history, beautiful beaches and vibrant cities; The Gambia, Africa’s smallest country, is surrounded by Senegal and has interesting villages, cultural experiences, and a lovely landscape. Senegal and the Gambia take you back in time, to the days of the slave trade and Alex Haley’s “Roots”. Visit the lively markets of Dakar, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Goree Island, and the unusually colored pink lake.



West Africa is an area of mysterious, exotic and historic countries. Discover the many cultures, visit ancient and historic cities, travel through deserts and meet voodoo priests. Art is abundant and the beauty of the human spirit is striking. Travel to one or several of the culturally-rich countries that make up this region. Born Free Tours offers a true “West Africa Mosaic”. Choose to take one of our special scheduled departure group tours, or we will create a special-interest mosaic with segments to Senegal, the Gambia, Ghana, Benin and Mali on a custom itinerary. Many trips are built around the fabulous festivals of each country. Senegal has a fascinating history, beautiful beaches and vibrant cities; The Gambia, Africa’s smallest country, is surrounded by Senegal and has interesting villages, cultural experiences, and a lovely landscape. Senegal and the Gambia take you back in time, to the days of the slave trade and Alex Haley’s “Roots”. Visit the lively markets of Dakar, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Goree Island, and the unusually colored pink lake.

Sun and sand at Saly Beach Resort

Slave quarters on Goree Island

Tours through culturally-rich villages

Visits to handicraft workrooms

Traditional dinner and dancing


Day 01: Dakar, Senegal
Day 02: Goree Island
Day 03: Saly Beach Resort
Day 04: Saly Beach Resort
Day 05: Banjul, The Gambia
Day 06: Banjul
Day 07: Pink Lake / Dakar, Senegal
Day 08: Dakar / Your Journey Onwards

Full Itinerary


 
 

Senegal

DAY 1 Dakar

Welcome to the land of hospitality! Dakar is Senegal’s capital and a bustling modern city, home to many of Senegal’s ethnic groups. Upon arrival, you will be cheerfully greeted by our local representative and escorted to the 5-star hotel. If time permits, we will gladly arrange for an evening at a local nightclub – Dakar is known for its fabulous musical scene.

Le Meridien President

DAY 2 Goree Island

Take a ferry to one of Senegal’s most important sites, Goree Island. This beautiful island was the departure point for millions of Africans shipped to the Americas in bondage; touring includes a visit House of Slaves Museum. Then head to the best shopping areas, including Marche Sandaga and Soumbedioune, Return to the hotel in the late in the day; tonight dinner will be at one of the excellent local restaurants.

Le Meridien President (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 Dakar To Saly Beach Resort

The sites and sounds of West Africa come alive in your morning visit to Dakar’s open-air markets. Smell the spices of the food, hear the sounds of vibrant trading and see the colorful women dressed in magnificent fabrics. In the afternoon, visit the IFAN Museum to explore the historic and culture of the Senegambian region. Continue on to the resort town of Saly for the night.

Savana Koumba Resort Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4 Saly Beach Resort

Sun, water sports and fishing this morning; later, visit a Fulani village or take one of many optional tours. In the evening, visit the nearby fishing village of Mbour, where fishermen bring in their catch on brightly colored canoes.

Savana Koumba Resort Hotel (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Gambia

DAY 5 Banjul

Visit small villages along the way to The Gambia, Africa’s smallest country. Stop in Juffure village to visit Binta Kinteh, the distant relative of Alex Haley (author of “Roots”) and Kunta Kinteh. Later, take a ferry to Banjul, Gambia’s capital cit

Kairaba Hotel (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6 Banjul

Spend the morning on an escorted walking tour of the markets, which are filled with creative batiks, carvings and tie-dyed fabric. There is time to meet the local people and learn about their lifestyle. Stop for a delicious lunch at Lamine Lodge, an unusual floating log cabin restaurant.

Kairaba Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Senegal

DAY 7 Pink Lake To Dakar

On your way back to Dakar, stop at the Pink Lake, a mysterious rose-colored body of water surrounded by dunes. The local people harvest salt from the lake. You may opt to join an adventurous 4 x 4 sand dune ride to the Atlantic Ocean.

Le Meridien President (Breakfast, Lunch)

– ADVENTURE OPTION –
4×4 Sand Dune Excursion

DAY 8 Your Journey Onwards

Today you will bid farewell to Senegal and board your onward international flight – or choose to continue your West African Mosaic tour!

TOUR EXTENSIONS
Ghana
Benin
Mali
Rates

Born Free Safaris 2013 Tariff Rates per person, US dollars

Season Double Occupancy Single Occupancy Solo Traveler*
All Seasons $2760.00 $3404.00 $3472.00

Rates are for land arrangements only. International airfare not included.
The Born Free Travel Desk will assist in the coordination of the most cost-effective air schedule.

* Solo Traveler rate is for a guest traveling alone, not joining a group.
Holiday surcharges may apply.

TOUR DATES:
Contact the Born Free office for departure dates.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES:
All departures are guaranteed, with some dates subject to a minimum number of passengers to operate. Specialty properties are subject to final confirmation. Should the minimum number of guests not be met, we will offer one of the following options: offer an alternative date; modify services, if necessary, with the approval of the traveler; or an optional supplement will be offered. Should no alternative be acceptable, Born Free will offer a full refund of all monies received.

IS THIS TRIP NOT EXACTLY AS YOU WISH?
Not to worry. Born Free will customize your trip. Custom does not mean more expensive – in some cases, it may even be less. Custom means doing what you want, when you want, in the style you want. A Born Free specialist will listen to your ideas and/or advise you of hidden gems that you may not be aware of. Call 800-372-3274.



Meet and greet services at the airport; All transfers to and from airports and hotels; Accommodations as specified in the itinerary; Professional English-speaking tour guide; Comprehensive touring; Entrance fees for places specified in the itinerary; Meals as specified in the itinerary; Private ground transportation & driver; Hotel & local tourism taxes

Born Free is Fully Insured * U.S. Bank Account * Assistance with Visas and International Airfare

NOT INCLUDED:
Travel insurance; international airfare; passport and visa fees; airport departure taxes, unless noted; excess baggage charges; meals and beverages other than those specified in the itinerary; optional activities; personal expenses such as laundry and communication charges.

Gratuities are not included for local guides and are at the traveler’s discretion; gratuities should be based on the level of satisfaction of the services received. Recommended guidelines for each safari will be provided with the Born Free pre-tour documentation.

HOW TO JOIN A TRIP:
Call the Born Free office at 800-372-3274 to request space availability and departure dates. We will also assist in coordinating the best airfares or guiding you on how to use your points or mileage. If you are planning to make your own air arrangements please request a suggested flight schedule from us first.