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Cruise on River Senegal 8 days



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Youssouph Diallo

Africa for Tourism

Professionals in the soul, we will make you discover Senegal and its cultures.

  • Local time:14:24

Cruise on River Senegal 8 days

Bou El Mogdad proposes a tourist cruise between Saint-Louis and Podor, allowing to discover the villages of bush, cities and their former forts and trading posts spread between the ocean and the doors of Sahara.



Arrival at the International Airport. After formalities, transfer to our hotel. Overnight (Bed & Breakfast).

Lodge des Almadies / similar


Breakfast and transfer to St Louis. Lunch in the Hotel La Residence (or similar) near 13 hours. Boarding and installation from 3:00 pm. Start a city tour by horse carriage to discover Saint-Louis. You will feel that specific atmosphere, strange and familiar at the same time, admire the smoothness of the balconies fixed to the beautiful colonial houses and follow the range of yellow ochre houses along the streets according to the position of the sun. The Northern district of the island is separated from the Southern district by the Gouvernance (Governor’s house) and the Place Faidherbe (Faidherbe square). You will also find on the island historical buildings such as the town hall and the law courts (1st trial in 1875), the beautiful yellow ochre hospital (1827), the girls college Ameth Fall holding since 1927 an old hospital dated 1840, the famous Faidherbe bridge (500 m length) built in 1897, all examples of the monuments decorating St-Louis streets. Visit the fishermen village, fascinating with their enormous dugouts crossing the bar to go fishing in the sea. Then you will move towards the Muslim cemetery in the district of Guet Ndar the tombs of which are stakes covered with fishing nets. You will also cross the market of Ndar located in the ‘Langue de Barbarie’. Dinner and night on board. Read more

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You will cross the waters of the Senegal River to the Diama dam. This is is the limit of the salted waters which prevents it from going up. Lunch on board before moving upwards the river while cruising the Senegal River heading to Djoudj. Stop at the entrance of the Gorom bolong which allows access to the bird nature reserve of Djoudj. You will join the embarking area with a motorized canoe. The reserve was created in 1971 and has been classified as World Inheritance by UNESCO, being the third ornithological park of the world. It extends on 12 000 hectares in the Senegal River Delta. It plays an irresistible attraction on the Europe’s avifauna. From November to March, three million of birds join the reserve to spend winter there. The park also holds approximately twenty species of mammals. Enjoy an excursion in a slow-moving motorized canoe, entering the heart of the Djoudj and letting you enjoy a fantastic bird ballet: flamingos taking off in tightened rows, pelicans flying away, cormorants swooping into the river. This spectacle is simply wonderful. Back to the boat. Dinner and night on board in the larger arm of the river. Read more

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While sailing, you will move up to the Senegal River having Senegal and Mauritania at its edges. While Senegalese banks are used as rice fields, they are less cultivated on the Mauritanian side. You will see some warthogs, then pass in front of Rosso, a town that separates Senegal from Mauritania and where motorized canoe and a ferry cross people, animals and vehicles. Arrivals and departures of these barges provide intensive activity with various colors and particularly animated. You will reach Richard Toll, the gardens of Richard, named as such for being the site where cultural methods were tried in 1822 during colonial times. Visit the city in a barouche and the sugarcane factory, (ten thousand hectares of sugarcane), main source of income of the area. Discover the "madness of the Baron Roger", a French style castle now closed, surrounded with mud brick constructions, the traditional architecture of the area. Dinner and night on board. Read more

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Sailing to the mangrove, along the ‘Goumel’village located in a loop of the Senegal River. Thiep bou dieune (rice with fish) will be served as traditional lunch in the middle of mango and palm trees edging the River. At midday, arrival at Dagana, the ‘Wolof’ village called “capital of Walo”. Visit this old trading post of the colonial period which still preserves the vestiges of old fortress and of some trading stores. Visit the market of Dagana where the Banny or the Ponty are often seen charging gum or dropping off soldiers. Return to the boat by sunset. Dinner and night on board. Read more

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In the morning, visit of the ranching and nomadic village of Goumel. The architecture of its houses consists of original huts of straw. Lunch during the navigation. Arrival to the tributary of the river Senegal Thiangaye. In the evening we go out in barge and after approximately thirty minutes of navigation, arrive to the village of Fanaye. Visit of this village of houses of adobe and brick. Return to the ship, dinner in land on the banks of the river and the night on board. Read more

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Navigation then lunch on board. Arrival at about 2 pm at Podor, former trading post during the French colonization. Today, the commercial activity is not any more on the river and its stone quays look forward to your arrival. Today the trade activity does not exist anymore on the River and its quays out of stone await impatiently our arrival. The firms which border the quays with their original balcony and the warehouses which contained Arabic Gum, fire wood, ivory, and slaves are today the vestiges of a recent past. You will visit its fort built by Faidherbe and which is under rehabilitation. You will be taken right back to this history. Late in the afternoon we shall visit the former trading post of the Cour du Fleuve and the Inn of Tekrour, then we shall go to the Fort of Podor. Finally those who want it can take a walk to the market and stroll in the peaceful alleys, or sit on the stairs of one of these former houses to look at the sunset on the Mauritanian banks. Dinner and night on board. Read more

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Breakfast on board. Transfer to the airport via Saint Louis. End of services.



Day in trip
Day 1
Location Dakar
Day 2
Location Saint Louis
Day 4
Location Saint Louis


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Mentioned excursions
  • Mentioned accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fees

Package excludes

  • Single room supplement : 425 us dollar
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

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