A combination of wildlife, nature, and the tradition of Northern Senegal We pick up all guests at their hotel early in the morning, and then drive directly to the ferry terminal in Banjul.
Once aboard the ferry, we will experience the morning Gambian life when people are going to work and business people heading to Banjul to the market to sell their goods and Senegalese returning home with goods bought from the (Albert Market).For example the fabric is much cheaper here than in Senegal. If lucky we might spot dolphins jumping at a distance. Upon in Barra on the northern side of the river, before arriving in Amdalai, we park by the side of the road in the bush to have our breakfast.
We then drive to Amdalai the last border village to have our passports stamped. A few meters away lies the Senegalese border village of Karang to have our passport stamp again by the Senegalese authorities.In Senegal, we drive directly to Fathala National Park, which lies about 5 km from the border where we got the passport stamped.
At the entrance to the park, we have some minutes break to use the toilet.And after acquiring the entrance tickets to the park, we then start the safari .During the tour of the park, we will be sighting herbivorous animals like the Rhino, Giraffes, Antelope, Gazelle, Tuttles,Waterbucks, Buffaloes, Crocodiles, Hyenas, Ostriches and some beautiful birds of West Africa.
After the tour of the park,we drive through savannah-like countryside to Missira. A fishing village surrounded by the mangroves where we will visit the gigantic silk cotton tree which is about 179 years old.From here we drive to the hotel Les Paletuviers in Toubacouta.
Hotel Les Paletuviers is situated on a river side also surrounded by mangroves. Here we are served with a tasty welcome drink to quench our thirst.We later on walk to the jetty to take a boat trip on the river Saloum to an island called Sippo.
Sippo have a queen who also doubles as the village Chief and a witch doctor, who gets her medicine from the herbs and plants that grow on the island. Sippo island has a population of about 89 people mostly women.
There are four different tribes, namely Mandinka, Wollof, Jola their only means of communication there is by rowing small canoes that can take them to the mainland. They live on fishing and farming as their means of survival.We will see great poverty, but we may also see a people who are happy with life anyway. We then take the boat back to the hotel for a delicious lunch and a short break by the pool.
The visit to Hotel Paletuviers ends with a mini safari towards the Border before returning to the Gambia. Join us to experience the real Senegal. Where you can experience their culture, nature ,and wildlife, get good information on both Gambia and Senegal, eating good food and meeting people you never think exists
Inclusive in the price is:
Breakfast, lunch, entrance to the park, boat trip, soft drinks and a guide on the trip.