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4 DAYS IN SENEGAL & 4 DAY IN CABO VERDE

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SENEGAL

Senegal  is a country in West Africa and bordered by Mauritania in the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the southeast, and Guinea-Bissau to the southwest. Senegal nearly surrounds The Gambia, a country occupying a narrow sliver of land along the banks of the Gambia River, which separates Senegals southern region of Casamance from the rest of the country. Senegal also shares a maritime border with Cabo Verde.
Senegals economic and political capital is Dakar. It is a unitary presidential republic and is the westernmost country in the mainland of the Old World, or Afro-Eurasia. It owes its name to the Senegal River, which borders it to the east and north. Senegal covers a land area of almost 197,000 square kilometres (76,000 sq mi) and has a population of around 16 million. The state was formed as part of the
independence of French West Africa from French colonial rule. Because of this history, the official language is French. Like other post-colonial African states, the country includes a wide mix of ethnic and linguistic communities, with the largest being the Wolof, Fula, and Serer people, and the Wolof and French languages acting as lingua francas. Senegal is classified as a heavily indebted poor country, with a relatively low Human Development Index. Most of the population is on the coast and works in agriculture or other food industries. Other major industries include mining, tourism and services. The climate is typically Sahelian, though there is a rainy season. Senegal is a member state of the African Union, the United Nations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States.

PROGRAM:

DAY 1  

• Arrive in Dakar
• Welcome and Assistance in Airport
• Transfer to the hotel
• Program Briefing
• Dinner and Overnight at Hotel

DAY 2  • Gorée Island Tour


• Breakfast at Hotel

The Island of Gorée testifies to an unprecedented human experience in the history of humanity. Indeed, for the universal conscience, this
“memory island” is the symbol of the slave trade with its cortege of suffering, tears, and death. Listed as world heritage by UNESCO, a
witness of the dark days of the unspeakable trade of the human being.
The Island of Gorée is now a pilgrimage destination for the African diaspora, a foyer for contact between the West and Africa, and a
space for exchange and dialogue between cultures through the confrontation of ideals of reconciliation and forgiveness. 
The Island of Goree is an exceptional testimony to one of the greatest tragedies in the history of human societies:  the slave trade.  The
various elements like – fortresses, buildings, streets, squares, etc. –recount, each in its own way, the history of Gorée which, from the 15th
to the 19th century, was the largest slave-trading centre of the African coast.

• Traditional Dinner

• Overnight at Hotel

DAY 3  • Bandia Tour

 

• Breakfast at Hotel


Bandia is a real ecological jewel in the crown of Senegal. It has succeeded in reintroducing much of the marvellous native flora and of
some of Africa’s best loved animals. Many of which had gradually disappeared, some of them centuries ago, due to demographic pressure
and poaching. In the grandiose setting of giant baobabs, thorny scrub, and lush vegetation you will get a heart stopping sight of herds of big antelopes and gazelle. You will get close to most of the animals, within reason.
​In the dry season, nature lovers even have the opportunity of going on a nature ramble in the dry riverbed of the Somone River in the shade of Senegal’s great mahogany trees. In addition to the fauna and flora, visitors can also see replicas of Serere pyramids with burial chambers, griot [traditional story tellers and entertainers] tombs in the hollow of a thousand-year-old baobab containing authentic human bones, a charcoal makers’ grindstone, Peulh huts, etc... overlook a waterhole where buffaloes wallow and crocodiles lurk looking like floating logs, and you will hear the squabbling of monkeys in the trees.


• Dinner and Overnight at Hotel

DAY 4 •  Cap Skirring Tour

 

• Breakfast at Hotel


The Cap Skirring has a jaw-dropping stretch of beach where cows graze and tour its laze. Situated just north of Cape Roxo, where the coast finishes its longitudinal course, the twin towns of Cap Skirring and Kabrousse sit at Senegal’s extreme southwestern edge, and along what could very easily be the finest beach anywhere in the country.  The town was first occupied by fishermen. It was discovered by the
French of Ziguinchor as a balneal zone in the 1960s. With sensational views from the top, the beach arcs its way up the
coastline in a series of shallow crescent-shaped coves that are made all the more striking by the riotous vegetation climbing the hillsides behind and an absolutely magical stretch of beach.


• Departure- Flight DKR / RAI

CABO VERDE


Cabo Verde is located at a crossroads of winds and maritime currents in the Atlantic Ocean and occupies a strategic position in the Iberian
Peninsula, America and Africa triangle. 500 years ago, Cidade Velha (Old City )on Santiago Island was known as “ Ribeira Grande “ and was
the first capital of the Cabo Verde archipelago until 1769. Cabo Verde was an open-air hypermarket for the purchase and sale of slaves, one of the most important trading posts for the enslaved people of the transatlantic trade in what would become a platform for the passage of slaves. Slaves from the West African coast spent time on the island, during which a selection was made between those who should remain to work in cotton production and those who should be sold to new places

PROGRAM:

DAY 1 


• Assistance in Airport
•Transfer and Check-in
• Program Briefing
• Welcome Dinner at Tropical Restaurant
• Overnight at Hotel 4*

DAY 2 • Cidade Velha

 

• Breakfast at Hotel• Cidade Velha Tour With Lunch (Old City)


Consider as the old city, Cidade Velha who also was known as Ribeira Grande was the first city built by Europeans in sub-Saharan Africa and the first capital of Cabo Verde. Today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the birthplace of CaboVerdean culture. There are still several ruins testifying to its sumptuous past, with its history and monuments such as the Pelourinho, erected in 1520 where the slaves were whipped. It is the most vivid memory of the slavery era in Cabo Verde.
The Fortaleza de S. Filipe, one of the great historical monuments of the City of Ribeira Grande is the testimony of the Portuguese presence the island. It was built after Drake's attack in 1585, the City was manned from this fort, whose construction would have started in1593. 
The City has a unique authenticity and represents the beginning of the short, but striking history of Creole history.


• Cabo Verdean Night with “ MANDINGA “
• Overnight at Hotel 4*

DAY 3  • Plateu City Tour

 

• Breakfast at Hotel


A visit to Plateau means discovering a part of the history of Santiago with a great deal of symbolism, built on a basaltic platform overlooking the bay of Santa Maria. The relocation to Plateau from Cidade Velha was due to the constant attacks from pirates.  Been that it is on the top of the city it applied an advantage for security reasons, for the Townhouses, markets, museums, and government residences. The Plateau Market symbolizes the culture of commerce and the Archaeological Museum the ancient history. In each
street or alley portrays everyday life in a mixture of times, but the Plateau shows a part of our Portuguese colonial history, as the new street art painting well exemplified.

 City Tour With Lunch
• Dinner Barbecue at the beach with trad. music
• Overnight at Hotel 4*

 

DAY 4 • Santiago Full  Island Tour

 

• Breakfast at Hotel


The island of Santiago, the first of the archipelago to be inhabited, is about 25 km from Maio and 50 km from Fogo. Santiago is a volcanic
origin island, has several mountainous areas, with Pico de António, 1392 meters high, the highest point in the territory. Thus, the island is full of deep valleys and has a coastline full of reefs, interspersed with sandy beaches. The climate is wetter in the highlands and more arid in the intermediate zones and the visit should be done in stages. The first step is Praia / Assomada. The scenery along the route is magnificent and a stop at São Jorge Village de ORGAOS where we can be amaze by Pico de António and the people’s “morabeza”. From Assomada, the road goes to Boa Entrada to admire the magnificent tree of extraordinary proportions with the name of de Polom, a fromager specie of 500 years. At the north end of the island is the village of Tarrafal, where there is the only white sand beach on the island. However, the village is best known for having functioned as a Portuguese penal colony, built in 1936, which served as a concentration camp for political prisoners.
On the way back to Praia, via the east coast, we will visit the small community “CASA DOS RABELADOS”. There visitors will experience
the traditional lifestyle of homes made from sticks and cultural arts by the community members. Further south the road passes by Pedro Badejo on the coast where the limpid blue of the lagoons and the rich green of the luxurious tropical vegetation of banana fields blend together beautifully.

• Full Island Tour Of Santiago (Coast to Coast)
• Departure- Flight RAI/DKR

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