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Duration: 10 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $1,850
Single Supplement: $504
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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the mysterious Pink Lake and discover what causes this lake's pink hues
  • Tour colonial Saint Louis, the former capital of Fracophone West Africa
  • Attend the three day Saint Louis Jazz Festival featuring the music of West Africa, Europe and America
  • Trek in the Beautiful Lompoul desert
  • Relax on the beaches of the resort town of Saly
  • Visit the local villages of Joal and Fadiouth
  • Lunch in the basket weaving town of Thie
(minimum group size 10 pax)

Based on 3 Star Hotels

Dates for this 23rd annual Saint- Louis Jazz Festival are yet to be announced
Day 1    ARRIVAL IN DAKARArrive in Dakar, Senegal.  You will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Lodging: Hotel in Dakar
Day 2     DAKAR – PINK LAKEAfter breakfast, depart for a full day tour of the mysterious Pink Lake. Arrive at this incredible rose colored body of water known as Pink Lake, ('Lac Rose' in French, 'Retba' in Wolof). Take some time to swim in the shallow, warm waters without any fear of drowning. You are guaranteed to float (as everything floats on this lake due to its very high salinity)! During the week, men and mostly women are busy crushing the bottom of the lake, which consists of a thick crust of salt. The lake is particularly spectacular at dawn and dusk, when feldspar deposits reflecting the sunlight through the salty waters produce the unique and vibrant pink color.

Located just outside of Dakar, the lake is surrounded by sand dunes, a baobab forest and traditional villages with thatch-roofed huts in the middle of Senegal’s 'garden belt.”  The area produces huge quantities of flowers and vegetables for domestic consumption and export. While men farm the gardens, women control the sale of goods at all levels, except exports.

After visiting the lake, lunch at a nearby resort located on the beach.  You will have the opportunity to relax by the pool, take a ride along the beach on a camel or ride on the beach in a dune buggy. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Pink Lake
Meals: B D


After breakfast, depart for the drive to Saint Louis.  En-route, stop over for lunch at Thies. This city is known for beautiful baskets hand woven by local artisans. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to purchase baskets, hats and other items at bargain prices. Continue the journey to Saint Louis for a late afternoon arrival.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Saint Louis
Meals: B D
Day 4     SAINT LOUIS – LAC DE GUIERS – RICHARD TOLL – JAZZ FESTIVALAfter breakfast depart for Lac de Guiers. Drive through typical Senegalese villages.  Visit Keur Momar Sarr, where there is a weekly market on Saturdays. Spend time in the bustling market to get a taste of daily life in Senegal.  Later in the afternoon, continue to Lake Guiers for a picnic lunch. This trip includes a visit a Fulani village and Richard Toll, which is famous for sugar cane farms.  Return to Saint Louis in the late afternoon to attend the jazz festival celebrations.
Lodging: Hotel in Saint Louis
Meals: B L D
Day 5    SAINT LOUIS JAZZ FESTIVALAfter breakfast, spend the morning at leisure or exploring Saint Louis on your own. After lunch, depart to attend the jazz festival celebrations.
Lodging: Hotel in Saint Louis
Meals: B D
Day 6    SAINT LOUIS – RAO – JAZZ FESTIVALBreakfast will be served at the hotel.  After a morning departure, drive through several small villages before reaching large red dunes. You will be awed by this spectacle of nature.  Continue towards Rao and visit the local market and villages of various ethnic groups. As part of the trip, the group will learn about the schooling system in the villages, and also how the local women participate in farming and other income generating activities.  Return to Saint Louis to participate in the closing ceremony of the festival.
Lodging: Hotel in Saint Louis
Meals: B D

After breakfast, depart Saint Louis for Lompoul. Lompoul is a desert where you will participate in afternoon full of trekking and other fun activities. You will enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner in Lompoul. Overnight accommodation will be in Bedouins tents, also in Lompoul.

Lodging: Camp of Lompoul
Meals: B D
Day 8     LOMPOUL – BANDAI – SALYAfter breakfast, the group will depart for Saly. En-route, you will visit the Bandai Nature Reserve. This nature haven presents the opportunity to view a variety of animals including buffalo, antelope, rhinos, monkeys and other animals.  Continue on to Saly for dinner and overnight.
Lodging: Hotel in Saly
Meals: B D
Day 9     SALY – JOAL FADIOUTH – SALYAfter breakfast, depart for the island of Fadiouth with a drive through Joal and several traditional villages on the way. Lunch today will be on the island of Fadiouth, a unique village built on a bank of shells.  Later, leave Fadiouth for an evening party in the village, with a scrumptious spread of traditional food and delicacies.  You will also enjoy local entertainment as part the evening’s festivities. Overnight in Saly.
Lodging: Camp of Saly
Meals: B D
Day 10    SALY  DAKAR – DEPARTUREEnjoy breakfast at your hotel.  Depart for the drive to Dakar, where you will enjoy last minute shopping for souvenirs.  Later, transfer to the airport for check-in and departure.
Meals: B
** DISCLAIMER: Cost will vary depending on group size. Contact a member of the team at to get a customized quote.  The cost of package will increase if hotel and transportation costs increase. Quote will be reviewed 3 months before your tour begins and you will be notified accordingly.