Senegal & The Gambia Expedition

13 Days from $2,415

START: Dakar

FINISH: Dakar

AGES: 15 - 99

THEME: Expedition

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Description

Discover wildlife-rich wetlands, desert dunes, delicate French colonial architecture and sleepy coastal villages during this 13-day Expedition through Senegal and The Gambia. See abundant, colourful bird life. Ponder the remnants and legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. Search for hippos and chimpanzees while you cruise on pirogues. Watch the sunrise over undulating orange dunes in the Lompoul desert. Visit four entries on the World Heritage list. Relax on the golden sands that line the coast. This trip will open your eyes to the beauty and natural splendour of two countries on the edge of West Africa.

Start: Dakar

Finish: Dakar

Ages: 15 - 99

Theme: Expedition

Accommodation: Hotel (5 nights), Nomadic Tent (1 night), Lodge (3 nights), Basic Hotel (3 nights)

Destination: Dakar

Highlights

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Take a morning cruise by pirogue into the mangrove-lined wetlands of the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, keeping a special eye out for pelicans, purple herons and cormorants.
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Watch as thousands of birds of all shapes, sizes and varieties fill the dusk sky above the Saloum Delta during a nightly migration known as ‘putting the birds to sleep.’
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Contemplate the mystery of the ancient laterite slabs that make up the Wassu Stone Circle during a visit to the archaeological site known as West Africa’s Stonehenge.
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Look out for crocodiles, hippos and monkeys during a cruise around the Baboon Islands. You might even be lucky enough to spot the chimpanzees in their island sanctuary.
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Finish your trip with days spent on the sandy beaches of The Gambia and Senegal, taking in the surf culture of West Africa that few travellers see.

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icon check Day 1 : Dakar

Welcome to Senegal. Sitting at the continent’s western-most tip, Senegal also marks the fusion point of Africa’s Arabic north, with the diverse and colourful cultures of the region’s southern gulf. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Tomorrow will include a full-day exploration of Dakar, so perhaps for tonight simply settle in and get to know your fellow travellers and leader.

icon check Day 2 : Ile de Goree

Rise and shine for a tour of Dakar, beginning with a visit to a huge statue dedicated to Senegalese independence – the African Renaissance Monument. This epic bronze statue (which is almost the size of the Leaning Tower of Pisa) is controversial for a bunch of reasons, not least of all that it cost USD 27 million and was built by a North Korean construction firm. Next take a drive past the Presidential Palace and gleaming white Our Lady of Victories Cathedral. Visit the oldest art museum in West Africa, the IFAN Museum of African Arts (established in 1938). Spend some time viewing the collection of tribal costumes, masks and instruments. Next take a midday ferry to the Ile de Goree (20 minutes), a small World Heritage-listed island that was a centre of the transatlantic slave trade from the 15th—19th century. Take a walking tour of the island, including the House of Slaves, a former holding centre for slaves and now a museum and memorial. Stay on the island tonight in basic accommodation.

icon check Day 3 : Lompoul Desert Camp

Rise early for the 8 am return ferry to Dakar (20 minutes). Board your private vehicle and continue to Lac Rose (Lake Retba), a salty lagoon that becomes a striking shade of pink when the sunlight is just right (another good reason for the early start this morning). Next jump in a pickup truck and explore the area a little, from the local salt gathering sites to a small Fulani village. Grab a local lunch, then make the approximately 5-hour drive into the Lompoul desert. If time permits, you can choose to take part in an optional camel ride at sunset. Your accommodation this evening is in Bedouin-style tents set among the dunes. As night falls, settle in around the campfire and sip tea while you stargaze and listen to enchanting Sahel music.

icon check Day 4 : Djoudj National Park / St Louis

Another early start is in order this morning so you can catch the sunrise over the orange sand dunes. Check with your leader for the exact time to set your alarm for. The magical sight makes any residual sleepiness worth it. Hit the road (or the sand) at 6.30 am for the 3-hour drive to Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary. Arrive and take a 45-minute excursion into the waterways of world’s third-largest bird sanctuary by motorised pirogue. Keep an eye out for flamingos and pelicans among the nearly 400 species of bird that call the sanctuary home throughout the year. Eat lunch at a local restaurant, then continue to Saint-Louis (1.5 hours). Known locally as Ndar, the World Heritage-listed city was one of the capitals during French occupation. Arrive and embark on a walking tour that highlights the city’s remaining colonial architecture. In the evening retire to your hotel and perhaps consider an early night as tomorrow brings another early start.

icon check Day 5 : Toubakouta

Get set for a 7.30 am departure for Toubakouta (6 hours), breaking up the drive with lunch in Kaolok en route. Set on the Saloum Delta in the heart of the Sine Saloum region, Toubakouta is yet another World Heritage-listed spot. Arrive in the mid-afternoon and settle in before a 5 pm excursion into the mangroves of the Saloum Delta. The boat trip is timed in order to catch the nightly migration of thousands of birds to the island where they sleep in the evening. This event is known as the ‘reposoir des oiseaux’ (roughly translated as ‘putting the birds to sleep’). Return to your hotel for the evening and maybe cool off with a swim in the pool.

icon check Day 6 : Kuntaur

Catch a few extra winks this morning before an 8.30 am departure into The Gambia. Cross the border and deal with associated formalities, then continue east to Kuntaur. Arrive at around 1.30 pm and eat a late lunch at this evening’s accommodation. Then, head to the nearby Wassu Stone Circle, another World Heritage-listed antiquity known by some as West Africa’s Stonehenge. The mysterious circle is made up of 11 slabs of laterite that experts believe were set in place between AD 500—1000. Spend some time contemplating the secrets of the stones and learning about the other archaeological finds made at the site.

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Take a 2.5-hour morning cruise on the mighty Gambia River, heading for an archipelago called the Baboon Islands. If you’re lucky, it might be possible to see crocodiles, hippos, monkeys and lizards during your time on the water. Cruise close to the shore and you may also see the chimpanzees who reside on the islands thanks to the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project. Return to land and enjoy a free afternoon. There are plenty of optional activities on offer. Maybe take a guided walk through the local villages and rice fields or organise a guided excursion to a nearby baobab forest. The latter offers a rare opportunity to see these ancient trees (that are under attack from climate change) along with plenty of bird varieties, monkeys and pigs that call the forest home. Back at your accommodation, perhaps relax at the riverside restaurant.

icon check Day 8 : Kassagne

Begin the day with a short drive followed by a ferry to Janjanbureh (Georgetown). Take a 45-minute tour of the colonial and historic buildings that remain in town, including the Governor's compound, a former slave house and the local market. Continue to Kassagne (approximately 4 hours), arriving in the mid-afternoon at your riverside accommodation. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you please, so maybe explore your surroundings a little. Your lodgings tonight are set deep in the Gambia inlands, making for a lush and serene environment.

icon check Day 9 : Kassagne

Maybe take advantage of a chance to sleep in, because today you are free to do whatever you’d like. There are a range of optional activities on offer at your accommodation. Maybe head out in search of birds on a guided nature walk or take a cruise in a traditional boat and look for sea otters. It is also possible to take a full-day history tour to learn more about the historic slave trade in the area, take a cooking class, visit the nearby markets and plenty more. Of course, if you’d prefer it is always possible to kick back and relax.

icon check Day 10 : Kartong

Take a 1.5-hour drive to the coastal village of Kartong, arriving in the mid-morning at your eco-lodge. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day to explore or relax at your leisure. Why not take advantage of a complimentary local village tour guided by a member of staff and learn more about how your accommodation operates as a community-based tourism initiative. You could also choose to hire a bike, go birdwatching or simply relax on the sandy shore of the deserted beach that lies just 100 metres from the accommodation.

icon check Day 11 : Banjul

Make the approximately 2-hour drive to Banjul, capital city of The Gambia. Head straight for your accommodation, situated on the sandy shores of Kotu Beach. Enjoy a free day to relax and unwind in the sunshine, perhaps taking part in an optional fishing excursion or taking a stroll through Banjul. The lively Albert Market is a great place to spend a few hours wandering if you want to pick up some souvenirs.

icon check Day 12 : Toubab Dialao

Depart Banjul on the early ferry at around 7 am for a 1-hour journey to the other side of the river, followed by a 1-hour drive to the Senegal frontier. Once the border formalities are out of the way, head straight for Joal Fadiouth (approximately 3 hours), a village set on an island made from clam shells that you will explore by pirogue. Enjoy lunch at this unique spot before continuing to Toubab Dialao (approximately 2 hours), a village on the Petite Cote (which roughly translates as the Small Side). If road conditions are optimal, you’ll arrive in the late afternoon. Maybe watch the sunset from the beach your accommodation is situated on.

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The final day of your tour has arrived. An airport transfer is included, though please note this needs to be organised at least two weeks prior to trip commencement. The airport is an approximately 40-minute drive from the accommodation, so please factor that into your plans for the day. If you wish to spend more time here (and we don’t blame you!), we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). To arrange this, speak to your agent at the time of booking.

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Meals

12 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
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Transport

Private Vehicle, Motorised Pirogue, Boat, Ferry
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Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Nomadic Tent (1 night), Lodge (3 nights), Basic Hotel (3 nights)
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Included Activities

  • Georgetown - Walking Tour

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Nov 21, 2020
Dec 03, 2020
$2,415
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Dec 28, 2020
Jan 09, 2021
$2,415
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Jan 09, 2021
Jan 21, 2021
$2,415
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Mar 27, 2021
Apr 08, 2021
$2,415
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Nov 20, 2021
Dec 02, 2021
$2,415
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Dec 27, 2021
Jan 08, 2022
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Hotel Al Baraka

35 Rue Abdoul Karim Bourgi

Dakar

SENEGAL

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Sobo Bade Hotel

30 Bargny Sur Mer

Toubab Dialao

Dakar

SENEGAL

icon readmoreicon minusImportant information

1. As an expedition trip it requires a minimum of 4 people to depart. Please do not book any non-refundable flights or services before the trip is guaranteed to depart.

2. An optional single supplement is available on all nights of this trip, subject to availability. Please refer to your booking agent for further information.

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All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

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FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms. BALCONIES: Some hotel balconies don't meet western standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm. TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware! SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts. PICK POCKETING & PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking at night and encourage you to walk in groups and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing. WATER SAFETY: Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water. TRAVEL ADVICE & TRAVEL INSURANCE We recommend that you check your government's advice in relation to the areas you will be visiting for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns. For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field: www.intrepidtravel.com/safety

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PASSPORT

As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

VISAS

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

SENEGAL:

Currently, visas are not required in advance for travel to Senegal for citizens of the United Kingdom and the United States. For other nationalities, please see list below. It is advised that all nationalities should check with a Senegal Embassy for up to date information.

Australia: Yes - In advance

Belgium: Yes - In advance

Canada: Yes - In advance

Germany: Yes - In advance

Ireland: Yes - In advance

Netherlands: Yes - In advance

New Zealand: Yes - In advance

South Africa: Yes - in advance

Switzerland: Yes - In advance

UK: Not required

USA: Not required

You must obtain a double entry visa and this should be obtained prior to your arrival and you may require a guarantee letter / hotel confirmation letter from Intrepid as part of your visa application.

Australia and New Zealanders should use the Senegalese embassy in Malaysia as their closest option. For other nationalities the embassy in the UK may be the most convenient and you may require a guarantee letter from Intrepid as part of your visa application.

Starting your trip in Dakar

It may be possible to obtain your visa on arrival at Dakar Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport, but you

must have obtained prior approval BEFORE YOUR FLIGHT (please do this well in advance) using the

website http://www.snedai.sn/en/

THE GAMBIA:

Australia: No - Not required

Belgium: Yes - In advance

Canada: Yes - In advance

Germany: No - Not required

Ireland: No - Not required

Netherlands: Yes - In advance

New Zealand: No - Not required

South Africa: Yes - in advance

Switzerland: Yes - In advance

UK: No - Not required

USA: Yes - In advance

Some nationalities require a visa to visit The Gambia. If you require a visa it must be obtained in advance from an embassy overseas. Citizens of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and some other countries do not need a visa for a stay of less than 90 days. Citizens of the USA, Canada, South Africa and some other countries do need a visa and should apply to their nearest Gambian embassy and ensure that the visa is obtained before arrival.

icon readmoreicon minusWhy we love it

Take a morning cruise by pirogue into the mangrove-lined wetlands of the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, keeping a special eye out for pelicans, purple herons and cormorants.

Watch as thousands of birds of all shapes, sizes and varieties fill the dusk sky above the Saloum Delta during a nightly migration known as ‘putting the birds to sleep.’

Contemplate the mystery of the ancient laterite slabs that make up the Wassu Stone Circle during a visit to the archaeological site known as West Africa’s Stonehenge.

Look out for crocodiles, hippos and monkeys during a cruise around the Baboon Islands. You might even be lucky enough to spot the chimpanzees in their island sanctuary.

Finish your trip with days spent on the sandy beaches of The Gambia and Senegal, taking in the surf culture of West Africa that few travellers see.

icon readmoreicon minusIs this trip right for you

This is an expedition trip and is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

This itinerary includes one night in a nomadic tent in Lompoul and 2 nights at a basic hotel in Kuntaur. These accommodations are below the usual Intrepid Original standard however we believe the experience will make up for any lack of comfort.

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YELLOW FEVER

A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip.

DRINKING WATER:

As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it may contain much higher levels of different minerals than the water you are used to at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Many hotels and lodges provide safe drinking water, while bottled water is another alternative. Water consumption should be about two litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.

MALARIA:

There is no commercially available vaccination against malaria, which is transmitted by mosquito bites and is a risk in many less-developed tropical areas in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia. Protection against mosquito bites is essential and where the risk is considered high, anti-malarial medications are recommended. Anti-malarial medications should be discussed with experts as there are different medications available and not all medications suit all people or all destinations. Where malaria is considered prevalent in mountainous regions we prefer that trekkers to altitude try to avoid the use of mefloquine (Lariam) if possible.

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Hotels and your group leader will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances, however your diet may be limited more than you are used to. Please notify your sales consultant at the time of booking of any dietary requirements plus your group leader in your group meeting at the start of the trip.

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When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.

Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).

Please note: all recommendations for additional costs, tipping etc. are in USD. You will need to convert these into the relevant local currency.

MEALS NOT INCLUDED

For lunches not included, a budget of USD10 to USD15 per meal will be more than sufficient.

For dinners not included, your leader will normally recommend options and restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.

These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget or are happy to try local food, you can eat cheaper than this.

If you want to try just the finest food at the finest restaurants, then you can expect meals to cost as much as in western countries.

TIPPING

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is an appropriate way to thank them. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.

Usually the equivalent of around USD7 to USD14 per person, per day to cover tips is fine.

TIPPING GUIDE

To give you a bit of guidance, we’ve put together the following tipping notes. These are just suggestions, based on feedback from past travellers and our staff on the ground.

- Your crew (including leaders, drivers and cooks where applicable) – The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline USD2 to USD4 per staff member, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

- Local guides – Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest around USD2 per person, per day for local guides.

- Basic restaurants – When checking the bill, if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.

TIPPING KITTY

Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, your leader might raise the idea of a group tipping kitty. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running this kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips as you go. The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This kitty does not include tips for your leader and crew.

EMERGENCY FUNDS

We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.

CREDIT CARDS, ATMS AND MONEY EXCHANGE:

Credit cards are generally accepted in tourist shops and some restaurants across Africa. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only. Foreign currency is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates.

With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognised, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. If you're on a multi-country tour, your tour leader will be able to give you an approximate idea of how much money you may need for your stay in each country.

PLEASE NOTE: Many businesses and banks in Africa, especially East Africa, do not accept US dollar notes older than 2006. If you are bringing USD, we strongly recommend large bills in good condition, 2006 series onwards only. Any old or damaged notes may not be accepted.

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Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.

ESSENTIALS:

- Closed in shoes. As most of our trips include some bush walking we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.

- Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, some warm items for the evenings, and long shirts and pants for protection against mosquitoes in the malaria areas. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. Some people like to take jeans for evenings out but they can be tough to dry and should not be used for trekking. Avoid nylon and other synthetics, which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather. Ex-military or military style clothing and equipment is NOT recommended.

- Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

RECOMMENDED:

- Warm clothes for cool mornings and evenings

- Personal medical kit. Large kits will be on hand at the lodges and from your leader (on trips that have a dedicated trip leader) but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes and bandaids.

- Insect repellent.

- Water bottle. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

- Camera with spare battery or power bank.

OPTIONAL:

- Ear plugs to guard against a snoring room-mate.

- A good book, a journal or smart phone with music player.

- An umbrella for shade

- Guide book

LUGGAGE LIMIT:

Please keep your luggage to a minimum. We recommend against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store.

VALUABLES:

Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safe. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

CONSERVATIVE DRESS FOR WOMEN:

In many parts of Africa women travelers should dress modestly as there is a wide range of cultural differences. Wear skirts or shorts that reach just above the knee and tops that cover shoulders at a minimum. If visiting coastal areas wear a cover-up when you step off the beaches.

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Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden.

Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking, and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption.

The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. Your group leader has the right to remove any member of the group for breaking any of these rules, with no right of refund.

If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information.

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After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

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GENERAL ISSUES ON YOUR TRIP

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on the number below:

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http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

Our Responsible Travel Policy outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip leaders, suppliers and staff are trained on these principles, and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel.

Explore the different parts of our Responsible Travel Policy by visiting:

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/responsible-travel

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This itinerary includes one night in a nomadic tent in Lompoul and 2 nights at a basic hotel in Kuntaur. These accommodations are below the usual Intrepid Original standard however we believe the experience will make up for any lack of comfort.

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Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

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As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS:

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Essential Trip Information. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

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ITINERARY CHANGES:

Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour.

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Hotel (5 nights),Nomadic Tent (1 night),Lodge (3 nights),Basic Hotel (3 nights)

13 Days from$2,415

START: Dakar

FINISH: Dakar

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