Guinea-Bissau, Senegal - 15 days
West Africa Explorer
Prices from £3,249

Guinea-Bissau Holidays

On this Senegal and Guinea-Bissau tour, travel through an incredible corner of Africa from the Sahel to the tropics on a remarkable journey, taking you through lands where few western travellers have visited. Starting in Dakar we have time to explore this most lively of West African cities before heading out for an overnight stay in the desert – a complete contrast from the urban hustle and bustle. In Djoudj National Park we see one of Africa’s largest gatherings of birdlife, then head to the charming old colonial town of St Louis with its French style architecture, exploring by traditional horse and carriage. We spend time with the semi-nomadic Fulani before travelling to the holy city of Touba, centre of Senegal’s marabout movement and a fascinating place to learn about the spiritual traditions that dominate here. Travelling further south we take a ferry to the Casamance region, where Islam and Christianity never quite managed to dominate; this is the Africa of old, where ancient beliefs and customs are still revered, a world away from the lands we have just crossed. We meet a Dioula monarch and get to grips with the complex belief systems here, visiting a sacred forest where we may see traditional rituals taking place, then cross to the tiny country of Guinea-Bissau. Here we explore the villages of the Manjaco people, experiencing an Africa that few are lucky enough to see. Finally we sail to the stunning Bijagos Islands, home to turtles, saltwater hippos and some of the most traditional cultures in West Africa. This Guinea-Bissau and Senegal tour is a fantastic journey for the Africa enthusiast, going well off the beaten track to show you the hidden delights of an often forgotten region.

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