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Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mali (17 days)

DMC Africa tour

Included
·  Price Includes:

·  - 16 nights hotel, double occupancy, with breakfast

·  - Day Room in Bamako on the final day

·  - Private ground transportation by four wheel drive vehicle, with driver and fuel

·  - Experienced English-speaking guide throughout

·  - Airport transfers upon arrival in Bamako and departure in Bamako

·  - All hotel taxes and local tourism taxes

·  - All site visit, excursion and entry fees as per tour program.

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·  Price Excludes:

·  - Tourism visas (Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali)

·  - Lunches, dinners, drinks/bottled water

·  - Tips and personal expenses.

DMC Africa tour

DMC Africa tour

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Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Dakar. Arrive in Dakar. Welcome at the airport, and transfer to Hotel Le Savana Dakar. Upon arrival at the hotel, Includes: (D).

Day 2: Dakar

Start a tour of Dakar with its main markets. Visit Kermel Market, Sandaga Market, stop at the President’s Palace and admire its red Spahi guards, stop at the Parliament House, the Cathedral and the Great Mosque. Visit the University going through the residential district of Fann showing the new Senegalese architecture style. Stop at the Millennium Door, one of the newest monuments of Dakar and go through the picturesque district of Medina. In the afternoon, take a boat ride to Goree Island where you will arrive after 20 minutes. Visit the House of Slaves where the curator will deliver a lecture on “300 years of Slave Trading in West Africa.” Visit the ethnographic museum, the Fort and the Memorial of Goree. Stop at the Governor’s Palace and take some time for shopping at the little market of Goree. Return to your hotel. In the evening, your dinner is arranged at a well-known local restaurant in Dakar. Overnight at Hotel Le Savana Includes: (B),


Day3: Dakar/ Saint Louis
Leave Dakar for Saint Louis. On the way, you will visit Pink Lake Retba, meet the “Salt Lake harvesters” drawing salt from the lake, visit the Fulani village on the north bank of the lake. Proceed to Saint Louis, visiting some traditional Wolof villages. Arrive in Saint Louis towards the end of the day. Welcome dinner and overnight at Hotel La Pointe Sud in Saint Louis. Includes: (B), (D).


Day4: Saint Louis

Leave the hotel for a tour of Saint Louis – former capital of Senegal and all French West African settlements. You will admire the charming beauty of this colonial styled city. The historic center of Saint Louis will be visited in horse-drawn carriage. Stop at the Governor’s Palace, visit the fishermen district of Guet Ndar, the district of Ndar Toute with its market, the handicraft village. At noon, proceed by motor canoe to “Langue de Barbarie” Bird Sanctuary, one of the most important ornithological sites of the world. You will admire this beautiful nature reserve between the Atlantic Ocean and the Senegal River. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Le Cap or a similar. Includes: (B),


Day5: Saint Louis/ Banjul

Early morning, leave Saint Louis for Banjul. On the way, you will visit some weekly village markets gathering thousands of villagers, visit villages of various ethnic groups, visit Kaolack and its market famous for its medicinal herbs and its African fabrics. This afternoon, proceed to Barra and on to Banjul. Upon arrival in Banjul, check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Atlantic. Includes: (B), (D).


Day 6: Banjul

On board a yacht you travel to Albreda and Juffure passing Dog Island. Stop at James Island where you visit the remains of the slave stores and the governor’s house, before continuing to Albreda, a major groundnut trading place. A 15-minute walk brings you to Juffure the ancestral village of Alex Haley, the author of the best-seller “Roots”, and the home of “Kunta Kinteh’s family.” On your way lunch and drinks will be served on board. Return to Banjul in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Atlantic. Includes: (B


Day7: Banjul – Bissau
After breakfast and crossing the border into Guinea-Bissau, we continue to travel toward the city of Bissau, including en route stops at many points of interest, particularly at Abuko Natural Reserve and Zangishor. The land now known as Guinea-Bissau was once the kingdom of Gabú, which was part of the larger Mali Empire. The first European to encounter Guinea-Bissau was the Portuguese explorer Nuño Tristão in 1446 and the colonists in the Cape Verde Islands obtained trading rights in the territory
and it became a center of the Portuguese slave trade. In 1879, the connection with the islands was broken, but it remained under Portuguese dependency until 1974. The military coup in Portugal in April 1974 brightened the prospects for freedom and in August the Lisbon government signed an agreement granting independence to the province. The new republic took the name Guinea-Bissau. After arriving in Bissau, we’ll visit the National Museum, where the fold art and handcrafted items are
found, the Mercado (Central Market) for its vibrant atmosphere and fruits and vegetables and the ‘Centro Artistico Juvenil’, where young artists exhibit their wares. Overnight: Residencial Coimbra, www.residencialcoimbra.com, (1 night). Includes: (B, D).


Day8: Bissau-Boke
Breakfast and drive to Boke via Gadamel, Mampata, and lunch in Che-Che drive to Vendu Leidi for the border formalities, then drive to Boke for your overnight


Day9: Boke – Conakry
Breakfast in the early morning and drive to Conakry, the Capital City of Guinea with a population of slightly over one million, is a bustling port city on the Atlantic Ocean full of sights and sounds for both the curious and the adventurous. Part of UNESCO's historic "Slave Route", Guinea was the first African country to benefit from the program of rebuilding the historic sites on the slave route. Will have here the unique opportunity to discover Guinea's "Unspoiled Africa". In the morning we take a sightseeing tour in Conakry and visit the National Museum, the Market Place and will later take
a 30-minute cruise to the Island of Loos. Today will have an unique opportunity to understand Guinea, truly renowned for its artistic and cultural diversity exemplified by songs, dances and traditions.
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Day10: Conakry – Freetown
Breakfast and departure for Freetown, In 1787 the British helped four hundred freed slaves from the United States, Nova Scotia, and Great Britain returned to Sierra Leone to settle in what they called the «Province of Freedom." The area was first settled by freed slaves sent from England around the Cotton Tree which was said to have previously been a slave market. Disease and hostility from the indigenous population nearly eliminated the first group of returnees. This settlement was joined by other groups of freed slaves and soon became known as Freetown. In 1792, Freetown became one of Britain's first colonies in West Africa. It is the largest city and also capital of Sierra Leone. It lies on the Peninsula near the Atlantic coast. Freetown hosts the third largest natural harbour in the world - Elizabeth II Quay, visit of the city, overnight at your hotel


Day11: Freetown – Bo
Breakfast and drive Tagugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Regent tour is strictly at 10.30AM and it must be arranged in advance. Visiting the village of Regent and nearby waterfalls and then 4-hours drive to Bo, the second largest city in Sierra Leone (after the capital, Freetown) and the largest city in southeastern Sierra Leone. The city is located in the Southern Province and lies 155 miles (249 km)[1]
(by road) south-east of Freetown. The city serve as the capital and administrative center of Bo District. After Freetown, Bo is the leading educational, transportational, commercial and cultural center of Sierra Leone, arrival and and city tour overnight at your hotel in Bo Sahara 2Hotel


Day12: Bo – Monrovia
Breakfast and drive to Potoru, then to Kambama. Visiting Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary.
Cross Laberia border to visit the capital city There are several Tourist Attractions in Monrovia which you must visit as part of your Monrovia Tours. Monrovia is the fascinating capital city of Liberia.
Located at the northern portion of the Liberian coast, on the promontory of Cape Mesurado at the mouth of the Mesurado River, Monrovia extends across a series of small islands and peninsulas divided by lagoons. Waterside Market can be regarded as one of the major Tourist Attractions in Monrovia. It is one of the biggest markets in Monrovia and is known for its buying and selling of textile goods. It is a great choice if you want to have a look at the local handicraft products and traditional goods. Check out the African clothes that are brought from various regions and sold in the open markets of Free Port. A bustling place of activities, the market is an excellent place to have a glimpse of the local way of life as people come and mingle and interact here. The next site for Tourist Attractions in Monrovia is surely the National Museum of Liberia. The museum was established in 1958 by an Act of the National Legislature with the objective to collect, preserve and display the cultural artifacts and other historical items representing the glorious history and fascinating culture of the country. The First Floor is the Historical Gallery which displays traditional household utensils, furniture, presidential papers, memoirs and private documents of past Liberian Chief Executives, snaps of colonial Liberian houses, original maps, flag of Liberia and other items. The Second Floor has the Ethnographical Gallery and comprises traditional artifacts, archaeological finds and other objects. Overnight at your hotel in Monrovia. Krystal Oceanview Hotel,  


Day13: Monrovia – Nzerekore – UN Drive, Mamba Point, Waterside Market, Broad Street, National Museum: 7-9AM. Monrovia – Gbarnga (197 km): 9AM-1.20PM. Gbarnga – lunchtime, marketplace, central streets: 1.20-2.20PM. Gbarnga – Ganta (65 km): 2.20-4PM. Liberia – Guinea border formalities: 4-4.40PM. Zimpa - Dieke – Nzerekore (70 km): Check-in to Hotel Le Mont Nimba. Nzerekore – town center, Place des Martyrs: 6.10-6.40PM. Dinner in the hotel or city restaurant


Day14: Nzerekore-Kissidougou
Nzerekore city tour the Market, Village Artisanal, Ethnographic Museum, do the whole city tour and drive to Kissidougou Kissidougou – lunchtime, city tour Predoctoral Museum, overnight at your hotel in Kissidougou


Day15: Kissidougou-Kankan
Breakfast and drive to Kankan to see the market, do the city tour Grand Marche, Grand Mosque, university, Samory Courou: and overnight at your hotel in Kankan Hotel Bate


Day16: Kankan – Bamako
Breakfast Kankan – Siguiri (135 km): 9-10.50AM. Siguiri – town center, French fort and drive to cross Mali border, arrival in the afternoon, lunch and visit the national museum, the big market and the craft center overnight at your Hotel Mande or a similar


Day17: Bamako-departure
Spend the whole days at your leisure, do your last shopping in Bamako big market, departure in the evening for your departure.
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