Senegal and Gambia river cruise holiday

“Spend two weeks cruising the national parks, rivers, mangroves and wetlands of Senegal and the Gambia. Oyster fishing villages and stone circles – oh, and thousands of birds – included.”

Highlights

Dakar | Island of Goree | Pink Lake | Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary | Saint-Louis | Langue de Barberie National Park | Touba city | Georgetown | Gambia River cruise | Wassu Stone Circles | Tendaba | Kiang West National Park | Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve | Saloum Delta National Park

Description of Senegal and Gambia river cruise holiday

Villages balanced on oyster shells, seaside ex-slaver cities, world-important wetlands – this unconventional cruise around Senegal and the Gambia reveals two sides of a wildlife-rich waterscape. It’s less a one-ship journey and more a jigsaw of boat trips, including a two-day sailing on a converted groundnut vessel.

Senegal has a distinctly French flavour. It’s not just the language, either. Towns like Saint-Louis are a jumble of 19th-century colonial buildings, while the House of Slaves on Island of Goree documents the dark days of the French slave trade. You’ll travel by boat into Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, where up to 15,000 pelicans dive for fish and crocodiles and pythons cut the waters.

A border-hop to the Gambia will show you the other half of this watery world. A cruise up the Gambia River shows off hippo country, and on some evenings you’ll get to stay in riverside rondavel cottages. Best of all, you’ll get a real insight into the lives and landscapes of these West African countries – from the mysterious Wassu Stone Circles to the oyster shell islands of Saloum Delta National Park.

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31 Oct 2021
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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It is always our aim to show you the real country and this tour combines all that is best in this corner of West Africa, from the wildlife, historic cities and beautiful natural heritage. We’ll see the main sites but there are also many opportunities to learn about local life on visits to villages.

In order to give you the best experience we use local crew throughout this tour who can give that unique insight into their culture and customs which really enhances our trip, as well as generating local employment and delivering direct economic benefits to the areas we are travelling in.

Our visit to Fadiout is a great example as this community run visit not only is a great experience for us but delivers economic benefits to the village as a whole. Aboard our riverboat we also have a great opportunity to learn about Gambian culture from our local crew…and quite possibly some lessons in Gambian cookery too! We also do this by using locally owned hotels, many of which buy their food produce from local suppliers, and spreading our business to a variety of local restaurants. We visit several national parks on our tour. Conscious that these are fragile environments, we try to minimise our impact by adhering to strict environmental guidelines and educating crew and customers on the ‘do’s and don’ts’.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
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3 Reviews of Senegal and Gambia river cruise holiday

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Reviewed on 31 Jan 2019 by

The birdlife was spectacular- high numbers and close views. Learning about the culture and seeing the people and landscape. The overnight river cruise was fabulous as expected. Accommodation much better standard than I expected. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2018 by

We had an excellent leader and driver. The birds we saw were great but apart from that, i don't think these two countries have much else to offer. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2016 by

The overnight on the boat, sleeping under the stars with the mattresses and mosquito nets on the deck Read full review

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