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Senegal and Gambia River Cruise SE

Tour Duration 11 Days
  • Pelicans at Djoudj, Senegal
  • Gambia River cruise
  • Wassu Stone Circles
  • Beach barbeque, Saloum Delta
  • Beach of Isle de Goree
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Tour Comfort: Standard
 

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9 , 19/12/13

Name

Patricia Sharp

Tour Name

Senegal and Gambia River Cruise

Tour Code

SE

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

I have been back 4 weeks now and can't get thoughts of this visit to Africa out of my head. So much to see and so many experiences. Bird life was exquisite. Especially in Senegal tourists appeared to be 'under suspician' and food was as expected basic as were some toilets. The Gambiam people were very welcoming and less demanding. Sleeping under the stars on the Gambian boat, surrounded by the mosquito net was awsome. Overall to see this country with its poor roads and culture was a priviledge. THANKYOU EXPLORE

Tour Leader Name

BaBa

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Tour leader BaBa and driver Baks were the salt of the earth. Baba had so many problems to sort out, even in his own country... I was proud to have him as tour leader. He was also frank about the culture and religion of both countries and happily enjoyed an after dinner discussion about these. It was good to see that where ever we went, where Baba had been there before, he was well respected by all the people we met who knew him. Also at the Hotel in St Louis... we were treated poorly on our first night so he took us somewhere else to eat for the rest of the visit. I did feel that the local guides who came in at various times were not as knowlegible as Baba with even their wild life knowledge.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Be prepared for long journeys in a "bumpy bus". Bring a few "emergency cereal bars" Be prepared for "African time" service in the hotels. Have lots of wet-wipes. Bring all our old tee shirts to give to Baba for distribution.... but most of all enjoy the experience of being in West Africa, (remember it is mostly muslim)... it will live with you forever.

 
9 , 06/12/13

Name

Taylor

Tour Name

Senegal and Gambia River Cruise

Tour Code

SE

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

There were several: langue de Barbarie, Gambia River Cruise, crossing Sine Saloum in a pirogue. there were also some low lights - the long journey st Louis to Georgetown, with vehicle problems and temperatures in excess of 40 deg. Waiting at Kaolak for several hours. Dakar suburbs are extensive and ghastly. We never went to the location (with the two women) pictured in the tour notes - where is it?

Tour Leader Name

Baba Galleh

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Baba was excellent in every way and a very good drummer as well. I even forgive him the snoring (river boat). Attentive to our every need and obviously well respected by all the hotels/local guides we used. A lovely man.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Brace yourself - it's debilitatingly hot upriver. There is an awful lot of rubbish, mainly polythene, all over the country. After the initial shock you kind of see past it...

 
10 , 15/08/13

Name

John Sturley

Tour Code

SE

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Isle de Goree and the Gambia River Cruise

Tour Leader Name

Baba

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Excellent and very accommodating. His knowledge of the birds of the region and history of SeneGambia was very good.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Take your binoculars - this trip is for serious birders.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

It can get very hot (we generally experienced temperatures in the 30's Celsius) and it peaked at 46°C!

 
10 Susan Bradford, 26/11/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Everything from Tendaba onwards was the best

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Our Response

Everyone can sleep on the upper deck on the boat, and they usually do, actually on the deck.  There should not be any diesel fumes even on the lower deck – the boat is moored overnight in the middle of the river with the engines not running, so there should not be an issue with this.

 
 
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