Senegal: Never Mind the Mbalax - Music tours - Master Travel

Senegal: Never Mind the Mbalax

17th - 26th November 2017

Regular price Deposit for this tour: £190 Sale

Songlines Music Travel, in association with Master Travel, invites music lovers and travellers to explore the sights and sounds of Senegal. Situated on the most Western tip of Africa, Senegal boasts a fascinating history, wonderful dance music, beautiful beaches, great cuisine and an abundance of wildlife.

Full Tour Price: £1,895 Dates: 17/11/17 - 26/11/17 | Duration: 10 days

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Friday 17th November: Dakar (B)

AM/PM: Arrive in Dakar and transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure to relax after your flight..
EVE: Meet the tour leader and the rest of your group in the hotel lobby, before heading out for your first night in Dakar.

Saturday 18th November: Dakar (B)

AM/PM: We will Explore the city on a guided tour, including a visit to the IFAN Museum of African Arts. 
EVE: Following dinner in the city centre, discover some of the city’s best music venues.

Sunday 19th November: Ngor Island (B)

AM/PM: After a late night, we will take a day trip to the paradise of Ngor Island for a day of relaxation, exploration and swimming or surfing.
EVE: We will Head back to Dakar for dinner and more music. 

Monday 20th November: Dakar – Saint Louis (B)

AM: Drive approx 200 miles to Saint Louis. Along the way, stop at a forest of baobab trees, and visit the fishing port of Kayar and Lac Rose – the pink lake of Senegal.
PM: Check into the hotel and have a walk on the beach or swim in the pool before dinner.

Tuesday 21st November: Saint Louis (B)

AM: Explore Saint Louis on a guided walking tour.
PM: Take part in a specially organised djembe class on the beach.

Wednesday 22nd November: Saint Louis (B)

AM/PM: Day trip to the Djoudj National Park and Bird Sanctuary.
EVE: Check out the sounds of St Louis at some local bars.

Thursday 23rd November: Saint Louis – Dakar (B)

AM: Morning at leisure to relax at the beach or to have a final wander around the streets of Saint Louis.
PM: Drive back to Dakar, visiting a tapestry workshop along the way.
EVE: Head out for dinner and to check out some more local bands.

Friday 24th November: Gorée (B)

AM/PM: Take a ferry to Gorée Island to explore and learn about its slave trade history.

Saturday 25th November: Dakar (B)

AM/PM: Spend the day exploring the markets of Dakar, meeting local painters and sculptors in the Artists village.
EVE: Saturday is the best night of the week for music, so we will visit the best music venues in the city.

Sunday 26th November (B)

After breakfast our tour ends, so we will say farewell and head off on our onwards journey.

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    The cost includes

    • Accommodation: Nine nights’ accommodation on a twin share basis, with breakfast included. Single rooms available upon payment of a supplement
    • Airport transfers
    • All ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
    • All visits and live music as per the itinerary
    • The services  of two Songlines Music Travel leaders
    • Pre-departure information

    The cost excludes

    • International flights to/from Dakar
    • Travel insurance. Please ensure your purchase adequate insurance cover before you leave home
    • Any necessary visas. Please note that British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Senegal for up to 3 months
    • Tips to hotel staff, drivers and guides
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Alcoholic drinks, snacks or any purchases of a personal nature
    • Anything not specified in the inclusions and itinerary above

    Tour leader: Corinna Fiora


    "Communication expert and freelance copy-writer during the day and soulful singer at night (I-Science lead vocalist), I have been living in Senegal for the past 11 years. During my time here I have had the opportunity to expand and develop my creative skills and pan-african network. I am currently working on my band's second album and developing a series of jazz-fusion improvisation events at the brand new jazz venue La Cave du Djoloff. I also have a number of on-going collaborations with other local musicians and visual artists."

    Feedback from previous Songlines trips

    “This was an absolutely fantastic and inspirational trip. It was eye-opening, mind-blowing and constantly surprising.”

    Andy Stanton, Songlines Senegal