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Senegalese Music Holidays
November 17 - 26, 2017

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

On this trip, we will visit Dakar, a city pulsating with music, culture and nightlife, as well as the more laid-back coastal town of Saint Louis. With the help of our knowledgeable Songlines Travel Leaders, Corinna Fiora and Ken Aicha Sy, we will visit the best music venues, have the unique opportunity to meet some of the local musicians, as well as enjoy some live sessions.

Highlights include:

  • Getting to know the very best mbalax and hip hop music around the capital
  • Meet with local musicians and communities
  • Thoroughly explore Dakar and Saint Louis, including excursions to the Pink Lake, Djoudj National Park and Bird Sanctuary and the historic Goree Island

All Songlines Music Travellers will receive an information sheet about the local music plus recommended recordings and DVDs.

Senegal-Dakar Mbalax holidays

“I really think these Songlines Music Travel trips are excellent value. You go to a part of the globe that is just so rich in musical culture and you're guided to all the best places by someone who has lived there, speaks the language and loves the music. You can't get better than that.” Maureen Ni Fiann following her SLMT trip to Senegal

Senegal Itinerary

Please note that this is a provisional itinerary only. The final itinerary will be confirmed in your pre-departure pack which will be sent to you 2 weeks before departure.

Friday 17th November: Dakar

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

AM/PM: 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

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

Monday 20th November: Dakar - St Louis

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: St Louis

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

Wednesday 22nd November: St Louis

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

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: Goree

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

Saturday 25th November: Dakar

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: Dakar

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

Pricing Details

Tour price excluding flights to/from Dakar: £1,895 per person.
Early Bird booking: £1,750 per person valid only until 31st July 2017.

For more information on this trip please email or call +44 (0)20 7501 6741