Guided excursion and organic agriculture

Do you love plants? Are you eager to explore African traditional medicine and sustainable farming? If so, this is the workshop for you! 

In this activity, you will learn about the rich variety of medicinal plants used in Senegal to heal all kinds of maladies, and you will also participate in an introductory lesson on permaculture and regenerative agriculture techniques. You will also be able to understand how to naturally enrich and fertilize the soil through biological processes that maintain a balanced ecosystem. 

This workshop takes place in Kafountine, a fishermen’s village immersed in the tropical vegetation of the Casamance region, near the border with The Gambia and Guinea Bissau. Here, an expert guide will lead you through the community, offering the chance to engage with community members and the local population. The workshop includes the community visit and hands-on activities in a local botanical garden. The garden is run by a training center dedicated to combating rural exodus and  empowering youth through training programs in agricultural entrepreneurship. Enjoy this opportunity to spend a few hours in nature, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and a rich variety of tropical plants!

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Not Included

The cost of the activity does not include transport, flights, meals, and accommodations. The Satang Diabang center offers traditional lunch meals prepared with organic produce from their garden, and you may choose to dine here if you wish. The price per person / meal ranges from 1500 – 2500 FCFA. If you plan to purchase lunch, please communicate your wishes ahead of time so the restaurant team can be sure to have the meal ready in a timely manner.

When: year-round

Where:  Kafountine, Casamance 

Languages: French, English, Wolof 

Included: Guide / facilitator, English translator 

What you’ll learn: How to identify medicinal plants; basic techniques of organic farming (composting, crop rotation, mulching, earthworm composting) 

Why it’s unique: Learn about permaculture in an organic garden

Duration: 3 hours

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Kafountine: How to get there

If you enjoy “do-it-yourself” travel, we recommend taking public transportation. The village of Kafountine is located an hour from the Banjul airport and two hours from Ziguinchor.

– Dakar – Ziguinchor Ferry

There is a boat from Dakar twice a week on Tuesdays and Friday. It departs Dakar around 8 pm and arrives at the Ziguinchor port the following day around 10 am. Boarding takes place between 3 and 6 pm on the day of departure. 

Departures from Ziguinchor take place on Thursdays and Sundays at 1 pm, with arrival scheduled in Dakar the next day around 7 am. Boarding takes place between 11 am and 1 pm on the day of departure. 

You must reserve your ticket in advance: 

In Dakar, visit COSAMA (Consortium Sénégalais d’Activités Maritimes) on Boulevard de la Liberation N°1 (on the corner of the street leading to the port), next to the Gorée Island Embarcadère. 

Dakar Office: 0022133-821-29-00   Ziguinchor Office: 0022133-991-72-00 


To reserve (available by agency), please prepare a photocopy of your passport. 

Fare per person: circa 15,500 FCFA for a couch; 18,500 for a bed in the 8-person dorm; 28,500 FCFA for a bed in the 4-person dorm; 30,500 FCFA for a 2-person private cabin. There is a restaurant on board. 


-Taking a 7-person shared taxi (sept-place) 

From the Dakar taxi garage (Gare Pompiers / Beau Maraichers), take a “sept-place” that goes directly to Ziguinchor. It is important to leave very early in the morning because the trip takes about 10+ hours. The price of a seat in a sept-place car is 9,500 FCFA, with an additional 500 – 1000 FCFA depending on luggage. 

NOTE: The car passes on the Transgambian Road; some passport-holders may need a visa and/or to pay a transit fee to pass through The Gambia. 


-By plane 

There are daily flights offered by Senegal Airlines; flights depart from the Dakar airport and land at the Ziguinchor airport.



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