Discover the sacred plants and trees of the forest

Are you itching to spend a few hours immersed in the wilderness, discovering the indigenous plant life and the sacred trees of the small forests of Djinabatang, this activity is for you! Our good friend and local guide, Landing, is passionate about agro-ecology, and an expert in the flora and fauna of the Casamance. In his hands, you will embark on an excursion through Diannah village and into the forest, where you will have the opportunity to discover the characteristic vegetation, indigenous plants, and local culture of the region. During your walk, Landing will explain the secrets of the animist rituals historically tied to the natural world and its trees and plants. 

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Not included

The cost of the activity does not include transport, flights, meals, and accommodations. If you wish, you can eat lunch at the local restaurant Chez Daba, located not far from the taxi station of Diannah. The restaurant offers traditional dishes prepared with local and organic produce. 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 can be sure to have the meal ready in a timely manner. 

Enjoy Agriculture is committed to promoting local products. We encourage our local partners to sell their farm produce to our clients; you will be able to purchase various traditional delicacies directly from the producers following your experience! 

When: Year-round

Where: Diannah, Casamance

Language: French, English, Wolof 

Included: Guide and a support who can help with English translation (upon request) 

What you’ll learn: How to recognize sacred trees and indigenous plants, and the local animist rituals tied to the natural world 

Duration: 3 hours

Why it’s unique: Local guide and English translator included in the price

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How to get there

If you enjoy “do-it-yourself” travel, we recommend taking public transportation. The village of Diannah, not far from 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 

E-mail: [email protected]

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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