Learn to harvest oysters in the mangroves

Did you know that the Casamance river produces excellent oysters? They grow on the roots of the mangrove trees and are farmed by the women of the Diola ethnic group. In the past, women harvested oysters by cutting the roots of the plants, a practice that slowed reproduction of the species and threatened their disappearance. To contribute to the preservation of the mangroves, the women of the village of Nyaguis introduced a new, sustainable harvesting method that allows them to engage in the economically-productive activity of selling fresh and dried oysters in a way that is respectful of the ecosystem. 

By participating in this workshop, you will experience the extraordinary work carried out by these women, and you will learn the techniques and traditions of oyster farming, while enjoying a relaxing journey along the river and through the mangroves. You will have the chance to participate hands-on in the women’s everyday activities, which, depending on the season, may consist of making garlands (artisanal tools used to harvest oysters), cleaning oysters, and harvesting oysters.

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31.00

Not included

The price of this activity does not include transportation, flights, meals, or accomodations. 

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:  Nyaguis, Casamance 

Language: French

Included: Opportunity to taste fresh oysters 

What you’ll learn: Sustainable techniques for harvesting and processing / conserving mangrove-grown oysters

Why it’s unique: Walk in the river (recommended to wear bathing suit or shorts,or clothes that may get wet) 

Duration: 3 hours

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Nyaguis: How to get there

If you enjoy “do-it-yourself” travel, we recommend taking public transportation. The village of Nyaguis is located 15 minutes from the city of 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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