Explore the mangrove forests during an excursion down the river

If you’re interested in spending a few hours totally immersed in the natural world of the Casamance, and in having a unique experience with the local community, don’t miss out one of the most beautiful excursions in Senegal! An excursion in a pirogue, the traditional boat used by Senegalese fishermen, will carry you down the river, discovering the landscapes that line the majestic Casamance River, namesake of the region. You will also explore the bird island, where you may admire the rich flora and fauna of mangrove ecosystems. During the activity, you will be accompanied by the pirogue boatman and a local guide, who will point out and explain the species of plants and birds that you encounter, and who will share the history of the region and its traditions. 

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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:  Ziguinchor 

Languages: French, English, Wolof

Included: Expert guide, English translation, boat trip in a pirogue

What you’ll learn: everything related to the flora and fauna of mangrove ecosystems

Duration: 4 hours

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How to get there

If you enjoy “do-it-yourself” travel, we recommend taking public transportation. 

– 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: cosama@orange.sn

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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