Day 1: May 4th, 2016


Arrive Dulles International Airport/Washington, D.C. (IAD) three hours in advance of your flight, South African Airways (SA) flight #208 departing for Dakar, Senegal at 5:40 p.m.


Day 2: May 5th, 2016

Goree Island

Arrive Dakar at 5:30 a.m., where you will be met after exiting Immigrations at the airport by our representatives. Begin your drive to Banjul, The Gambia, driving through the Senegalese countryside and stopping for lunch enroute. Stop at and cross the Senegalese/Gambian border and proceed to the ferry that will take you on an unforgettable ride to the capital city of Banjul. Check into Senegambia Hotel.

At 7:00 p.m. depart from your hotel for the official Festival Welcome Reception and Dinner, “Night of the Griots” at the Ebunjan Theater, location in Kanifing.

Overnight at Senegambia Hotel. B


Day 3: May 6th, 2016

Banjul/Roots Festival Welcome

Official Festival Opening
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for the Official Opening of the 12th Edition of the International Roots Festival, presided over by His Excellency The President of the Republic of The Gambia, Sheikh Professor Alhagi Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. Enjoy Official Opening Speeches and participate in the carnival procession of masquerades and cultural entertainment. Later that evening a Musical Jamboree is scheduled in the Independence Stadium Bakau featuring local and international artists.

Overnight at Senegambia Hotel. B


Day 4: May 7th, 2016:

City Tour of Banjul

After breakfast at your hotel depart for a city tour of Banjul, capital city of The Gambia and a former British colony. Visit the historical museum, the Anglican Church, the huge Alberta Market, colorful with medicinal herbs, colorful tie dye fabrics, etc. Continue on to visit places of cultural interest including the National Museum, Kachikally, the sacred Crocodile Bakau. In the afternoon enjoy visual arts, a craft exhibition, cultural entertainment and shopping at the Bakadaji Hotel grounds in Kotu.

Overnight at Senegambia Hotel. B


Day 5: May 8th, 2016:

Roots Pilgrimage

After breakfast you will depart for the Roots Pilgrimage, a day’s journey by road and by boat to the villages of Juffureh, village of Alex Haley ancestry as told in the award winning novel, Roots; Albreda, and Kunta Kinteh Island, formerly James Island, where you will meet the village elders and the Kinteh family. The day’s pilgrimage will also include a visit to other sites of historical importance including the Slavery Museum.

Accommodations at Senegambia Hotel. BL


Day 6: May 9th, 2016:


After breakfast, depart from your hotel and drive straight to Kanilai Village, Foni Kansala for FUTAMPAF, the full day’s Rites of Passage, wherein you will be adopted by a Gambian family and become a Gambian citizen. FUTAMPAF is a Jola initiation ceremony hosted by His Excellency The President of The Republic of The Gambia. Gambian names will be given to initiates, cultural dances and kumpo masquerades will be featured.

Dinner and overnight at Kanilai Village. BL


Day 7: May 10th, 2016

Symposium, Final African Gala Dinner & Awards

After breakfast depart in the early morning for your return trip to Banjul. A symposium will be held at Kairaba Beach Hotel featuring various national and international speakers. In the evening, enjoy your final African Gala Dinner—The Taste of Africa—and Awards Night at Senegambia Beach Hotel Garden.

Overnight at Senegambia Hotel. BD

Dinner and overnight at Kanilai Village. BL


Day 8: May 11th, 2016

Depart for Dakar

After breakfast check out of the hotel by 12:00 noon, transfer to the ferry and begin your drive back to Dakar, enjoying sightseeing enroute. Upon arrival in Dakar relax and enjoy dinner at a Senegalese Restaurant before transferring to the airport in Dakar for South African flight 207. Proceed through security, check-in and board your flight which will depart very early the next morning.


Day 9: May 12th, 2016

Board South African flight #207, departing at 1:55 a.m., and arrive Dulles International Airport at 6:25 a.m.

Additional information

DestinationSenegal, The Gambia
Duration10 days
OccupancyDouble, Single

Senegal remains one of our most popular tour packages. Only seven hours from New York City or Washingtown DC, a combination tour of Senegal and Gambia provides great value for the budget-minded, and those with limited time. If you are planning your first trip to Africa, the choice of Senegal is certain to generate lasting memories.

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive 3 Hrs early for a smooth check-in process
Professional Tour Guide Meals
Double-Occupanc Transportation in mini-coach
Entry Visa
Personal expenses while on tour

Dakar, Senegal Info
Novotel: 4*
Avenue A.Fadiga
BP : 20 73
Tel: 22 33 849 6161
Email: Dakar.reservation@accor.com

Laico, The Gambia
Laico Atlantic Hotel
Tel: (to be provided)

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