Located about 150 miles north of Dakar, Saint-Louis was Senegal’s original capital city from 1872 to 1957 and was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000. Named after French King Louis XIV in the 1700s, Saint-Louis is the oldest city to be created by Europeans on the western coast of Africa. The city is known for its French colonial influence and its old town charm.
Enjoy the scenic four-hour drive to Saint-Louis, and on the way, we'll stop at Lake Retba, also known as Pink Lake. Take in the photogenic beauty of this rare natural phenomena which is the result of a high salinity rate and the presence of microorganisms which gives the lake its pink color. We'll take a a four wheel drive tour on the sand dunes surrounding the lake and discover the long stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop to meet hundreds of men and women mining the salt from the rose colored body of water.
Visit a Fulani Nomadic village located along the shores of Pink Lake and get a royal welcome by the village kin for a first hand experience of the African lifestyle.
French Colonial Charm
Once in St. Louis take a horse drawn carriage tour to discover the 250 year old Afrique Occidentale Française of St Louis, the former French Colonial Capital city of Senegal. Along the way we’ll visit various interesting sites and also the picturesque fishermen quarters Guet Ndar.
All That Jazz
The rest of the evening is enjoyed at the official opening of the Saint-Louis Jazz Festival, the most internationally renowned annual jazz festival in West Africa featuring various international musicians and attracting thousands of jazz aficionados from all over.