Solidarity Trip to Senegal

Solidarity Experience in Senegal. Discover Senegal on a trip that will change your life

bike type

Duration

8 days

Profile

Low Level Sports

Distance and slope

162 km / +0 m

Trip Summary

Can you imagine that a bicycle helped change lives?

Bikefriendly takes you to Senegal on a solidarity bike trip  that will allow you to see first-hand the project Bicycles for Education.

PROJECT

This is a wonderful initiative of the NGO Bicycles Without Borders that is helping improve school performance rates and of students who go on to university in the institutes where it has been launched.

With these solidarity trip to Senegal with Bicycles Without Borders, you will live a unique adventure that will change your life and will help to improve a little that of the students in Senegal who will be able to access a bicycle to go to school every day, thanks to the contributions that we will make from Bikefriendly for each participant on the trip.

For each registered person, Bikefriendly contributes €150 to the Bicycles Without Borders project in Senegal.

Date and availability

From November 30 to December 7, 2024
€1295 (€1395 from September 1)
From 12 to 19 of April 2025
€1295 (€1395 from December 31)
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Private Groups

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Trip description

THE TRIP BY BIKE OR WALKING

During the trip, we will five stages by bicycle that will allow us to pedal on the sand that covers the streets of many of the towns and villages in the Sine-Saloum region. Areas in which young people who attend daily classes live Palmarin or Boyard institutes and they have to walk, on average, 10 kilometers a day to get to school.

In addition to living the experience of touring the savannah through endless white sand beaches, thatched villages, majestic baobab forests and places as incredible as the fishing port of Djiffer; This solidarity trip to Senegal will allow us to meet the promoters of Bicycles Without Borders in Senegal, to the young people who have already accessed a bicycle thanks to them, to the teachers who are involved in helping all of this happen and to people like Marcel, who have managed to improve their job prospects by working as bicycle mechanics in high schools.

THE BAOBIKES

We will also know the bicycle factory with its own brand that has promoted Bicicletas Sin Fronteras in Palmarin. In this workshop, which trains and employs young people from the area, it mounts the baobikes, beautiful yellow bicycles designed by Momabikes and Tannus, which have allowed the project to stop depending on donations of second-hand bicycles and which also help homogenize the type and model of bicycle that each child accesses, thus eliminating inequalities .

With the financial contribution of the 20 places in this edition, Bikefriendly gives up its benefit, donating a percentage of the income to sponsor a baobike for each traveler.

IMMENSE THE LOCAL CULTURE

During this solidarity trip to Senegal you will not be a tourist. You will soak up the culture and way of life of the inhabitants of Sine-Saloum. You will discover authentic solidarity. You will eat with your hands, you will attend Senegalese struggle events, you will learn inspiring stories that will change the way you see things...

Don't miss out on this experience and sign up for this Solidarity Trip with Bicycles Without Borders.

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Itinerary

Saturday, March 23: the big game

Each participant will fly from their home airport to Dakar Blaise Diagne Airport. We will coordinate the groups that fly from Madrid and Barcelona. At the Blaise Diagne airport we will all meet and take a private bus that will take us to Palmarin.

Distance

20 Km

Elevation

+0m

Sunday, March 24: briefing and visit to Djiffer

We will begin visiting the facilities of the “Bicycles for Education” project in Point Veló, where we will meet the staff in charge of managing the project and take the fatbikes.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Djiffer fishing port, at the mouth of the Saloum River, where we will get lost in the sandy streets until we see the colorful boats full of fish and the mountains of shells and shellfish drying in the sun.
At low tide, we can travel more than 12 kilometers of extensive and deserted Atlantic beach. A beautiful cycling route that will help you feel more relaxed pedaling on the sand…

Distance

33 Km

Elevation

+0m

Monday, March 25: Visit to two institutes of the solidarity project and afternoon in Simal

This day we will visit the infrastructure of the “Bicycles for Education” project in two of the institutes in the area: Samba Dia and Fimela, the administrative capital of several communities in the delta.
We will spend the afternoon in Simal, where we will visit a craft market and take a good swim among the local people.

Distance

46 km

Elevation

+0m

Tuesday, March 26: The authentic African steppe

Bike day for the authentic african steppe. During our route we will pass through villages hidden among baobabs and palm trees. A landscape where the iron red of the earth predominates above all.
Route in which the sun reminds us how hard the journeys are for children who go to school along these same roads.

Wednesday, March 27: Visit to the Palmarin institute and cultural gymkhana in Ngallou

A day without a bike where coexistence and integration with the local population will be the main protagonist

In the morning, we will visit the Bicycles without Borders project at the Palmarin institute and we will see the Bikefriendly hangar, the seed that has transformed a wish into reality: to be able to share this magnificent project with all of you.
Afterwards we will do a cultural gymkhana in the town of Ngallou and we will take advantage of the rest of the day to socialize and play sports with the young people of the town.

Distance

27 km

Elevation

+0m

Thursday, March 28: Visit to Mar Lodj in pirogue and African dances

The pirogue itinerary begins in the tourist town of Ndangane and travel through the mangroves, passing through the Island of Birds until reaching the Mar Lodj island, where a traditional meal awaits us.
After visiting the town and resting in the paradisiacal Rastafarian cabin, we will return to the pirogues that will take us through the mangroves to the Akulé pier, near Palmarin.
We will do one last stretch by bike from the Akulé pier to the accommodation.

Distance

21 km

Elevation

+0m

Friday, March 29: Ndangane, savanna tour

We will visit one of the most beautiful areas of Palmarin, full of baobabs, palm trees and salt wells, where we can see how women work hard collecting them.
We will tour the Palmarin Nature Reserve on a fatbike along its sandy tracks admiring the savanna and the views of the mangroves and salt flats.
In the afternoon there will be the option to do an extra activity (not included in the trip): take a cart ride visiting the hyena refuge within the Natural Reserve or take a tour of the mangroves with a kayak.

Saturday, March 30: time to say goodbye

We will enjoy the local community and the group one last time before saying goodbye.
In the morning we will return to Point Veló, where we met our wonderful guides and the creators of this project. We will return the bikes and have the rest of the morning free to say goodbye to the local people and make final purchases before taking the bus that will take us back to Dakar airport and boarding each group on the plane to their city of origin.
Time to return home with a head full of memories and new friendships.

Included services

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Transfer

Transfer from Dakar airport to Palmarín on the first day of the program and return on the last day of the program.

Accommodation

7 nights of accommodation and breakfast in shared cabins.

Full board

Lunch and dinner at local restaurants, includes water, other drinks not included.

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Directed outputs

We will have a guide, mechanical service closing the group and a support vehicle.

Refreshments en route

Refreshment stations during the routes, with water and fruit.

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Tourist visits

Guides and tourist activities indicated in the program.

Bike rental

Fatbike rental every day.

Flights

Help in the management and purchase of flights to Dakar from your place of origin.

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Bikefriendly donation

For each registered person, Bikefriendly contributes €150 to the Bicycles Without Borders project in Senegal for the rental of bikes and the support service.

Not included

Flights

Round trip flights to Dakar Blaise Diagne Airport.

Lunch and dinner drinks.

All drinks at lunch and dinner, except water.

Vaccines

Vaccinations and medications necessary during the trip

Not included.

Any service not detailed in the Included Services section.

Additional to hire

Assistance and cancellation insurance

It is mandatory to have assistance and cancellation insurance, which you can purchase with us or from another company.

*Check our cancellation policy.

Testimonials

FAQs

How do you do flights?
Once the minimum number of participants is guaranteed, we will contact those who have formalized the pre-reservation and we will give you instructions
This is a trip where the bike is the means and we will use it for daily trips, but we are not going to beat ourselves up. It's about enjoying and getting to know the project, the country, its people and its culture. We will stop as many times as necessary to take photos, interact with people and rest somewhere.
The best thing is that you always carry what you are used to eating to avoid any downturn and that you can eat on the road whenever you need it. At the aid stations you can refill the bottle and eat fruit.
We will try, but you have to understand that we are in Senegal and the variety of food is very limited. At the end of the reservation, we will contact you and send you a form with some relevant questions: contact in case of emergency, allergies and intolerances, health problems,...
At the International Vaccination Center in your area, there are experts who will tell you the guidelines to follow. Request an appointment when you make your trip reservation.

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