On your arrival at the farm, you will spend the night in either a single or a double/twin room with a private bathroom in one of the farm’s ecolodges. You will have wifi access.
Throughout the ride, you will be staying in a variety of eco-lodges, all chosen by your hosts with great care, giving you the opportunity to meet hospitable Senegalese locals providing comfortable lodgings. These surprising architecturally diverse corners of Senegal are tucked away between immense white sand beaches, on the banks of a bolongs or in the heart of lush vegetation, and will provide a fantastic setting for your exploration of Senegal! Internet is not always available and will be patchy at best.
Breakfast will be continental with bread, butter, jam and fruit juices.
Lunches will be either sit-down or picnic style, served hot with seasonal fruits and vegetables.
For dinner, you will discover the local specialties of a rice or millet base served with fish, chicken or zebu meat accompanied by vegetables.
For dessert, you will have fruits (mangoes, papayas or guava - depending on the season) or a local specialty.
Drinks, other than water and local green tea, are not included in the price of your meals.
Senegal is a country that receives more than 3000 hours of sun each year - making for a tropical climate. The years are also marked by a long dry season from November to June, with temperatures reaching between 22 - 30°C. The rainy season lasts from August to October (known as their 'winter') during which the temperatures are higher still and rainfall is significant.
Guide and local team
Your guide, Ibou Faye, is always welcoming and friendly. He is highly knowledgeable with regards to his guiding, country and the horses. He is a native French speaker and has a working knoweldge of English, perfectly adequate for general instructions but limited when it comes to long discussions.
It is customary to leave a tip to the local team. You may wish to plan a tip of around £25/35 for the whole team.
- A riding helmet is compulsory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable. You also have the option of buying protective shells to go under your hats (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western hat helmets (Troxel).
- Sunhat (indispensable)
- Sunglasses with high protection lenses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun, wind or rain
- Thermal underwear (t-shirts with long or short sleeves)
- T-shirts in cotton and long-sleeved shirts (to protect against the sun) or t-shirts made from rapid-dry material
- 1 lightweight fleece or jumper
- 1 lightweight waterproof jacket made from Gore-Tex or a similar material that is waterproof and breathable
- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- 1 change of riding trousers or light trousers or/and a dress.
- 1 shorts
- A swimming costume
- 1 towel
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear
Hands and Feet
- 1 pair of comfortable riding or walking boots. We recommend short boots with half-chaps specifically for riding. We don't recommend taking your favorite leather boots in case they get damaged. Please note that on some occasions you will ride across some immerged parts of the Delta and then your boots, chaps and breeches will be immerged in salt water.
- 1 pair of lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
Other useful items
- Travel bag 60-80 liters (hold luggage)
- Travel bag 25-30 liters (cabin bag)
- Double saddlebags are available on request
- Water bottle (1.5 liters or 2 equivalent)
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Protein or cereal bars for the longer stretches of riding
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it after use
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for you rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel
- The airline allows only one bag to be checked-in per passenger. Make sure it weighs no more than the specified weight limit; if it exceeds this weight, you will have to pay excess luggage fees at check-in
- Hand luggage mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container. Check with the airline for their imposed weight limits for hand/ hold luggage.
- If you wish to travel 'light' and wash your clothes throughout the ride, please bring with you laundry detergent that is biodegradable
- All waste that could be considered toxic (batteries, aerosols, batteries, empty cream tubes, film) needs to be kept with you and transported back to the UK, where recycling is done well and efficiently. Avoid, wherever possible, to bring with you unnecessary packaging
In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100 ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic Ziplock bags. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.