Rejser til Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau definerer selve essensen af begrebet ”’off the beaten track”. Her er en oplagt mulighed for at udforske de fjerneste afkroge af Vestafrika, hvor kun få rejsende har været på jagt efter en oplevelse ud over det sædvanlige.

Guinea-Bissau er et land fyldt med autentisk lokal kultur, rig på naturlig skønhed, der giver den der helt særlige fornemmelse, der vil tilfredsstille den latente opdagelsesrejsende i dig.

Bijagos Øhav er en samling af øer, hvor gamle skikke stadig hersker, og man kan stadig se folk iført traditionel beklædning. Det er uden tvivl en af de mest fascinerende steder på kontinentet, og samtidig er det hjemsted for sjældne arter som saltvandsflodheste, der lurer blandt mangroverne. Her kommer skildpadderne også for at lægge deres æg på stranden.

Tilbage på fastlandet kan du udforske den lokale kultur og nyde den koloniale arkitektur i byer som Bolama og Bissau.

Guinea-Bissau er også kendt for sine farverige karnevaler. Det er en fremragende anledning til at se den fulde vifte af traditionelle trosretninger og livlig lokal kultur.

Guinea-Bissau giver helt nye muligheder for at komme tæt på et Afrika, hvor der kommer meget få turister, hvilket i sig selv er en meget speciel oplevelse.

Grupperejse 1 ► Guinea-Bissau - På opdagelse i Guinea-Bissau
Grupperejse 2 ► Guinea-Bissau - På ekspedition i Senegal og Guinea-Bissau

Grupperejse 1 ► Guinea-Bissau - På opdagelse i Guinea-Bissau

Generel information om grupperejser i Guinea-Bissau

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Guinea-Bissau foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Guinea-Bissau.

Passer rejsedatoerne dig ikke eller vil du selv have maksimal indflydelse på dit rejseprogram – Kontakt os hvis du ønsker et tilbud på en individuel rejse i Guinea-Bissau.

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Trip Summary

Guinea-Bissau is one of the smallest, and least visited, countries in Africa – few western travellers make it to this former Portuguese colony, but those that do return full of incredible experiences and memories of a stunning part of the continent. Starting in Bissau, we travel by boat to the magnificent Bijagos Islands – a group of islands where traditional culture is at its strongest and ancient customs still hold sway. We visit local communities to learn about their lifestyles, some of the most traditional on the continent. We also search for the elusive saltwater hippos as well as other wildlife, and sail between idyllic islands on a true journey of discovery. Returning back to the mainland we visit the ‘ghost town’ of Bolama with its colonial remnants then spend time with the traditional Pepel people. The joy of this trip is the fact that you will be visiting an almost untouched corner of Africa; expect truly genuine encounters with local people and feel privileged to be one of the very few to have travelled here.

Fitness*** | Adventure**** | Culture**** | History*** | Wildlife***

Day 1 – Bissau

Arrive in Bissau and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, there may be time to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Azalai or similar. (D)

Bissau
Guinea-Bissau’s capital is a small and fairly unassuming place, with old colonial buildings and a generally easy-going pace – although that changes at the time of the annual carnival. It’s a pleasant place to wander around to witness everyday scenes of life, but doesn’t offer much in the way of traditional sightseeing – rather the attraction is to experience a slice of urban Africa that is much easier to deal with than some other African capitals. Some of the traditional crafts to be found here are particularly excellent.

Day 2 – Manjacu Tribe

Today is a full day dedicated to the Manjacu ethnic group. We travel through lush tropical forest interspersed with cashew nut trees and small villages to cross the remote peninsula between RIo Cacheu and Rio Mansao. The Manjacu follow the “Gendiman” tradition, placing wooden poles (Pecab) which represent the spirits of their ancestors around the small villages. Fetish priests and priestesses are said to be able to divine the future by consulting these spirits. Overnight Casa Cachungo Eco Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 3 – Pepel Tribe

This morning visit a local rum factory which has been in use since colonial times. Spend this afternoon discovering the culture of the Pepel people, who still follow animist traditions. We learn about their customs and visit a traditional ‘clinic’ where healers treat patients using their knowledge of local plants. Overnight Hotel Mar Azul or similar. (BLD)

Bijagos Islands
The Bijagos Archipelago is made up of around forty different islands, and has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to their ecological importance and rare and endangered species including turtles and the unique saltwater hippo, which swim between some of the islands. Their distance from the mainland has meant that local culture here has remained far less affected by modern influences than elsewhere and most islanders live a very traditional life, with a different language, Bijago, spoken here.

Day 4 – Orango Island

Cruise to Orango Island, known for its unique saltwater hippos as well as crocodiles. Walk in the forest and try to follow the tracks of the saltwater hippos– these can be difficult to find but we hope to be lucky. Overnight Parque Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 5 – Meio - Joao Vieira

Today we sail for the southern islands in the remotest part of the archipelago. We visit Meio, a picture perfect island ideal for forest and beach walks and spend the night at Joao Viera, part of the Marine Park, The island of Poilao is one of the main breeding sites for green turtles. We wait until dark when the turtles emerge from the ocean to lay their eggs, and may even possibly see some hatching. Overnight at Chez Claude or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 – Canhabaque

Travel by boat to Canhabaque, a very traditional island where women still wear skirts made from palm fibres. Life in the villages here is characterised by ancient customs and secret ceremonies. We may be able to visit the ‘monastery’ where local men are initiated for seven years into the local beliefs and practices. Overnight Bijagos Fishing Club or similar. (BLD)

Day 7 and 8 – Anguruma and Islander life

We spend the next 2 days taking in island life. There will time for relaxation as well as a boat excursion to Anguruma via the Bay of Soga with its colony of pink flamingos. Enjoy the unspoilt beaches and visit Bubaque, the largest village of the archipelago, with its tiny museum of local culture. Overnight Fishing Club. (BLD)

Day 9 – Bolama - Bissau

This morning we head for Bolama, the former Portuguese capital of Guinea-Bissau but now an atmospheric ‘ghost town’, with charming remnants of its former importance. From Bolama we continue to Bissau where day use rooms are available until your transfer to the airport. (BL)

Bolama
Bolama was the capital of Portuguese Guinea until 1936. Built in a charming colonial style, this ‘ghost’ town is still alive – little by little local people took possession of the town and now they live in the old buildings, many of which are slowly crumbling. The city is characterised by its wide avenues, squares, gardens, fountains and once-luxurious administration buildings. Also to be found here is a memorial in honour of Italian pilots who died in 1931, along with symbols of fascist power. Everything is now covered by tropical vegetation.

Grupperejse 1 ► Guinea-Bissau - På opdagelse i Guinea-Bissau
Grupperejse 2 ► Guinea-Bissau - På ekspedition i Senegal og Guinea-Bissau

Grupperejse 2 ► Guinea-Bissau - På ekspedition i Senegal og Guinea-Bissau

Generel information om grupperejser i Guinea-Bissau

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Guinea-Bissau foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Guinea-Bissau.

Passer rejsedatoerne dig ikke eller vil du selv have maksimal indflydelse på dit rejseprogram – Kontakt os hvis du ønsker et tilbud på en individuel rejse i Guinea-Bissau.

afrika@happylamatravel.com

Denne rejse kombinerer Guinea Bissau med Senegal.

Trip Summary

An intriguing journey touching the edge of the Western Sahara and down to the Bijagos Archipelago. We begin by travelling north through Senegal, reaching the border with Mauritania and the Djoudj National Park, a natural oasis composed of hundreds of miles of partially flooded land. We continue our exploration of Senegal with visits to nomadic tribes and sacred towns before boarding a ferry for our overnight journey to Guinea-Bissau. This is one of the smallest, and least visited, countries in Africa. Few western travellers make it to this former Portuguese colony, but those that do return full of incredible experiences and memories of a stunning part of the continent. Depending on the date of your tour, in Guinea-Bissau you will either experience turtle nesting, tribal carnivals or the wild bull mask dancing.

Fitness**** | Adventure**** | Culture**** | History*** | Wildlife****

Day 1 – Arrival in Dakar

Arrive in Dakar and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Novotel or similar

Dakar
Located on the Cap Vert peninsula and Africa’s westernmost city, Dakar is a thriving, colourful, lively city that provides the first real experience of urban West Africa on this trip. Brash and often uncompromising, it was once of the major cities of the French Empire and today is home to over a million people. With busy traffic and street vendors everywhere, Dakar is a world away from the rest of Senegal. Nearby is Goree Island, in contrast a peaceful sanctuary with well preserved colonial buildings giving it an almost Mediterranean feel. Goree is best known for its associations with the slave trade, although there is some controversy about how much of a role it actually played.

Day 2 – Dakar and the edge of the Sahara

Dakar was the centre of political, economic and cultural French West Africa. We have a morning tour of the city including the IFAN museum with a great collection of African Art, the city hall, the Independence square and the Presidential Palace. After lunch, a minibus will take us to the Lampoul desert where our 4×4 vehicles will be waiting at the edge of the dunes to help us reach our camp. After dinner we will experience some local dancing. Overnight in a fixed camp at Lampoul. Tents are spacious and comfortable and include beds. (BLD)

Day 3 – Djoudj National Park

We start our day reaching the small border post with Mauritania. The Senegal River is the natural border with Mauritania. Arrival at Djoudj National Park which is a natural oasis composed of hundreds of miles of partially flooded land. This is the habitat and nesting site of over a million migratory and sedentary birds including pelicans and flamingos. Later in the afternoon we drive to Saint Louis, a charming colonial town, familiar to pioneering aviator and writer Saint Euxpéry, author of “The Little Prince”. Overnight at the hotel La Residence or similar (BLD)

Day 4 – Saint Louis and the Nomadic Tribes

In the morning we will explore Saint Louis. The best way to get around the narrow streets is on board a calash like the locals. A late morning departure to the Ferlo desert to discover the dry savannah where the Fulani, nomadic tribe herd Zebu cows. Fulani (Peul) is the largest tribe in West Africa living from Senegal to Chad. They are the main herders of this vast savannah and their origins are still shrouded in mystery. We have dinner and overnight in a basic but clean structure of grass huts with mosquito nets and private WC and showers, managed by the local community. We will visit the nearby villages and in the evening when the herds come back, we may be invited to assist in the milking of the herd! (BLD)

Saint Louis
One of West Africa’s nicest towns, Saint Louis was the first French settlement in the region and still retains much of its old colonial architecture, contributing to its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Divided between an island and a peninsula, most of the old European buildings are concentrated on the island with an old governor’s palace, museum, and numerous grand old houses.

Day 5 – Touba Brotherhood

Rarely visited, the sacred town of Touba is the place to appreciate the hospitality of an African Islamic brotherhood. Touba inhabitants are followers of Muridism and the town is a theocratic “State into the State” ruled by the Kalif. Thanks to their peaceful (and African) vision of Islam, Mouridis have become the bastion which protects Senegal from the penetration of more radical forms of this religion. Touba is a sacred town and to be accepted we must be decently dressed. During the visit it will be forbidden to smoke, drink alcohol and listen to music. Mourdi appreciate the interest of visitors to their traditions. By following these simple rules, we will be welcomed. From here we drive to Lac Rose which is a shallow salt lake surrounded by dunes. As it is ten times saltier than the ocean, with a high concentration of minerals, it appears to be pink on occasions. Overnight Le Traza Hotel. (BLD)

Touba
Touba is the centre of the Mourids, a strict Islamic sect that started in the 19th century with Sufi associations, and the town is an important centre of pilgrimage within the region. With that in mind, it’s forbidden to bring either alcohol or cigarettes into the town and there are no hotels here, for they are seen somewhat as dens of iniquity. Each year the town plays host to an annual pilgrimage called the Grand Magal, when up to three quarters of a million people descend, raising comparisons with a West African Mecca. The main sight here is Touba’s enormous mosque – construction began in the 1930s but was not completed until the 1960s, and it is one of the largest on the continent.

Day 6 – Goree Island

This morning we leave Lac Rose arriving back in Dakar before lunch. We will leave our vehicles at the port and board a ferry to Goree Island. Goree was a boarding point for slaves waiting to be shipped to the Americas. Some restored buildings remain to bear witness to that dark period. Today Goree is an attractive destination for local and foreign visitors. We return to Dakar port to board “Aline Sitoe Diatta”, our ship that will set sail this evening. Dinner and overnight on board in simple but clean 4 person cabins. (BLD)

Day 7 – Casamance

In the early morning our ship will enter the estuary of the large Casamance River. Local fishermen in a pirogue will collect their nets, opening the way for our boat, while we may be lucky enough to have dolphins follow us. On the edge of the river we will discover a new landscape, large trees and sacred forests where animistic cults and traditional African religions are still practiced. The boat will stop at a small island where we transfer to a local boat to explore the mangroves and villages of this area. In the evening we will reach Cap Skirring, famous for its beaches. Dinner and overnight at Hotel La Paillote or similar (BLD)

Day 8 – The Sacred King

We discover the adobe fortified buildings of the Dioula people in Casamance which are an interesting example of this style of African architecture. We will then be received by the Monarch of one of the oldest Dioula Kingdoms. With the permission of the King we will be invited in to the sacred forest to assist in some traditional rituals. In the evening we will return to Cap Skirring. Overnight Hotel La Paillote or similar. (BLD)

Day 9 – African Manatees

After crossing the border with Guinea Bissau we come to a large strip of land that divides two flooded zones covered by an intense mangrove forest. Leaving the track we reach a fresh water creek where the Manatees come to drink and we hope to catch a glimpse of them. The African Manatees (“Trichecus Senegalensis”) live in the rivers and along the coast of the western side of the African continent. Due to the extremely elusive character of these mammals the time and place of any viewings can never be guaranteed. Overnight in a tiny but comfortable local hotel. (BLD)

Day 10 – Rio Cachungo Tribes

After an early morning departure four miles of walking on flat land and clay dams will take us to remote and unspoiled Felupe and Baiote villages. These people live in an isolated ecosystem farming rice thanks to a complex ancestral technology to desalinate the fields. We will discover a unique landscape of streams, salt swamps, flat lands and rice farms. In this hidden environment, some gigantic and isolated Kapok and Baobab trees give shade to tiny human settlements. A local, large motorized canoe will take us for an intriguing journey in to a mangrove forest and with the experience of a local sailor we will be able to find our way through a complicated network of streams. We then drive to the region inhabited by the Manjacu ethnic group. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Mar Azul or similar (BLD)

PLEASE NOTE – DAYS 10, 11 & 12
The itinerary will be modified to accommodate the ‘Vaca Bruto’ Wild Bull Dancing Mask Festival or to search for the Salt Water Hippo, depending on your departure date.

Day 11 – Bijagos Sacred Archipelago

After a leisurely start to the day we leave for a four day sailing journey around the Bijagos Archipelago to discover its remote islands. The Bijagos Archipelago is located at an average of 40 miles off shore and is the largest in Africa with 88 islands of which only 21 are permanently inhabited. With its wild and idyllic landscapes, unique fauna and a genuine tribal culture, the Bijagos Archipelago is a geographical treasure. We have a picnic on board and motion sickness tablets may be required. We land at Orango Island, a contrast of colours with the green of the vegetation, white sand beaches, brown rocks and the blue Ocean. It is a one hour walk to the sacred village of Okinka Pampa hosting the graves of the queens, a fascinating place as these populations live as a semi-matriarchal society. We will then meet with the Régolo (local King). Overnight at the Parque Hotel or similar. (BLD)

PLEASE NOTE – DAYS 10, 11 & 12
The itinerary will be modified to accommodate the ‘Vaca Bruto’ Wild Bull Dancing Mask Festival or to search for the Salt Water Hippo, depending on your departure date.

Day 12 – Southern Islands

We sail to the southern islands and the Marine Park of Poilao and Joao Vieira, a protected area that stretches over 495 Km². We will discover Meio Island, perfect for a swim and for walking in the forests. Indulge in an experience where the only footsteps on the sand will be ours. Overnight Chez Claude or similar. (BLD)

PLEASE NOTE – DAYS 10, 11 & 12
The itinerary will be modified to accommodate the ‘Vaca Bruto’ Wild Bull Dancing Mask Festival or to search for the Salt Water Hippo, depending on your departure date.

Day 13 – Canhabaque Island

Today we will reach Canhabaque Island (Ilha Roxa) on board our speed boat and spend the day walking through villages hidden in its forest. You can also choose to visit fewer villages and spend more time relaxing on the beach. Because of the archipelago’s remoteness, the lack of transport and the deep attachment of the locals to their traditions, the Bijagos inhabitants have hardly been influenced by the external world. Women still wear the saiya, a traditional skirt made of straw and life in the village is characterised by the importance of initiations and secret ceremonies. We will visit some villages where the young men have to go through a seven year initiation rite, living in a ‘convent’ with no contact of any kind with the opposite sex. We arrive on Rubane Island in the evening to spend the night. Overnight at the Hotel Ponta Anchaca or Fishing Club.(BLD)

Day 14 – Bolama Ghost Town and Bissau

Early this morning we leave for Bolama, the former capital of Portuguese Guinea from 1871 to 1941. When the Portuguese left, the native people came to live in the town but it is now falling apart and partly invaded by tropical vegetation. The town has large, sunny avenues, empty squares, dry fountains, bush-like gardens and a Governors Palace around which goats wander peacefully. We board a private aircraft and enjoy the view of the Archipelago from above before landing at Bissau airport. Vehicles will be waiting to take us on a brief city tour. Day rooms are available in a hotel in Baiana square for a last shower before your transfer to the airport for your late night flight home (BL)

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