Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau Explorer

Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau Explorer

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 14 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Important Information

Foreign OfficeTravel Warnings

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the FCO has no travel warnings in place for Senegal, Gambia or Guinea-Bissau. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or if would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident.

It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.

Accommodation and Meals

Hotel Check-in Times

As a general rule most hotels will allow guests to check-in from 2pm. Please note that the price of your tour does not include guaranteed early check-in. Therefore please advise us if you would like to ensure that your room is available for an earlier arrival. This is particularly relevant on the first day of the tour and for early morning arrivals. One option is to pre-book and pay for an extra night at the beginning of your tour which will guarantee your accommodation is available irrespective of what time you arrive. Please contact us for information and costs.

It should also be noted that on many of our tours we have set-aside Day 1 of the itinerary as an ‘arrival day’. For this reason and because tour participants are likely to be arriving at different times, and often from different countries, guided sightseeing or other activities are not included. If you are arriving early or before the start date of the tour and would like to organise some extra arrangements on a private basis please contact us.

Accommodation Rating

The majority of this tour stays in comfortable mid-range accomodation. There is one night basic camping in simple grass huts and you can expect to have private bathrooms throughout. In general you will find that hotels have a restaurant and/or bar.

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.

Food & Drinks

The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.


The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is common practise throughout the region. If your local guide has been helpful then you could think about tipping. This amount can obviously be left to you. When tipping a driver, a guide or hotel staff a few dollars will always be gratefully received.

Foreign Exchange

ATM Availability: We do not recommend that you rely on ATM machines – where they do exist (rarely) they are often unreliable
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: We do not advise using cards as these will not be accepted in the vast majority of places
Local Currency: CFA
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Euro
Where to Exchange: Your guide will advise you

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on the advertised start and end dates of the tour. In addition arrival and/or departure transfers will be provided in conjunction with any pre and/or post tour accommodation that has been booked through Undiscovered Destinations. In all other cases charges may apply for airport transfers. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country and be valid for the entire duration of your holiday.

Visa Information

As of 1st May 2015 UK nationals do not need a visa for a short stay in Senegal. Other nationalities should check with their nearest embassy. With the exception of West African states, all nationalities require a visa to enter Guinea-Bissau. The Guinea-Bissau visa will be obtained locally at the consulate in Ziguinchor before crossing the border (available to all nationalities). For stays of less than 1 month in the Gambia no visa is required (for UK passport holders - other nationalities should check with their nearest embassy). Regulations can, and do change and so we recommend that you check with your nearest embassy or consulate for the most up to date information.  


It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK. We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit

Vaccinations & Protection

As with travel to most parts of the developing world, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. Anti-malaria medication will also be required and the use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended.

You will also need to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate to enter Guinea-Bissau.

Preparing for your tour


The best time to visit the region is between October and March – outside of this time it can be very hot. Rainfall is rare at this time but cannot be ruled out. From June to September the region experiences most of its rainfall. 


When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day and warmer ones at night, although you shouldn’t expect it to be cold here. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun. Senegal and Guinea-Bissau are fairly relaxed in terms of clothing but you should bear in mind that these are Muslim countries. There is no dress code and you should also bring a bathing suit. Shorts are generally acceptable for men but not worn by local men. You should make sure that you have sufficient long sleeved tops and trousers for entering any mosques. You may also find a waterproof jacket to be useful for the journeys made by boat in the Bijagos Archipelago.


There is 1 night basic camping on the tour so please bring a light sleeping bag and also a sleeping inner sheet. An inflatable pillow and travel towel is recommended. A torch/flashlight or head torch should also be taken for the camping night and also for any unexpected electricity outages or dimly lit areas.

The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared: adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit. If you suffer from motion sickness then tablets for this are advisable for the Bijagos Archipelago and for the night on board the ship. If you are bringing a digital camera it is also advisable to bring a spare battery, as there will be occasions when electricity is not available.


Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended but also take lighter shoes such as sandals for general travelling

Luggage on tour

Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). Due to the nature of the itinerary with many boat rides, the maximum weight allowed per luggage per person is 20 kg and we advise you to travel with a soft bag.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Electrical supply is 220V and plugs usually have two round pins.

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes.

These tour notes were updated on 24/07/18