Half-Day Somone Lagoon and Bandia Park Safari from Dakar
Around 10am, you will proceed to Bandia park, which is very close to Somone lagoon (approx 20 min drive). You will then change vehicle and get in a pick up jeep for a 1.5 hour game drive in this reserve that covers 1000 hectares, where you will spot African wildlife in their natural habitat - such as giraffes ,buffaloes, rhinos, a variety of antelopes, zebras, monkeys, crocodiles, tortoises and more. Lunch will be served around 12:30 am at the Bandia park restaurant (included)
Around 2pm, you will drive back to Dakar and arrive at around 3:30 pm at your hotel in Dakar.
- All activities
- Local guide
- Hotel drop-off
- Hotel pickup
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infant seats available
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum drinking age is 18 years
- Infant meals not included
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
At least for us, this was an extremely rare miss by Viator. Bandia Reserve itself was amazing. We took the tour guided by an expert employed by the park, and it was absolutely phenomenal-- lots to see and the guide was very knowledgeable. The rest of this day left something to be desired. Our Viator guide, Abdoulaye, picked us up at our hotel in a car with a driver he brought along. We took a somewhat circuitous route on two-lane roads to and from Bandia, presumably to avoid paying tolls. Traffic on the smaller roads around Dakar is often jammed up, so the drives were pretty long--closer to 2 hours each way. Abdoulaye offered a few random comments about the scenery as we drove, such as identifying the town we were driving through. Once we arrived at Bandia we had about a 40 minute wait to ensure Abdoulaye put us on a smaller tour vehicle for the park excursion--that was nicely done as it did seem like our views would be better on the smaller truck. So no issues with the wait! As noted, the reserve was incredible, and the tour of that lasted about 2 hours, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. There is a nice-looking restaurant right there at Bandia, but Abdoulaye did not take us there for lunch. That made me sad because we were hungry by that time. Instead, we drove to the lagoon and made our way aboard a small motor boat piloted by someone Abdoulaye made arrangements with. This was a total waste of time. We rode around the lagoon in virtual silence. Either there are no interesting facts about the lagoon which justify a guided tour, or Abdoulaye didn't know anything about it. If you have ever seen mangroves and water fowl, you're already good to go and don't need to spend an additional hour on this. Abdoulaye took photos of us to post on his Facebook page, which I had mixed feelings about but agreed to pose when put on the spot in that moment. Next, Abdoulaye's intent was to take us to lunch at a somewhat sketchy-looking lagoon-side restaurant at the end of the boat ride coming up on 3:00 p.m., but we declined and asked to call it a day. By the time we arrived back at the hotel it was around 5:00 p.m., so this was a full day rather than a half day even without lunch. If I did this again I would skip Viator to avoid the risk of another experience like this, and make my own arrangements to tour Bandia Reserve. This is my first experience with Viator that has been anything less than spectacular.
WOW This was an experience not to be missed. Park was well run many sightings lunch excellent lagoon tour enjoyable.
double posting... but this is a cannot miss tour
A very pleasant day-trip to see acacias, baobobs, African antelopes, African buffaloes, monkeys, crocs, and several bird species including Abyssinian rollers and finches in Bandia. In Somone, you can see great waders like Eurasian curlews.