Chicago Booth Detty December Trek - Senegal

24th, Dec 2023 - 28th, Dec 2023


Journey to the heart of Africa, where a realm of wonder awaits. Step into the embrace of Senegal, where beauty reigns supreme. As you venture into Senegal, prepare to be captivated by the tantalizing scents of savory cuisine, igniting your taste buds with pure delight. Surrender to the primal rhythm of sabar drums, feel the embrace of a welcoming people, and let the Sahara's golden dunes unveil the secrets of enchantment. Discover Africa's boundless allure by our side.

Daily Activities

Day 1 : 24th December
Arrival, Welcome dinner

Step into enchanting Senegal, where warm hospitality and captivating experiences await. Indulge in a delightful welcome dinner, savoring the flavors of Senegalese cuisine. Let your senses be immersed in this vibrant country, as you embark on a journey filled with unforgettable moments and cherished memories.

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2 : 25th December
Dakar City Experience, Visit to Goree Island

Explore the captivating city of Dakar, where the heartbeat of Senegal comes alive. Discover the rich history and poignant insights of Goree Island, a powerful reminder of the transatlantic slave trade. Fuel your experience with breakfast and lunch, savoring every bite as you delve into the depths of this profound journey.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3 : 26th December
Retba Lake, Désert de Lompoul

Unveil the enchantment of Senegal with two awe-inspiring destinations. Witness the captivating beauty of Retba Lake, Africa's only pink lake, and surrender to the mystical allure of Désert de Lompoul. Enjoy an overnight stay with entertaining moments and savor delicious meals throughout. Let these extraordinary experiences ignite your soul.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 : 27th December
Free day, optional dinner, club night

Seize the freedom of a blissful free day, followed by an optional goodbye dinner. Experience the electrifying energy of a club night in Dakar. Awaken to a nourishing breakfast, cherishing the memories of an unforgettable journey.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 : 28th December
Departure day

Your exploration of Senegal has been truly memorable. We appreciate your company and look forward to our paths crossing again in the near future. Safe travels and until we meet again, take care. For those of you coming to Ghana, let's party on!

Meals: Breakfast
What's included
Airport Shuttle Bus Service (and daily bus services- ends at 8pm except club night)
4* Hotel In Dakar
1 night stay in the desert
Breakfast x4
Lunch x2
Dinner x2
Dakar City Experience
Goree Island Experience (transatlantic slave trade insight)
Retba Lake Experience
Desert de Lompoul
Club Night In Dakar
Dedicated Sorted Chale Host
What's not Included
International & domestic flights, meals not stated, visas, insurance and medical requirements.



Payment Plan

Date Plan Cost
30th June 2023 Non refundable deposit $300
30th September 2023 First Installment $350
30th October 2023 Second Installment $350
30th November 2023 Third Installment $250

Cancellation Policy


Accomodation Info

Novotel hotel in Dakar - Immerse yourself in the allure of Novotel Dakar, perfectly situated in the city center with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Goree Island. Enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and tennis court. The contemporary rooms offer space, private bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. Indulge in regional cuisine and unwind in stylish lounge areas. Ideal location near Independence Square and Blaise Diagne International Airport.

LOMPUR DESSERT -TENT CAMP, ECOLODGE DE LOMPOUL - Escape to a real oasis at Ecolodge de Lompoul, nestled in the heart of the desert amidst magnificent sand dunes. Experience ultimate comfort in the new, spacious tents that blend harmoniously with the stunning landscape. Enjoy privacy in separate shower and toilet tents. Explore the magic of the desert with camel rides and evenings filled with rhythmic djembe beats. Indulge in intimate dinners featuring couscous, clay pot dishes, or beachside seafood grills. Immerse yourself in the enchantment of the desert while reveling in utmost comfort and tranquility.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visa - At the moment the Embassy does not issue physical visas prior to a trip to Senegal for the majority of visa nationals (USA included)

A Senegal visa can be obtained on arrival at Dakar International Airport (DIASS) for entry and stay no longer than 3 months, free of charge.

The traveler should ensure to present on arrival at Dakar International airport the following documents:

  • A valid passport
  • Return air ticket
  • Proof of accommodation if visiting for tourism or LOI if visiting for business

Passport - If you are visiting Senegal, your passport should be valid for three months from the date you arrive.

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The official currency of Senegal is the Senegalese franc (XOF), symbolized as CFA. Banknotes are available in denominations of 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000 CFA. Cash is widely used and preferred, although some establishments accept credit cards, primarily Visa and MasterCard. American Express and Discover cards are less commonly accepted. Bargaining is expected in informal settings, where prices may initially be higher than expected. Tipping is encouraged for excellent service. It's advisable to inform your bank of your travel plans to ensure smooth card usage and to be aware of any potential fees associated with card transactions.

To enter Senegal, a yellow fever vaccination is required, valid for 10 years. Administer the vaccine at least 10 days before travel to develop immunity. December 13th is the latest date for vaccination. You do not need a covid-19 vaccination but consider malaria prevention measures and obtain travel health insurance. Consult a healthcare professional or travel clinic for personalized advice and to address specific medical needs.

Our payment provider Stripe accepts debit and credit cards from all over the world, given that they are issued by MasterCard, Visa and Verve

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If available Roommate Matching will be offered. If you want to be matched, please select “Yes I want to be matched with a room buddy” on the reservation form. Also, please note roommate matching does not take place until after 75% of the cost of the package is paid.

Sleeping arrangements vary depending on your package choice. For single occupancy selection you will be alone in your room at your hotel of choice. For double occupancy selection you will be paired with someone else and depending on your request this could be a twin bed or double bed (which means you and your room buddy will share the same bed). As part of this experience we typically take care of all room pairings.

We have an unlimited number of spaces on this trip. If you would like to join this amazing experience, register your interest.

Senegal has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 20-30°C (68-86°F) throughout the year. The rainy season is from April to October, while the dry season is from November to March. It is recommended to pack lightweight, breathable clothing, as well as rain gear for the rainy season. Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and Mosquito repellant are also recommended.
In December, Senegal has an active party season, so bring your best clothes for the road! Yes, dress to impress.

Senegal currently does not have any COVID-19 travel restrictions in place. There is no need to provide vaccination or testing certificates, nor complete a Passenger Locator Form. However, it is advisable to check with your airline before traveling for any specific documentation requirements. Enjoy your journey to Senegal!

Don't let the disappointment of a missed vacation be compounded by financial loss. Protect your investment by considering trip insurance. Safeguard yourself against unexpected events and ensure peace of mind. Explore options to purchase travel insurance independently and secure your well-deserved getaway.

For optimal travel when flying into Senegal from the USA, it is recommended to choose Blaise Diagne International Airport in Dakar as your arrival point. Flight durations can range from 7 to 10 hours depending on your departure city. To align with your experience and accommodation starting on the 24th of December, it is advisable to depart from the USA on the 23rd of December and arrive in Senegal on the 24th of December.

Senegal is generally considered safe for travelers. However, as with any foreign country, it is important to be aware of pickpocketing and petty theft, especially in crowded tourist areas. It is also advisable to take precautions when using ATMs or carrying valuables, and to avoid walking alone in unfamiliar areas at night.

Yes, you can extend your stay either before the trip or after the trip, please indicate on our registration form your check-in and check-out date and we will provide you with further details on payments and bookings. Please note that group round trip airport transport will be provided on 23rd December and 28th December in Senegal and also 28th December and 1st January in Ghana. If the duration of your stay is outside of these dates, you should plan for your airport transfer accordingly. Transportation is available through each hotel.

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