The transcasamance trail

 Senegal – from the 27th of dec. 2022 to the 04th of Jan. 2023 

an african new year’s eve along the casamance river”

From Coubalan to the Bird Island

Treat yourself to a memorable break through Senegal by going to meet a traditional population that will leave you with an incomparable human adventure.

It is an exceptional landscape that will parade before your eyes, through the Savannah, between fruit trees, rice fields, mangroves and myriad of lonely islands in the heart of deep Africa, connecting every day a new village that will welcome you in typical camps made available to you.

With the meeting of an authentic people, Customs and traditions, and your appointment at the King of Oussouye welcoming you, all dressed in red, in front of his house in the sacred forest, it is not only a race in stages that we have reserved for you, it is an extraordinary adventure.

At the heart of the Bird Park, pelicans, cormorants, herons, flamingos, Eagles and other fish, snakes will definitely burn your memories.

Welcome to the Transcasamance Ultra Trail, take the path of an unusual history until the arrival in front of the Casamance Museum of Jilapao.

Trip of 10 days

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TrailRunning : 

  • 138km
  • in 6 steps

TrailRunning or Trekking :

  • 72km
  • in 6 steps
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Your bib adventure in hand

Concept :

  • Realize an ultra trail with stages in 6 days, in an organized setting with an atmosphere of passionate athletes.
  • A sporting, cultural, and emotional adventure.
  • A Trail route designed by us for your greatest pleasure.
  • The crossing of a striking panorama to the rhythm of your strides.
  • A trip to be made either in TrailRunning version or in Trekking.

Our Goals – Your Success :

  • Guarantee you maximum pleasure, and timeless memories !

  • Accompany you in the success of this spectacular adventure, thanks to an organization Team of Nature Extreme Development.

  • Ensure you a solid logistics :
    • A marking of the steps is carried out and verified before your arrival, with rubalise that we take care to remove after your passage.
    • A hotel of very good standing / comfortable camps to allow you to recover properly, and take the most pleasures.
    • A refueling every 8 km including : mineral water, solid energy food, fresh fruit etc. (subject to availability)

This extraordinary event through the Savannah was organized for the first time in 1998.

Recognized in “Jakarta”, these small motorcycles very maneuverable, it has won a wide success.

For several years Cathy and Serge MOREL-JEAN planned to repeat the adventure of this endearing ordeal.

This second edition finally concretizes this project.

Choice of course :

  • Trail Course : A 138km course in the form of a timed individual race with classification.

  • Trek Course : You also have the possibility to go on a more gentle formula (72km) with shorter stages, while preserving the most beautiful landscapes offered by the wild Senegal through the Casamance (from 3.5km/h).

It is not just a race, It is a journey designed with care and passion.

Itinerary : 

They are given as an indication. They can be modified according to the climatic conditions of the moment, the technical criteria or the physical condition of the participants. As a last resort, the supervisor remains the sole judge of the program that he can adapt or modify due to safety imperatives.

Transcasamance Ultra Trail, From Coubalan to the Bird Island

 

6 steps program

Step 1
Coubalan

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25km   13km

Step 2
Coubanao

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21,5km   5km

Step 3
Oussouye

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24,8km   15km

Step 4
Carounate

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26,7km   10km

Step 5
Cachouane Nikine

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20km   10,7km

Step 6
Afiniane Djilapao

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20km   11km

Choose your challenge !

Silouhette de trailer TrailRuning à partir de 5 km/h        TrailRuning ou Trekking à partir de 3,5 km/h   

Departure allowed on the following days of a dropout
(unless a contraindication by the doctor).

Unforgettable encounters, strong moments and an engraved race
in your memories, this is the promise we make to you!

Budget

Registration cost : 2 595 €

10 days and 10 nights stay

  • Limited to 50 participants
  • Start from 20 participants

The price includes :

  • Return flights (Paris-Dakar-Ziguinchor).
  • Technical supervision of Nature Extreme Development (NED) agency.
  • Full board accommodation throughout the stay.
  • All refueling during stages as well as all transfers.
  • Visit the Djilapao Museum.

The price does not includes :

  • Beverages other than those taken into account by Nature Extreme Development and more generally alcoholic beverages.
  • Activities or visits other than those provided for in the program.
  • Cancellation-repatriation insurance.
  • The cost of overweight baggage at airports.

Field Structure

Stage marking :

The stages are all checked the week before the race and the marking is done with red and white rubalise, which we take care to remove after your passage.

The refueling and control points are announced by signs 1 km before and the finish every km on the last 5 km. Mandatory systematic scoring at each refueling station.

Supplies :

Every 8 km approximately. The exact locations will be confirmed to you during the daily briefing the day before each stage. They include: mineral water (corked bottles), solid energy foods (dried fruits, biscuits etc.), fresh fruit (bananas, oranges etc.) subject to availability.

Nature of land :

Land of Bush and bolongs, the arms of the Casamance River, bordered by mangroves, form many islands near its mouth. The slopes are very accessible, the difference in altitude is non-existent, your only enemy will be the afternoon heat that oscillates between 30 and 33°.

Assistance vehicles and safety :

1 4×4 vehicle on the stages as well as motorcycles constantly circulate on the tracks.

“We create your travels by putting passion and a taste of challenge,
you will come back full of adventures.”

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation :

We are in Africa, sometimes in the heart of the Bush. Committing to Transcasamance is accepting cold showers at village camps that are simple, clean with individual toilets per room.

  • Our village camps in Coubalan, Cachouane and our Bush Hotel in Oussouye fit this description. Note that the Hotel de brousse “Kabekel” in Oussouye has a swimming pool !

  • The hotel Kadiandoumagne (3 * Superior) is of a completely different standing. You will spend 4 Nights, 2 nights on arrival and 2 nights on return from the Bush. Superb hotel, the best establishment in Ziguinchor, located on the banks of the river Casamance, with all the amenities of a large hotel including a swimming pool near the river.

Meals :

  • Lunches, dinners and breakfasts : 

Meals are adapted to the efforts of the participants and in sufficient quantities, based on rice, pasta, potatoes, chicken, fish and vegetables. Meals are often composed of a complete dish, not always accompanied by a dessert. The water is only offered in bottle corked. Caution: tap water not potable.

  • Special diet :

Allergy, intolerance : : be sure to take with you the adapted dishes or foods, because the accommodations do not always have the possibility to offer a specific cuisine.

You will remember

  • Of the joviality and spontaneity of a people whose customs and traditions have remained intact,

  • The welcome of the villagers and the end of the days around a fire under the sound of tam-tam, in front of the traditional dances.

  • Your meeting with the King of Ossuye in the sacred forest.

  • Canoe trips to take the start of the stages.
map TRANSCASAMANCE

«We do not inherit the land of our ancestors, We borrow it from our children.»
(Maxime amérindienne reprise par Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)