Return of the legendary “El Bou Mogdad” in St. Louis
The “Bou El Mogdad” takes its name from the chief interpreter and explorer Louisien St., El Hadj El Bou Mogdad Seck, serving governors of the colonial administration in Senegal. In 1975 it was bought by Georges Consol which transforms it into a tourist boat and must leave the Senegal river to Casamance, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and the Sine Saloum. It was not until 2005 that this legendary boat found his beloved river Senegal, purchased by Jean-Jacques Bandy and several associates. A memorable return is done by opening the Faidherbe Bridge in St. Louis, closed for 20 years (between 1985 and 2005).
Photo credit: Vincent Kowalski
This tourist one week cruise leads you to discover the bush villages, cities and ancient forts. For six nights full board, it takes between 695 and 1288 euros (456,000 and 845,000 FCFA) per adult. All barge excursions, canoe, horse-drawn carriage or on foot are included in the cruise price. The “Bou” remains a luxury that falls within the dream for the average Senegalese. But for all who can, what happiness to admire the beauty of the Senegal river … past and present!
This historic ship, refurbished for the occasion, do not measure less than 51 meters long and 14 meters wide. In addition, it features three decks, two of which include 28 double cabins with a superior suite and four cabins, air conditioned with a bathroom and toilet. The “Bou El Mogdad” resumes its navigation and today offers a tourist navigation between St. Louis and Podor of October to May