Senegal – West Africa
An unique adventure
The NOMAD 2024 is 200 km in 5 days through the West African bush.
Sine Saloum region
The start of the NOMAD 2024 will take place near the town of Sokone, in the heart of the Sine Saloum region in Senegal.
For the first two stages, we will discover typical landscapes of the African bush and the runners will appreciate the many villages. We will then reach the bed of the Koular Bôlon river before continuing our journey along the border with Gambia. During the last stage, we will cross the Fathala forest located at the gates of the Saloum Delta National Park to reach the pretty village of Missirah and its giant old Ceiba tree.
The last kilometers of our route will be on a beautiful track where it is not uncommon to see a little frightened monkeys. The finish line of NOMAD 2024 will be held in Toubacouta, a small village nestled on the edge of a bolong.
200 km through the African bush
The second edition of the NOMAD is an ultramarathon of 200 km in 5 days and in food self-supported conditions which takes place in the region of Sine Saloum in Senegal, in West Africa.
Competitors must follow a marked route daily. Mandatory checkpoints will be distributed along the route to monitor the good progress of the competitors. These identified crossing points also make it possible to supply the runners with water.
Each participant must carry their mandatory equipment, their personal belongings for the race and their food. In January the temperatures in the region oscillate between 15 and 35 °C degrees.
Save thes dates
Thursday 18 January 2024
- 10 am: Appointment at the Saly Hotel in Saly
- 10.30 am: Transfer from Saly to Sokone (4 hours drive)
- 3 pm: Check-in at the Fadidi Niombato Lodge
- 7pm: Dinner together & overnight at the lodge
Friday 19 January 2024
- 8 am: Breakfast all together at the lodge
- 10 am: Administrative, technical and medical checks
- 1 pm: Lunch all together and free afternoon
- 6 pm: Pre-race briefing
- 7 pm: Dinner together & overnight at the lodge
Saturday 20 January 2024
Stage 1: 33 km / 10 hours
Sunday 21 January 2024
Stage 2: 47 km / 10 hours
Monday 22 January 2024
Stage 3: 43 km / 10 hours
Tuesday 23 January 2024
Stage 4: 45 km / 10 hours
Wednesday 24 January 2024
Stage 5: 32 km / 10 hours
Check-in at the lodge on the afternoon
7 pm: Dinner & overnight at the hotel
Thursday 25 January 2024
- 8 am: Breakfast all together at the lodge
- 11 am: Award ceremony, lunch & free afternoon
- 7 pm: Dinner together & overnight at the hotel
Friday 26 January 2024
- 8 am: Breakfast at the lodge
- 10 am: Transfer from Toubacouta to Saly (5 hours drive)
⇒ L’Africa Queen à La Somone
⇒ Saly Hotel
⇒ International Airport Blaise Diagne
(Code AITA : DSS)
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Frequently asked questions
What equipment are compulsory to participate in the NOMAD Senegal?
During the pre-race checks, each participant must present the following equipment:
- Backpack x1
- Sleeping bag x1
- Lighter x1
- Compass x1
- Knife (minimum blade of 3,5 cm) x1
- Mirror (at least 6 cm of diameter) x1
- Whistle x1
- Survival blanket x1
- Headlamp x1
- Additional batteries x4 (or a second headlamp)
- Utensils to cook x1
- Solid fuel tablets x10
- Medical pocket for the first aid x1
- Salt tablets or similar x20
- Water bidons of 1 liter x2 (or similar)
Highly recommended equipment:
- Mattress x1
- Additional clothes
- Cap x1
- Flip flop x1
How much food should we have for the competition?
Each entrant must provide his/her own food for 5 days. Each competitor must have 2 000k/calories per day, that is to say a minimum of 10 000k/calories, otherwise he/she will be penalized. Gas stoves are strictly forbidden.
How will I be able to orient myself on the course?
Participants must imperatively follow the course provided by the organization under penalty of penalty. The course will be marked by the organization team. In addition, before departure, participants will have a map with the route, distances, directions to follow as well as the particularities of the course. The absence of a card during the event will result in a penalty.
When will we have water during the competition?
Participants receive water at checkpoints (1 or 2 checkpoints per stage), morning and evening at the bivouac. It is imperative to have your bidons (compulsory equipment) because we do not give bottles. In addition, we do not distribute hot water.
What are the temperatures in Senegal in January ?
The theoretical temperatures in Senegal in January are between 15 and 20°C at night and between 25 and +35°C during the day.
How will we be accommodated during the event?
During the race the participants sleep in tents (two people per tent).
How to join the group before the event?
Registration fees do not include air tickets. Participants must individually manage transport (plane and airport transfer) to reach the meeting point with the group. Two meeting points are possible: the Africa Queen hotel in La Somone or the Saly Hotel in Saly.
How do I validate my registration?
To register for the NOMAD Senegal, we ask you to send us the registration form duly completed and signed. This document can be sent by mail or email. You must also send us a copy of your passport, a repatriation insurance certificate. Finally, to confirm your registration, you must pay the deposit. -> Entry fees details
What is the deadline to register?
There is no deadline to register for the NOMAD Senegal.