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  • 1 Gorée Island Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    With its lovely colonial houses in warm colours, sandy tracks and flourishing bougainvilleas, Gorée Island off the coast of Dakar feels amazingly calm and well-balanced, but we mustn't forget its dark days during the slave trade. Gorée is on the UNES..

  • 2 Djoudj National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A Unesco world heritage site, Djoudj National Park is exceptional! Pelicans, pink flamingos, cormorants, herons and hundreds of species of migratory birds take refuge in the providential, yet threatened and fragile ecosystem of the Senegal River delt..

  • 3 Casamance Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    For safety reasons, tourists are advised to avoid this region. The Casamance region, between Gambia and Guinea, is a must-see on any trip to Senegal. The most fertile region in the country, it is filled with lush vegetation and also attracts visitors..

  • 4 Saloum Delta National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Saloum Delta National Park in the western part of the country is a 76,000 ha biosphere reserve with herons, avocets, terns (especially on Bird Island), all sorts of fish, and warthogs. A paradise of untamed nature combining land and water, mangrove s..

  • 5 House of Slaves Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Saint-Germain

    The controversy over the extent of slavery on Gorée Island is quite heated. But the House of Slaves, built in the late 18C in the same style as the trading houses and painted an intense pink colour, embodies the dramatic story experienced by the Afri..

  • 6 N'Gor Beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    N'Gor Beach is a long, beautiful, sandy and highly popular beach located near the centre of Dakar (access fee). More seaside enjoyments await you on the little island of the same name across from it.

  • 7 Bandia Reserve Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Bandia Reserve, inland from the Petite-Côte, boasts 3,500 ha with numerous species of African wildlife including rhinos, giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, ostriches and crocodiles! A miniature safari to be captured on camera for posterity.

  • 8 Lompoul Desert Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    A preview of the Sahara just behind the Grande-Côte. For a totally new experience take a camel ride over the sand dunes stretching out for several kilometres. Enjoy the mirage!

  • 9 Guet N'Dar Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Guet N'Dar is a neighbourhood south of Saint-Louis totally turned towards the sea. Watch the scores of boats floating down the river or heading out to the ocean, the fishermen returning with their catch and the women preparing the fish, and enjoy the..

  • 10 Niokolo Koba National Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Niokolo Koba National Park contains over 900,000 ha crisscrossed by the Gambia River and filled with a wide variety of landscapes and protected wildlife. Hire a guide and take your time to increase your chances of seeing the most animals (including w..

  • 11 Cap-Skirring Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Cap-Skirring, in Casamance, is the finest of Senegal's beaches. It has everything you need for a perfect seaside holiday, from its golden sandy beaches lined with coconut palms to it warm waters and vast areas where you can find peace and quiet. The ..

  • 12 Senegal River Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    For security reasons, tourists are advised to avoid this region. Senegal is both a country and a river which acts as a natural border with Mauritania and flows for over 1,700 km through a broad and fertile valley contrasting with the arid Sahel aroun..

  • 13 Théodore Monod Museum of African Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    1 Place Soweto

    Folk art and traditions are featured in the permanent collection of the Théodore Monod Museum of African Art, and contemporary art in its temporary exhibitions. A must-see in Dakar.

  • 14 Sandaga Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Since the closure of the covered market (1933), the hustle and bustle has spilled over into the vicinity and the stands are brimming with food, fabrics, books - and pretty much anything else you can imagine. A chance to get to know the authentic Daka..

  • 15 Le Plateau Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de l'Indépendance

    Le Plateau, the historic centre of Dakar, occupies the tip of the peninsula and contains the city's major attractions including colonial buildings (Presidential Palace, City Hall), the Théodore-Monod Museum and markets. This area, which doesn't feel ..

  • 16 Saint-Louis Island Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The city's historic centre is on Saint-Louis Island, a long strip of land accessible via the Eiffel-styleFaidherbe Bridge. Note the Great Mosque to the north, as well as the cathedral evoking colonial days and the buildings lining Faidherbe Square. T..

  • 17 Îles de la Madeleine Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Rising out of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Dakar, the Îles de la Madeleine are an ornithological sanctuary turned into a national park in 1976. A nature-lover's paradise uninhabited by man, they boast terns, northern gannets, skuas and black k..

  • 18 Keur Moussa Monastery Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Since 1963 Keur Moussa Monastery has echoed with the sounds of Gregorian chants sung by Benedictine monks accompanied on the kora. The service is sung at 10am on Sunday morning. There's nice goat cheese for sale too.

  • 19 Bassari Country Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    This area in the southeastern tip of Senegal is named after the Bassaris who live here, a poor and highly traditional people whose initiation rites take place between April and June. Explore their world and its rugged natural beauty.

  • 20 The Petite-Côte Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The Petite-Côte south of Dakar possesses the country's largest seaside infrastructure. The long beach is like a ribbon of sand lining the Atlantic Ocean, quite calm here. Numerous water sports activities available. Ideal for a relaxing family holiday..

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