Senegal is a country in West Africa that is full of natural treasures and tourist attractions for travellers seeking adventure, change of scenery and culture.
Only 6 hours from Europe, Senegal will surprise and amaze you, with its diversity of landscapes and its authentic and varied experiences to live in the four corners of the country and alongside the inhabitants.
Dubbed “Teranga Country” (“Teranga means Wolof hospitality), Senegal is a country where hospitality is everywhere and makes sense. In addition to being a very welcoming country, Senegal is a country where we meet different peoples and ethnicities to discover their cultures, their ancestral customs and their beliefs, the time of a stroll in a village, in a market or in the city. Between cultural and historic cities such as Dakar, Saint-Louis and the island of Gorée, its national parks and ornithological nature reserves, its beaches and mangroves, or its savanna and traditional villages, Senegal is an exotic and still preserved destination.
Discover our selection of places not to be missed during your trip to Senegal.
Further south of the country, between the south of the Gambia and the north of Guinea-Bissau, the Casamance region is an incredible natural region with a variety of breathtaking landscapes: rainforest, mangroves, rivers and streams, fishing villages and islands.
In the heart of this region, discover the capital of Casamance, Ziguinchor with its historic center, its colonial houses and its markets as the unmissable market of St Maur-des-Fossés as well as the city of Oussouye, easy to discover by bike or even the seaside and so peaceful city of Cap-Skirring which houses the most beautiful wild beaches of Senegal. There are some nice canoe trips to explore the few peaceful islands of the Casamance delta, such as the island of Karabane at the mouth of the Casamance river: the island is suitable for resting since no car circulates, enjoy the beaches, discover its cultural heritage and why not try fishing.
To discover a Senegal off the beaten track and observe the fishermen there while enjoying a grilled fish, do not miss to visit the fishing village of Elinkine located west of Oussouye, in the mouth of the river Casamance.
- Niokolo-Koba National Park
To the east of the Casamance lies another natural park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Niokolo-Koba National Park. For nature and wildlife lovers, it is in this park that you may have the chance to observe wild animals from Africa such as lions, elephants, leopards, hippos, antelopes, crocodiles and monkeys. This region in the south-east of Senegal is a truly authentic region where you can also meet various ethnic groups such as the Peuls or the Bassari, alongside a local guide speaking the local dialects and discover their lifestyles and traditions.
- The Sine-Saloum region
South of the Petite-Côte and north of the Gambia is the Sine Saloum region, which is one of the most beautiful regions of Senegal with a very rich biodiversity, classified both as a World Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Between mangroves, islands and green islets, bolongs (water channels), sand banks and forests, the Sine Saloum region is one of the largest mangrove regions in Africa with its Saloum Delta as well as a natural park that is a true refuge of preserved wildlife.
You can access this region from N’Dangane (if you come from Dakar) or from the village of Toubacouta (if you come from the south). Considered as «the Amazon of Senegal», the towns and villages of this region are mainly explored by canoe or on foot.
To discover the islands and islets of the Sine Saloum Delta, nothing better than to embark on a canoe and navigate in the very heart of this natural park to observe all the surrounding nature, fishing boats, birds and enjoy the peace and quiet of this region.
South of Dakar, on the east coast of the country near the seaside resort of Saly, you will discover with the city of Mbour a real place of life, in the heart of an important fishing port of the country.
Mbour is the capital of the «Petite Côte» region which is full of hundreds of colorful fishing canoes. The waters of the sea abound with large fish such as tuna, marlin or swordfish and it is a real spectacle to observe the city and the effervescence of this port on the return of fishing.
The city of Mbour also houses a large market to buy its fish as well as fabric or other accessories made in Senegal like djembes.