Senegal is one of the most accessible countries in Sub-Saharan Africa from Europe. Its political stability, its fabulous beaches and its fascinating traditions make it a favourite destination amongst many travellers. If you are not sure what there is to do in Senegal, read on for some great suggestions for your unforgettable trip.
Dakar is a fabulous city and will definitely be worth your time. The capital of the country has many markets, including that of Tilène where objects of art, jewelry and other specialties are sold for very affordable prices. Museums such as Theodore Monod Museum and the French Institute Sédar Senghor rival the most beautiful of our European museums. For an amazing panorama, go up to the Les Mamelles Lighthouse. Escape the noise of the city by taking refuge on the beach of Yoff, then explore the tip of the Almadies, the most western point of Africa located at the end of the peninsula of Cape Verde.
If you do not know what to do in Senegal, Lake Retba, or Lac Rose, is one of the most popular destinations in the country. Its shallow waters are in stark contrast with the blue sky, due to its high concentration of salt. At Lake Retba, you can observe the locals collecting salt by hand, surrounded by thousands of birds such as flamingos, pelicans, herons, terns and waders. It is possible to swim, or rather to float on the waters of the lake. Horseback rides are also organized in the surrounding area.
The region of Kédougou
Situated in south-eastern Senegal, the Kédougou region is a well-hidden treasure, a true ethnic crossroads where the Bassaris, Malinke, Soninkés and Dialonkés people mix. Although the villages of these tribes are easily accessible, it is advisable to visit accompanied by a guide speaking the local dialects in order to avoid any misunderstanding.
If you love nature, make sure to visit the Niokolo-Koba National Park. This is a natural protected park amazing flora and fauna. Part of this park are the Dindefelo Falls, a beautiful waterfall that is sure to take your breath away.
Gorée Island is home to the House of Slaves, once built by an Anglo-French family but now operates as a museum and memorial. The island was once part of the Atlantic Slave. This historically important island is now known for its beautiful Mediterranean architecture. Located a short ferry ride from Dakar, many visitors come here to view the architecture and visit the House of Slaves Museum.