Senegal is a relatively small country located on the west coast of Africa, and takes its name from the Senegal River which is one of the most prominent features in the country. The country spent many centuries as a French colony, and still retains many French features in the culture and language in the country. As a coastal country there are many international influences that can be found in Senegal, with the capital city of Dakar being an important trading port as well as an economic center.
Go Bird Spotting In The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Located in the north west corner of Senegal is the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, which is one of the most important wetland habitats for birds in this part of Africa. The park is located on the Senegal river and is a particularly important resting place for the migratory birds that have flown north over the Sahara desert. Visitors to the park will find it a beautiful place to visit with various bird populations present depending on the time of year, with pelicans, ospreys, flamingos and aquatic warblers all present at different times of the year.
There are also several animals such as jackals and crocodiles that feed on the birds, and visitors can use the paths and hides located around the sanctuary or it is also possible to visit the area on a small boat.
The city of Saint-Louis is located in the north west of Senegal, and is a city that is particularly noted for the vibrant cultural scene with regular festivals held throughout the year. Having served as the capital of Senegal for many years before this was transferred to Dakar in 1902, the city has some wonderful colonial architecture and in many areas looks more like a French town than a traditional African city. For those who are music fans visiting Senegal, timing a trip to coincide with the annual Saint-Louis Jazz Festival is well worth doing.
Go Shopping In Dakar’s Sandaga Market
The thriving city of Dakar is one of the busiest cities in Africa, and with good transport links with Europe and beyond is one of the main points of arrival for visitors coming in to West Africa. The Sandaga Market is one of the most interesting and notorious spots in the city, and as well as being a thriving market it is also popular with pickpockets, so make sure you keep your purse or wallet close. Despite this, exploring this wonderful market is a joy, with the area around the main building packed with all manner of different stalls offering almost everything you might want, while inside the market there are two floors of food stalls and a top floor of restaurants offering traditional Senegalese cuisine.
Relax And Unwind In Cap Skirring
Located on the south west coast of Senegal is the beautiful and relaxed town of Cap Skirring, which is now a popular tourist destination for those looking for wonderful beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. There are several hotel complexes here to accommodate the visitors, many of whom travel from Europe, and a trip here is a relaxing way to end a trip to Senegal. The golden sandy beaches and warm waters of the Atlantic help to make this a stunning place to unwind.